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vineyard churches « Stour Valley Vineyard

vineyard churches

Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland was formed for the purpose of joining together churches who hold common values and practices, and, first and foremost, it is a conservative evangelical movement. It is governed by a Council through a number of Task Forces, including a Board of Trustees, which give oversight to the pastors of existing churches and facilitates widespread church planting.

The major part of its function is to be an organisation that gives, helps, serves and strengthens our churches. As you’ve often heard it said, ‘our aim in Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland is to do all we can to help you become all that you can in Christ…’ We’re thoroughly committed to the view that this can only be achieved through the building and sustaining of strong relationships among us based on love, openness and trust.

Our National Directors are John & Debby Wright. They have been serving together in pastoral ministry since 1989. John initially trained and worked for a number of years as a jeweller before studying at London Bible College. Debby lived in Chile until she was 13 and later moved to Nottingham to train as a dancer and artist, her father is the Anglican bishop, David Pytches, who founded the New Wine network.

They first got involved with the Vineyard movement in 1982 and in 1987 they spent 8 months as interns at Anaheim Vineyard (under John Wimber, the leader of the Vineyard Movement in the USA). Following their time at Anaheim they returned to England to help John and Eleanor Mumford start the first UK Vineyard; SW London Vineyard. They worked there for 9 years before moving back to Nottingham to set up Trent Vineyard.

In January 2015 it was announced that they would take over from John and Eleanor Mumford as the National Directors of Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland, whilst continuing to lead Trent Vineyard.  Their commissioning took place on Saturday 19th September 2015.

Vineyard has over 100 Churches across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with new churches being planted on a regular basis.

Some useful links

Vineyard Churches

Get to know our National Directors

Vineyard Kids UK

National Leaders Conference

Cause to Live for (student conference)

Dreaming the Impossible (11-18 years weekend camp)

Doing the stuff (John Wimber’s teachings and articles)