The Global Vineyard Family
The Association of Vineyard Churches, also known as the Vineyard Movement, is a charismatic evangelical Christian denomination with over 1,500 affiliated churches worldwide.
The Vineyard Movement began chiefly through the ministry of John Wimber who in 1977 began pastoring a church in Yorba Linda, California called Calvary Chapel, which then in 1982 became the Vineyard Christian Fellowship.
John Wimber had previously been a pastor in the Quakers church, and then worked as a church growth consultant at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena. Alexander Venter describes a key moment in 1980, when John invited Lonnie Frisbee to speak at an evening service.
“After Lonnie spoke, he asked the Holy Spirit for forgiveness for the way the Church had grieved Him, and then he said, ‘Come Holy Spirit.’ And He came! There was an outpouring of power that none of them had ever witnessed or experienced before… About 1,700 people were converted and 700 of them were baptized in water over a period of about a year.” (Doing Church: Building from the Bottom Up, Alexander Venter).
Since those early days, the Vineyard Movement has continued to grow as we raise up disciples and plant churches across the world. Our influence on the wider Church has been most notable through our heartfelt stripped-back worship music and our determination to witness to the coming Kingdom by empowering all believers to use both natural and spiritual gifts. In short, we want to be like Jesus and do the things He promised we’d do.
Vineyard Churches in Australia
Prior to 1995, there had been a number of very successful Vineyard conferences run in Australia. However it was not until 1995 that the first Vineyard churches were commenced in Australia. These were in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. On the 13th March, 2003 the Vineyard churches of Australia were released and recognised as our own national movement and so the Association of Vineyard Churches, Australia was born. Vineyard Brisbane West was founded by Graeme and Cecily Oxford in 2002 and is a member of Vineyard Churches Australia (VCA).
Come see for yourself what makes the Vineyard such a special family to be a part of. Join us for our Sunday gathering at 9:30am in Forge Close, SUMNER in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane. If that’s too far to travel, say g’day to our sister church Vineyard Pine Rivers on the Northside. Their address is 36-38 Paisley Drive, LAWNTON.