Mission, Vision, and Values
The Vineyard Church of Ithaca Exists to:
Demonstrate God’s love to those who are distant from Jesus and His church, draw them into relationship with Him and us, and within the context of community minister healing and equip them for service, and help them to become fully developed followers of Jesus Christ.
Our vision is to be a diverse and growing movement of people who:
Model their lives after Jesus and are seeking to grow in spiritual maturity.
Experience God's active power in their life together.
Reflect lives characterized by love, acts of service and generosity.
Are intentional about sharing their lives with each other and their community.
Are a resource to, and known as a force of reconciliation within, their community.
Committed to helping every individual discover and fully develop his or her gifts.
We value the kingdom of God:
We believe the kingdom of God, which is the future reign of God breaking into the present through the life and ministry of Jesus, is the overarching and integrating theme of the Bible. We are committed to proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God and to bearing witness to the “already and not yet” of the kingdom in our words and deeds—through healing (physical, emotional, and social), doing justice, and setting free those held captive by evil.
We value embracing the sacred in every aspect of life:
We believe that our whole life is set apart for Christ and His purposes. We view life in an integrated, holistic manner, rejecting the idea that there are “sacred & secular” aspects of life. We welcome God’s presence, seeking to be attentive to what “the Father is doing,” and supporting His work with our whole lives. We value an approach to God’s presence that is respectful both of God and others. We eschew hype and other efforts to manipulate either God’s presence or the response of others to his presence. We are committed to being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and responding in a way that is naturally supernatural whether we are at church, home, work, school, or wherever.
We value living life together:
We do not want to be just a collection of individuals or a large crowd. God is looking for us to be a community of people who have joined his mission in the world – because following Jesus happens in the context of relationships, not in isolation. We aim to build up the church, and each other through maintaining mutual respect, open communication, determined cooperation, and believing and speaking the best about each other.
We value ministry based on the compassion of Jesus:
We believe that mercy is fundamental to all that God does in salvation. We therefore aim to extend compassion to one another, and to each person God brings into our lives. We believe that the church does not exist for itself, but rather to actively demonstrate God’s mercy to all. We are committed to being generous in every aspect of our lives, to “give away our best,” whether people or resources, in order to expand God’s Kingdom.
We value being culturally relevant in our mission:
We believe that the church exists for the sake of those who are distant from God. We are called to bring the gospel of the kingdom to Ithaca, and beyond, faithfully translating the message of Jesus in language and forms that are relevant to diverse tribes and cultures. We seek to develop an atmosphere where people can feel relaxed and at home. Therefore, we want every expression of ours – whether speech, music, architecture, or manner – to be non-hyped, natural, reality based and in touch with the current culture of our community.
- To Be Disciples
- To Make Disciples
- To Form kinship Groups
- To Plant Churches