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The world is urbanizing. Cities continue to grow and thrive. Local churches in the Vineyard Movement are faced with the challenge of considering how their contextualized ecclesiology can and should be expressed in growing metropolitan regions. To address this challenge, this ministry focus paper seeks to consider how these imminent urban complexities should be interpreted and engaged by existing local Vineyard churches and church plants as well as embraced by future metropolitan planters.
The purpose of this project in three parts is, through the lenses of a renewal theological position, to equip, connect, and mobilize Vineyard national leaders, Vineyard local pastors, and Vineyard church planters for the challenges that lay ahead. First, the project will equip these groups to understand how renewal theology matches with Vineyard empowerment theology. They will understand the growing reality of metropolitan regions in the United States. Second, the project will connect churches and their members who desire to engage strategic metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Third, the project will mobilize the Vineyard Movement and local Vineyard churches to engage with new tools and resources for developing a contextualized urban ecclesiological strategy.
In order to aggregate Vineyard pastors and leaders around a new urban ecclesiology, a pilot project will be created. This metropolitan strategy and network initiative will serve as the connection point for Vineyard pastors and leaders. It will equip, connect, and mobilize leaders to understand their cities and how to missionally contextualize their faith. Qualifying churches and leaders will be identified. Resources for equipping will be developed and shared. Events combining both learning and connecting will be launched. Special consideration will be given to the “equip, connect, mobilize” strategy structure.
Content Reader: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD
Association of Vineyard Churches; City missions; Church development, New; Christian leadership; Evangelistic work
Missions and World Christianity
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Meekins, Christopher, "The Vineyard Movement and Cities: A Thoughtful Engagement" (2015). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 189.