School of Contemplative Life

There is a school starting up this Spring that some of you may be interested in. For those who have been interested in Sustainable Faith’s Schools of Spiritual Direction but aren’t interested in becoming Spiritual Directors, this may be for you. This School swims in the same stream.

The cohort that is beginning in Winnipeg is led by Rick and Luanne Hill! Below is an invitation from the Hills:

For the past several years, we have been on a path of unpacking our well-worn spiritual lives and seeking to find deeper meaning in our relationship with God and with ourselves. We have made some discoveries that we wanted to share with you.

Many of us in our spiritual walk, have been taught to learn things about God and to do things for God. In our experience, we have found that this way of doing life can leave us tired and weary and asking ourselves “is there something more to sustain our sense of connection with Love?”. If the extent of our relationship is based primarily on learning and doing we can miss out completely on the invitation to know our Creator on a deeper level, in our hearts, the place of our deepest longings and desires. 

We are curious…. what is going on in the quiet, hidden places of your soul? Are good things happening there? Are you hungry to experience God in a deeper way? We would like to invite you on a journey to experience the slow unhurried process of transformation in your life. Together we will learn how to develop the healthy spiritual habits/practices that create a space for us to deepen our awareness of how God is moving in our lives and to allow our truest selves to emerge – an opportunity for awakening.

We are offering the School of Contemplative Life (SCL), beginning April 30th – May 1st.  SCL is set up as a two-year journey, but you can commit to Year 1 and Year 2 separately. Each year consists of four 24-hour experiences spaced evenly over a 12- month period. Each retreat will focus on a particular spiritual practice that will help us to experience God in a more profound way. It is important to note that much of the transformation occurs between retreats as we connect our interior work with our outer world.

You can find out more information about the School of Contemplative Live (SCL) on the website of Sustainable Faith here.

Please note that although the school is designed for in-person retreats, in light of current public health restrictions, the cohort will be offered online this year.

Please contact us with any questions you may have and feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone you feel might be interested. 

We look forward to connecting with you!

Luanne and Rick Hill

Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

Ending Poverty Together Workshop

We are excited to be hosting an event that will help provide some good foundation for our Activation towards those who are poor. Several WCVers participated in this workshop during the Belong Symposium in November and were impressed by the content high quality interactive delivery.

We have a long history of engaging in issues of poverty, working alongside the marginalized, and actively pursing justice in our community. We’re praying that this workshop will help rekindle this Core Practice of WCV.

Workshop facilitators from Food for the Hungry Canada will be leading us in this engaging and highly interactive workshop.

About this Event:

Have you ever been in this situation? A commercial shows you an image of a starving child in Africa and petitions that only you can help. Or someone living in homelessness approaches you on the sidewalk and asks for money. Or you suspect your neighbour is going into debt because of job loss during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

What do I do? Can I really make a difference? 

We invite you to join with others to explore the big questions about poverty and discuss tangible solutions.

Join us for a 3.5 hour interactive online workshop on Saturday, March 13th, 2021. 12:30pm – 4pm.

This online workshop will be interactive through a zoom link. Materials will be emailed to you for most effective participation.

>>Register here!<<

Space will be limited.

KidUnique Workshop

WCV is hosting a parenting workshop with guest speaker Cathy Dyck.

Due to low registrations this workshop will be cancelled. Stay tuned for a future KidUnique workshop.

The goal of the workshop is to equip parents, leaders and other adults who have a relationship of influence in the life of a child or a teen, to intentionally reflect God’s heart to the kids they care about, helping them begin to discover who it is that He has created them to be and what He has created them to do.

Participants will:
• Get an overview of ways in which culture is impacting their children and their families.
• Identify character qualities that they as parents can cultivate that will help them engage with their kids in positive and meaningful ways.
• Receive practical tools and ideas which will help them get and stay close to the kids they care about, using the 4 window model.
• Create 1 or 2 doable actions steps which will have a positive impact on the relationship they have with the kid they care about whether they are 5 or 15.
• Have opportunity to consider an optional workbook that is both a guide and a journal.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn strategies for engaging with your kids and youth, to walk alongside them as they navigate the challenges of developing a deep relationship with God in a digital era.

>>>The Details:

  • February 22, 2020
  • 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • There is a $10 fee to help cover a light lunch.  To register contact Andy Arthur or the WCV Office.

EHS Next Steps Resources

The EHS Course is over and by all accounts was a great success! If you’re wondering what’s next, here are a few specific resources that we’ve put together to continue to fuel the journey. If you’re interested in taking the Emotionally Healthy Relationships course, or if you missed the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course and would like to do it, let us know!

Books for further exploration:

  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Peter Scazerro (the book the course is built on)
  • God in my Everything: how an ancient rhythm helps busy people enjoy God – Ken Shigematsu
  • The Celebration of Discipline: the path to spiritual growth – Richard Foster
  • The Spirit of the Disciplines: understanding how God changes lives – Dallas Willard
  • Liturgy of the Ordinary: sacred practices in everyday life – Tish Harrison Warren
  • The Common Rule: habits of purpose for an age of distraction – Justin Whitmel Earley

Prayer Guides:

  • Celtic Book of Daily Prayer – Northumbria Community
  • Guide to Prayer for All God’s People – Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job
  • Common Prayer: a liturgy for ordinary radicals – Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove & Enuma Okoro

Apps / podcasts:

  • The Overflow – bible reading plan which has a variety of options for reading scripture.
  • Pray As You Go – a Jesuit prayer guide that includes daily meditations and examples of prayer practices like the Examen, Gospel Contemplation and Lectio Divina.
  • The Daily Disconnect – a short, simple guided Christian meditation from a guy with a great accent.

More in-Depth:

Additional Resources from a few of you:

Thanks to those of you who contributed to the following list of books and apps. If you have more to add, please do so in the comment section below.

  • Daring Greatly: how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead – Brené Brown
  • The Divine Conspiracy: rediscovering our hidden life in God – Dallas Willard
  • Renovation of the Heart: putting on the character of Christ – Dallas Willard
  • Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians – James Gilchrist Lawson
  • Confessions – St. Augustine
  • Devotional Classics – Richard Foster
  • Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret – Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor
  • Abide: Christian Meditation – a prayer app
  • iMissal – a prayer app 
  • The Worldwide Rosary Prayer – an app produced by a Flatlander

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course Kick-off

We had a great beginning to the EHS Course on Wednesday night. We are super encouraged by the response – 71 people are taking this ground-breaking course! Over the run of 8 sessions, we’ll be exploring the themes of:

  • The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality
  • Know Yourself that you may Know God
  • Going Back in Order to Go Forward
  • Journey through the Wall
  • Enlarge Your Soul through Grief and Loss
  • Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath
  • Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult
  • Go the Next Step to Develop a “Rule of Life”

If you’re taking this course, we’ll be exploring these topics in depth. If you’re not in the course, you can always sign up the next time (if this first round goes well). Also, we’ll be exploring the same themes throughout the Fall on Sunday mornings. The past two Sundays we’ve explored the first two topics and this coming Sunday I’ll be sharing on “Going Back in Order to Go Forward”. We will look at Joseph’s life in Genesis 50 as a template for this important idea.

There sure seems to be a lot of life on this course – let’s pray that God deeply meets each person involved and that we, as a community, will become more grounded, healthy and alive in Jesus as a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in us this season.

Outer Circle & Spiritual Formation

Our next instalment of the upgraded version of the Outer Circle (OC 2.0) is Monday, April 30, 7 – 9pm.

The Outer Circle has become a time to focus on training for spiritual transformation together. This means that after beginning with coffee and dessert there will be a short teaching on the spiritual exercise we’re exploring that evening, then we’ll practice it right there together. The purpose is to give practical tools and experiences that we can use to create space for God to meet us.

The purpose of the Outer Circle is to focus on spiritual transformation so that we can become the kind of people – the kind of community – that God is calling us to become.

Transformation isn’t something that results from our own efforts. Neither does Christlikeness just happen. Rather, if we create spaces in our lives – rhythms and practices – that give room for God, transformation will result. A caterpillar does not become a butterfly on their own effort. Rather they submit to the process of metamorphosis. In other words, they set up the necessary conditions for the mystery of transformation then they simply give themselves over to the process. In us, it is a work of divine love that causes change. The practices we’ll be exploring this year are similar to the necessary ingredients that are needed for a caterpillar to create their cocoon. What you do with these tools is between you and God. History proves that if you take them up and learn to use them, great things will happen in your life and in the lives of those around you.

This Monday, Beckie Wood will share how engaging in a few spiritual practices has impacted her life. Then Suhail Stephen will lead us in a short teaching and experience of a way of reading scripture called Lectio Divina. As will become usual, there will be tools you can take home to add to your toolkit.

The Dates and Topics of the Outer Circles for the year are:

  • March 10: Scripture (Gospel Contemplation)
  • April 30: Scripture (Lectio Divina)
  • May 28: Rest (Sabbath)
  • October 1: Prayer (Silence)
  • November 5: Discernment (Examen)

If you missed the first Outer Circle in March, you can access the resource (Gospel Contemplation) here.

>>Mark your calendars.

>>Everyone’s welcome!

Monday, April 30, 7pm


>>What’s Changed in OC 2.0?

  • Less involved gatherings (no more meals with childcare).
  • More focussed gatherings emphasizing transformation & training.
  • No more “Prayer, People, Plan process”.
  • No more annual renewal.
  • Don’t have to commit to an annual process.
  • The purpose of Triads is connection and support – not to keep track of each other’s plans.
  • The time (7pm – 9pm).

>>What stays the same in OC 2.0?:

  • Triads are still an essential and live-giving way to find connection and support in the Vineyard.
  • Triads and House Groups are still primary ways of belonging in the Vineyard (but not the only ways).
  • The basic vision of encouraging growth remains the same.

A Word about Membership at the Vineyard

Membership at the Vineyard is spelled out here. In short it means “Belong, Serve, Give”. Participation in a Triad in the Outer Circle process is one of the markers of belonging (as is being part of a House Group). This isn’t changing.



Theology Training – Every Church – Every Nation – maybe you?

Do you have a desire to know God more and study his word?  Do you have a feeling there is something more for you in his Kingdom work, and don’t know what your next step might be?  Do you want to pursue further training and get better equipped to do what you’re already doing?  Perhaps the Vineyard Institute is for you.  VI is a modular, video and cohort based training program within the Vineyard.  Check out more at the Vineyard Institute.  The application deadline for the Fall Quarter is approaching quickly.

You can talk to Andy for more info.


Why Enroll in Vineyard Institute? from Vineyard Institute on Vimeo.

Justice Flow: 8 Essential Movements

God’s Kingdom is marked by justice.  Wrongs are made right wherever and whenever his will is done.  Yet we all have basic assumptions about what is right and how to go about welcoming his activity in our lives and communities.  In “Justice Flow” we will explore 8 essential movements that just communities embrace.  These 8 shifts in thinking and practice are critical as we walk faithfully and effectively with the marginalized in our societies, cultures and economies.  These movements, like a river, are always flowing – always inviting us to jump in.  We can stand on the banks, or we can jump in and let the current of God’s Kingdom take us to new places as we join him in his restorative work.


This event will be filmed and used as the basis for a new Vineyard Institute course on justice.  Footage will also be used in new Vineyard Canada material.  However, we’re not content with the “talking head” format of teaching – we want to create an engaging learning environment in which participants are challenged, inspired and encouraged through teaching, storytelling, activities and creative interaction.

If you want to get a taste of what some of the teaching in the Vineyard School of Justice is like, this is a great event for you!


Everyone is welcome to attend.  There are no special requirements other than you want to engage in the material!

Beth WoodBeth Wood is the community connections pastor at the Metro Vineyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  She brings a wealth of experience working in the public and private sectors in Canada, Brazil, Angola and Rwanda.  Her teaching is thoughtful, engaging and practical.

Andy Wood TeachingAndy Wood is a pastor at Winnipeg Centre Vineyard.  He founded the Vineyard School of Justice in 1999 and has lived and worked in the inner city in Winnipeg for the past 18 years.  He draws on local experience, like starting Flatlanders Inn, and international work in the Philippines and Nepal.


April 8 – 9, 2016

  • Friday 7 – 9pm
  • Saturday 9am – 4pm

A light lunch will be provided on Saturday.


Winnipeg Centre Vineyard, 782 Main St. – Flatlanders Studio, 3rd floor.


Because of the nature of the event, we ask that you not come and go since this will disrupt the filming.    There is no cost to this event, but there will be an opportunity to contribute to the snacks and lunch that will be provided on Saturday!  If you have any questions, please contact Andy.


>>Sign Up here.

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Leadership Development Opportunity

What makes a leader lead?

If people are just born leaders, most of us are out of luck.  But we believe leadership is something people can grow into.  Learning the five main practices that make up leadership is the goal of this ten week course, done in a small group setting.  There will be both homework and coaching – as well as opportunities to step out in leadership at the Vineyard, in a way that fits your commitment and capacity.  It begins January 29 for 10 weeks.
Please contact the office below to sign up or find out more info.
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