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Vineyard Meets Emerging Missional Churches

Cronshaw, Darren J. and Downes, Peter (2014) Vineyard Meets Emerging Missional Churches. Australasian Pentecostal Studies . pp. 1-24. ISSN 1440-1991

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    The Vineyard movement came to Australia with conferences since 1987 and its first churches in 1995, including Cabramatta Vineyard. Vineyard has brought a renewal of understanding about intimacy with God in worship, the healing work of God, and the presence of the Kingdom of God. Following founder John Wimber’s inspiration, Vineyard traditionally invited people to experience God in Sunday worship gatherings as the people pray “Come Holy Spirit”. Yet the Emerging Missional Church has also influenced an increasing number of the thirty Australian Vineyard churches to shape church around mission and to adopt a missional “go to the people” approach and not be content with an attractional “come to us” approach. For example, Greg and Diane Trainor planted Cabramatta Vineyard Church, but have led the church to have less of a emphasis on Sunday gatherings. Instead they have focused on small groups and accountability “Crave” groups as the locus of community, while encouraging the development of spiritual life and missional engagement. “Cabra Vineyard” is thus a helpful case study about prioritising mission while discerning how to still foster intimacy with God through the worship of the gathered congregation.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): worship, Vineyard, missional church, congregational transformation
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Liturgy
    D - Missiology
    D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
    Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
    Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
    Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 09:40
    Last Modified: 08 May 2014 09:40
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1450

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