The worship bear

The worship bear

  A while back I was on a trip to the east coast to a church in Rhode Island and saw what looked to me like a great outreach idea. In the center of each pew, someone had placed a “worship bear.”  During the service they announced that if you knew of someone who is...
How are you welcoming?

How are you welcoming?

Remember the last time you walked into a church or another large gathering and didn’t know anyone? Maybe it was a school event and it seemed all the other parents already knew each other. It can be really hard to come into an already established community like a...
Outreach planning

Outreach planning

By guest blogger Insoo Kim, Vineyard Church Planter in Vancouver In the sea of different choices for outreach options, how do you determine which would be best for your church plant or congregation? I have come up with the following set of criteria to help us evaluate...
Light of the World? The Missional Church

Light of the World? The Missional Church

The Missional Church You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine...
City Seminary: in New York City

City Seminary: in New York City

I recently met with some Vineyard leaders at City Seminary in Harlem. It was a great time as we talked about how to reach the diverse mosaic of neighborhoods in all the boroughs of NYC… with a multitude of missional communities and neighborhood churches. During one of...
Building Communities of Care

Building Communities of Care

Today’s entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace. During my time in leadership of a local church of 3,500 people, we decided to create and implement tangible outreach objectives that would impact child welfare and health in our community. Disparities in health...