The Vineyard is God’s Idea

The Vineyard is God’s Idea

The following text was written by Phil and Jan Strout, Vineyard USA National Directors, for the recently released “What is the Vineyard?” booklet published by the Vineyard USA. “There are a number of things that come to mind when we are asked ‘What is the Vineyard?’ We are going to attempt to express our thoughts in a very simple way, from our point of view. “The Vineyard is God’s idea. We often refer to the Vineyard as a ‘movement of people’ that God initiated and invited, among many others, to join His mission. In other words, we are recipients of and participants in God’s great grace and mercy. “We are a people who have responded to this invitation to join God’s mission, for His greater glory and the well being of people. In responding to the invitation of God, men and women like the Wimbers, the Fultons, and numerous others found themselves swept up in a Holy Spirit avalanche. These people who were at the beginning of this movement did not sit in a boardroom and draw up a five-part plan to form a movement that would spread around the world. This is very important for our present understanding of the Vineyard. “We were called into being as worshippers and Jesus-followers, grateful and humbled by God’s inclusion of people like us. As we understood early on, we received much from God in relation to his presence – his power, his favor, his fruit. We all heard: “We get, to give.” What God had done in the people of the Vineyard, he wanted to do through these people. We have...

Christmas Greetings to Vineyard Movement from the Strouts

Phil and Janet Strout have released a sweet Christmas greeting to the Vineyard Movement. Give it a watch. 🙂 Phil also posted a video summarizing the past year and looking forward to the new year. Specifically, God seems highlighting the concept of servant leadership and what it means to be servant with Phil – leading him to pulling out all his books on the topic so that he can re-read them this winter. Not sure what that means for the movement, but it should be good....