Developments at The Vine
Many thanks to all of you who were able to come to the church meeting which we held on 17th June. Unfortunately, a few people were unable to attend and so we thought it would be helpful to set out a note briefly summarising the changes ahead.
You will remember that we looked back briefly over the past year to review some of our activities and the changes and challenges in the church; and we shared the news, among other things, of the future transition in leadership of the Vine. Over the shared lunch many of us had the chance to talk about these developments and over the last few days, there have been opportunities for the different groups in and around the church to hear about and discuss the news with us.
Veronica and Dave, who were the founding pastors of the church, have led The Vine Community Church for nearly 15 years and believe it is God’s timing to move on and hand overall leadership responsibility to Darren and Jenny and this will take place in November 2018.
Darren and Jenny have shown, both in their faithfulness, character and leadership skills, how suitable they are to take on this new level of leadership responsibility. As the leadership team of The Vine the four of us have worked together throughout in such good harmony, purpose and vision – and for Veronica and Dave it has been a great pleasure and gift from God to have Darren and Jenny alongside us in increasing measure of responsibility over these years. We are sure that the whole church will share confidence in them as they respond to this call from God.
Dave and Veronica will be moving on to other ministry opportunities beginning with a mission to Ghana, West Africa, in November.
The second associated development we described was the decision to become a partner church of Revive–a Hull based church and church network led by Jarrod Cooper. Many of you will have heard Jarrod and other senior members of his team at The One Event over the years.
Over the past year, we have had increasing links with Revive and most of you will remember that The Vine has benefited from many inspiring visits from anointed people- including Luke and Nicola Vardy, Andrew Murray, Chris Fleetcroft, and Jonathan Whitehouse. Late in 2017 Dave and Veronica met with Jarrod Cooper and this resulted in a series of meetings between members of Revive’s senior team and ourselves and our own involvement in some of their meetings and gatherings for local church leaders.
It has quickly become apparent that -like The Vine- Revive has a raw, authentic and passionate approach to our shared Christian mission. They very much share our vision and understanding of what it is to live your life following Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, in the exciting way the Bible describes.
The Revive network encompasses city, town and village churches and we have found that they have shown the same investment, insight and concern and for smaller churches, as they have for the larger town and city-based churches they run.
The plan to partner with Revive was approved by the church’s trustees earlier in June and represents a ‘heart and spirit’ connection. It will provide a framework of support to the church together with opportunities for mentoring and teaching and access to their conferences and other special events. They will be able to make speakers and teachers available to The Vine for some Sundays and special weekend events here as well.
The partnership with Revive does not affect our independence as a church and we will continue to be a part of the Ground Level Network as we have been for most of the life of The Vine. However, and most importantly, we believe they will play a significant role in helping us in our journey of increasingly becoming a ‘Presence-filled’ church which is anointed and gifted in the Holy Spirit.
We love the Vine Church - the people in it, the mission it carries from God, and the Presence of God that visitors always remark on when they come through the door, and we are sure that this transition is God-ordained and will bring much fruit in so many ways.
Veronica, Dave, Darren and Jenny.
The Vine Leadership Team
29 June 2018