Thinking about opening a Vineyard Christian Fellowship church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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The Vineyard Movement
The Association of Vineyard Churches (or Vineyard Movement) as an evangelical, charismatic movement that began in the 1970s under the leadership of John Wimber, a driving force behind the formation of the band, the Righteous Brothers, as well as an influential pastor and teacher.
Vineyard churches are non-dogmatic, moderately conservative and casual. Rather than focusing on doctrinal statements, the Vineyard Movement is know for its emphasis on signs, wonders and contemporary worship music.
The Vineyard is fertile ground for religious entrepreneurs since church multiplication is a denominational priority. But prospective church leaders in the Vineyard Movement should start by attending the Vineyard Leadership Institute, a two-year training program that is located on the campus of the Vineyard Church of Columbus (Ohio).
Marketing a New Vineyard Church
Vineyard churches are known for emphasizing cultural relevance in their approach to ministry. But in order to be culturally relevant, you need to communicate with the people in your community in ways they can understand.
As a Vineyard church planter, you will be called upon to design and execute a marketing strategy for promoting your church to your community. The marketing messages you communicate should be fine-tuned to speak the language of unchurched families in your area.
Even more, you will need to learn how to market your church plant using today's most trafficked communication channels. In many cases, that means incorporating online marketing techniques into your overall marketing strategy.
For more information about church marketing, check out our "Tips for Marketing a Religious Startup".
These additional resources regarding getting started as a religious entrepreneur may be of interest to you.
If you currently own a Vineyard Christian Fellowship church, these resources will come in handy:
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