Heritage and Leadership: The benefits of belonging to a denomination?

Earlier this month my denomination, the Association of Vineyard Churches, installed it’s 5th and latest USA national director, Phil Strout.

The Vineyard US web site has a short and encouraging article that overviews the history of the Vineyard movement and the previous USA national directors (they quote me in it which was unexpected).

I’ve been part of the Vineyard Churches since I was 19, nearly 25 years now.  I remember the crazy roller coaster years of research and development that was earlier Vineyard.  I also remember the turbulent post-Wimber years.  And now something else seems to be taking shape, with a new confidence, breadth and maturity.

The practice of the kingdom of God, care for the poor, social justice, cultural diversity, creation care, empowered leadership, a love for and expectation/experience of the Holy Spirit, growing engagement in theological reflection, cultural awareness and contextual mission, and within all this a confidence in the Gospel as something bring to others.

Just some of the reasons I am glad to be part of my denomination.