Renovation Vineyard Church – What Holds Us Together
We must live and die to see and to worship Jesus Christ in all His Kingly power and authority. All of our various values are supported, sustained, and empowered by:
THE KING ‐ “We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels ‐ everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence and He holds it all together, right up to this moment. And when it comes to the Church, He organizes and He holds it together, like a head does a body. He was supreme in the beginning, and ‐ leading the resurrection parade ‐ He is supreme in the end. From beginning to end He’s there, towering far above everything, everyone.”
THE KINGDOM ‐ We aim to move in the signs of the present fulfillment of the Kingdom, invoking the Holy Spirit’s powerful presence, ministering through the Spirit’s gifts, and seeing God heal and work wonders.
We value THE PURSUIT OF GOD. We are hungry to know God’s presence, hear His voice, and follow hard after Him.
We value CHRISTLIKENESS. We desire that in the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ love, mercy, grace, truth, purity, power, and integrity would shine through all that we are and do.
We value BEING SPIRIT‐LED. We honor Jesus as our Head and the Holy Spirit as our Counselor and the Administrator of our church. We seek to be actively responsive to the Holy Spirit’s daily leading of our personal lives and ministries and of this local church.
We value PRAYER. We believe that prayer is essential, because it is our primary means of communion with God, and is of utmost importance in our personal lives and in the ministries of the local church.
We value DISCIPLESHIP. Our intent is to teach all believers to believe Jesus’ words, obey His commands, and demonstrate His works. We aim first to grow as disciples of Christ ourselves and then to make disciples of others.
We value the MERCY OF GOD. We believe that mercy is fundamental to all that God does in salvation. We, therefore, aim to extend mercy to one another and to all to whom we minister.
We value INTEGRITY. It is important for us to speak the truth, deal honestly, and live uprightly.
We value SERVANT LEADERSHIP. We believe that Christ has put significant leadership authority in the hands of the pastor and associates. We aim to exercise that authority with humility, selflessness, grace, care for the sheep, and a sincere desire to build up the Body of Christ, which is the Church.
We value THE INDIVIDUAL, single or married, and we want to enable and support mature relationships and family growth.
We value UNITY. We are convinced that all who belong to Christ are one in His Body, the Church. We aim to maintain unity by honoring all who call on Jesus’ name and by seeking reconciliation with all parts of the Church.
We value COLLEGIAL RELATIONSHIPS. We are honored by every person whom God adds to our local church. We aim to work together to build the Church through maintaining mutual respect, open communication, determined cooperation, and believing and speaking the best about each other.
We value REALITY. We aim to walk in the Spirit and see real supernatural works of God. We aim also to function on the natural plan based on God’s leading in conjunction with excellent, relational thinking.
We value AUTHENTICITY. We wish to do nothing for “emotional effect” but rather to operate in natural, low‐key, non‐hype patterns. We desire to work out the ministry of Christ with joy.
We value being CULTURALLY CURRENT. We aim to develop an atmosphere of ease, and to speak, act, and dress in ways in which our culture can respond positively. We believe that we have no right and certainly no authority to ever change the package [the Word of God]. But we do have the right, and indeed the responsibility to always change the packaging [the presentation of worship] in order to stay relevant with the community around us which we are called to serve.