Like a lot of our Vineyard churches, Urban Vineyard started with a group of friends meeting in a lounge sharing a meal and sharing their dreams. From that simple start, the group grew too large for a house and so moved to a commercial building in downtown Auckland in Wellesley St.
We had our public launch as a church in April 2001. We continued to grow and outgrew that location and moved to an empty warehouse in Newton Rd (our present location) at the end of 2002. We began with a meeting at 5pm, and then in 2007 launched a morning gathering - Urban @10am - which included a great kids program as well.
Our desire is to continue to reach people with the great news of Jesus, and keep on adding new congregations as well as growing our exisiting ones.
It has been a great adventure so far, and we can't wait to see what Jesus will do with us next!
the vineyard story
The Vineyard Movement originated in the United States in 1974, with the first Vineyard Church growing rapidly and attracting a wide range of mostly young people with a desire to know, experience and share their faith in God.
Before long several other Vineyard Churches were planted in California, with priorities of fostering worship, evangelism, relationships, healing, training and church planting.
In 1982 John Wimber and several other pastors led their existing churches into the Vineyard Movement as their visions were complimentary and before long John became leader of the Movement. Initially Vineyard restricted its church-planting thrust to North America, limiting its operation in other countries to renewal conferences and training. However Vineyard has now recognized a clear call to plant churches throughout the world including New Zealand.
Vineyard’s first impact in New Zealand came when John Wimber held the ‘Signs, Wonders and Church Growth Conference’ in 1986, which had a significant effect on many denominations in this country. It provided an alternative theology and practice for healing and other Holy Spirit empowered works through emphasis on Kingdom theology and ‘only doing what you see the Father doing’. Vineyard Churches New Zealand was launched in March 1995 when the 10 New Zealand Harvest Christian Centres became Vineyard Christian Fellowships.
Harvest had been styled on the purposes, values and priorities of Vineyard Churches since its inception in 1989, but had not been given permission to use the Vineyard name, nor formally be part of the Movement till March 1995.
The first Harvest Christian Centre was planted in Mahurangi in October 1989 by Lloyd & Victoria Rankin. It quickly grew & was instrumental in the planting of the next 9 Harvest Churches. The growth has continued with more churches being planted, and more people finding a living faith in Jesus Christ. We are committed to taking our place in the body of Christ in NZ and the world. To fulfil the calling that God has given us as a ‘tribe’ within the family of God – to bring our flavour, and in so doing enriching the body of Christ and being enriched by the body of Christ. Vineyard Churches typically emphasize:
- Biblical Teaching
- Contemporary Music
- The centrality of Jesus Christ
- Mercy, Compassion and Grace
- Concern for the poor
- Prayer for the sick
- Respect for the whole body of Christ
- Small Groups
Developing Followers of Jesus through Authentic Kingdom living
At Urban Vineyard we are committed to the mission that Christ left us, 'to make disciples (or followers of Jesus)'. We want to do this by simply living authentically as kingdom people and equipping people to live as Christ would have us live.
We value simplicity and reality and try our best to cut through religiosity and pretence and make it as easy as possible for people to fully experience Jesus with as many cultural barriers out of the way.
We desire to worship God with our whole being. We want Jesus at the center as our Lord. We hunger for the fullness of the Spirit... His glory resting upon us! (Philippians 3:3, Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 42:1, 2, John 4:24! Psalm 63:1-5, Romans 12:1)
We desire Spirit-enabled worship in a style that is intimate, dynamic, culture current, and life changing. (1 Peter 2:4, Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 14:26)
We want to hear the Word of God taught in a practical, inspiring way, in conjunction with His current prophetic word. (Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16, 17, 1 Corinthians 14:26)
We aim to hear and obey God's Word to us to be "doers of the Word" who are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. (Matthew 7:24-27, James 1:22)
We are the family of God, one Body in Jesus Christ, joined together as brothers and sisters forever. (John 17:20-23, Romans 12:3-5)
We seek to develop real, intimate, enabling friendships together, built on covenant love, mutual responsibility and faithfulness. (Hebrews 3:12-14, Philippians 2:3-5, Ephesians 4:11-16, Colossians 3:12-15)
We believe that all Christians are called to serve Christ in the power of His Spirit, in ways that build up the local church. (1 Peter 4:10,11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, Acts 1:8)
We are called to do the ministry of Christ in the world today, for example, to...
- preach the Gospel of the Kingdom
- persuade men to repent and believe in Jesus
- heal the sick
- care for the poor and those in need
- counsel those in need of God's wisdom
- teach believers to follow Christ
- give our resources to the work of Christ
- train Christians to serve the Lord.
(Luke 4:18, 19, James 1:27, Acts 26:18, Matthew 28:18-20)
We believe that all Christians should be trained to "do the works of Christ." (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2)
We are committed to the "show and tell" model of "on the job" training, in which trainees are introduced to doing ministry functions with trainers and then are taught during and after the training experience. (Luke 11:1-4)
We aim to provide training for all aspects of responsible Christian life and ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
We aim to renew, refresh, and enable existing churches by sending trained personnel out on short-term ministry trips. (Matthew 10:5-15, Luke 9:1-6; 10:1)
We aim to build the Church of Jesus Christ by sending trained personnel to plant churches around the world. (Revelation 5:9,10, Romans 15:20)
A great bunch of people make up the team here at Urban Vineyard. All who make Urban their home are part of the Urban Team.
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