Vineyard is a contemporary church movement with a purpose to proclaim Jesus’ message of the kingdom of God.
Vineyard is a metaphor for the church in the Bible. First Vineyard church was born amidst a hippie revival in California (USA) in 1975. Ken and Joan Gulliksen noticed that new believers were not able to adapt for traditional churches. That is why they founded Vineyard churches, that appreciated the authentic human relationships, the Holy Spirit’s supernatural gifts, contemporary music and free style of attire.
Vineyard became a global movement by the leadership of John Wimber (he passed in 1997). John led conferences around the world where many people experienced the power of God in a new, refreshing way. John had a relaxed and simple style which was especially appealing to Christians in the old denominations.
The impact John Wimber caused has been referred to as the “third wave of the Holy Spirit” in the 20th century. Renewed Anglican believers in UK formed the New Wine movement that supported fundamental values which are borrowed from Vineyard. Anglican priest Nicky Gumbel was encouraged by Wimber to start Alpha Courses to reach non-Christians, and these courses have spread around the world in different denominations.
Today Vineyard movement has about 2,500 churches around the world in 94 regions. Vineyard churches have a common creed, values and priorities, though we prize being culturally adapted.
Vineyard churches are merciful for imperfect humans. We welcome all people even if they do not believing in God.
Vineyard could be described by the words “naturally supernatural”. We appreciate authentic human relationships, using our reason, enjoying the natural things of life, and being culturally relevant. At the same time, we believe in supernatural God who touches people with His love and forgiveness. He fills with the power of the Holy Spirit, heal and deliver.
The core of the Vineyard theology is the gospel (good news) of Jesus: “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news “(Mark 1:15).
Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom of God has arrived into this world. He gave foretaste of the Kingdom by forgiving sins, healing the sick, releasing the people from the forces of evil and feeding the hungry. On the other hand, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God will arrive in fullness when He returns.
It is important for the Vineyard movement to stick to the above-described “already-not yet completely” tension, so that we do not devalue the problems of life nor the transforming power of God. We want to declare the Kingdom of God as Jesus did by offering salvation, hope, healing and freedom of the people.
Vineyard in Finland
Cai and Katja Talvio founded Helsinki Vineyard church in 1997. Ari Puonti is the senior pastor today. Our church is led by the board, which operates with our leadership / workers team.
Michael and Virpi Hopkins founded Vineyard Uusimaa in 2015 and it is the second Vineyard in Finland. In addition, Juha and Terhi Ranta-ojala have started the process in 2015 to plant a Vineyard church in Tampere.
Suomen Vineyard –kirkko (Vineyard churches in Finland) was registered as a denomination in 2014. It is led by the Board. Suomen Vineyard – kirkko is a part of Vineyard Nordic, which has more than 20 congregations in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Vineyard churches in Finland have four cornerstones that define church life: statement of faith, values, priorities and DNA.