You can tell a lot about a church by the things you hear them talk about and the people they quote. Here are some things you’ll be bound to hear at our church on Sundays along with some quotable quotes.

Unleashing the beauty of God written on the hearts of our children

“There are many reasons to love children and minister to them. We can do it because it is important for the ongoing existence of the church. We can do it because strong families are a cornerstone of a healthy congregation. We can do it for the sake of developing future leaders for kingdom ministry. All these are valid reasons. Jesus gives us another reason to care for kids. They can help us enter into the kingdom of God itself. Kids have something to offer us that no other kind of people do. If we pay attention to them, they can unlock truths about Jesus that no one else can. I am convinced that a key to the continued growth and health of the Vineyard lies in our children. Caring for them, loving them, learning from them, and following them to Jesus.” – Phil Strout (National Director – Vineyard USA)

Everybody gets to play

“One of the biggest and most valuable values of The Vineyard is this notion that ‘everybody gets to play’ – that ministry is for everybody… not just for elders or those who know the Scriptures well or teaching pastors. Ministry is for everybody: men, women, and children.” – Todd Hunter (former National Director – Vineyard USA) / Carol Wimber (wife of Vineyard founder)

We just want to show you God’s love in a practical way

“…this conspiracy is a godly one. Paul spoke of it in his letter to the Romans: “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:4 RSV). This is all about that conspiracy — a conspiracy of kindness… God is looking for people who are willing to participate in acts of love and kindness to those outside of their present circle.” – Steve Sjogren (founding pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio)

We can accomplish more when we do it together

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)

Naturally supernatural

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” – Jesus in John 14:12

The local church is the hope of the world

“I believe that only one power exists on this sorry planet that can [transform the human heart]. It’s the power of the love of Jesus Christ, the love that conquers sin and wipes out shame and heals wounds and reconciles enemies and patches broken dreams and ultimately changes the world, one life at a time. And what grips my heart everyday is the knowledge that the radical message of that transforming love has been given to the church. That means that in a very real way the future of the world rests in the hands of local congregations like yours and mine.” – Bill Hybels (pastor of Willow Creek Church in South Barrington, Illinois)

No perfect people allowed

“God loves you just the way you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way.” – Max Lucado (pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas)

Radical generosity

“God comes right out and tells us why He gives us more money than we need. It’s not so we can find more ways to spend it. It’s not so we can indulge ourselves and spoil our children. It’s not so we can insulate ourselves from needing God’s provision. It’s so we can give – generously. When God provides more money, we often think, This is a blessing. Well, yes, but it would be just as scriptural to think, This is a test.” – Randy Alcorn (director of Eternal Perspective Ministries)

We are a church that believes in the power of prayer

“You don’t know how many people have been strengthened because you asked God to encourage them; how many people have been healed because you prayed for their bodies; how many spiritual runaways have come home because you prayed for their souls. None of us may ever know the true effects of our prayers this side of death… [But] the Bible’s teaching on prayer leads overwhelmingly to one conclusion: Prayer changes things.” – John Ortberg (pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian in Menlo Park, California)