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Why Vineyard Columbus Encourages Women to Preach, Pastor & Church Plant

Why Vineyard Columbus Encourages Women to Preach, Pastor & Church Plant

The conversation concerning the appropriate roles for women in the church today starts, unsurprisingly, at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1 - the fundamental creation text:   Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the ...

Vineyard Columbus: What Does the Survey Say?

Vineyard Columbus: What Does the Survey Say?

Every two years, Vineyard Columbus takes a survey of our congregation. Our most recent survey was taken in March 2014. What did we discover about our church? We are becoming more racially diverse. Eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour in the United States. Only 14 percent of all congregations in America are considered racially diverse, which is generally ...

The C.A.L.L. to Leadership

The C.A.L.L. to Leadership

Recently, I've been doing a series at Vineyard Columbus titled Strength in Weakness: Leadership Lessons from the Life of Paul.  Many Christians ask themselves the question: "Am I called to Christian leadership?"  Some feel called to pastor, some to missions, some to lead a small group, some to lead children or teens.  Some Christians feel called to lead regarding issues of ...

Why Plant Churches?

Why Plant Churches?

Vineyard Columbus is part of a larger association of churches known as Vineyard: A Community of Churches, which is comprised of approximately 550 churches in the United States. Two years ago, the leaders of the Vineyard movement put forth an audacious goal: to plant 750 new Vineyard churches in the next decade. This goal means that the Vineyard movement is seeking to more than double the number ...

What Does Love In A Multicultural Church Look Like?

What Does Love In A Multicultural Church Look Like?

Personal Note from Rich: This past month, Women's Ministry hosted a conference titled "Make Us One." The conference was about the biblical message of unity - across races, across classes, across genders, across economics and family situations, etc. Our Women's Pastor, Marlene Nathan (who is also my wife), wrote the following. I found her thoughts to be worth sharing with you, so I decided to use ...

Why Kids are Leaving the Faith (and What We Can Do About It)

Why Kids are Leaving the Faith (and What We Can Do About It)

There are few things more painful for a parent than watching a child walk away from faith. As a pastor, I've had dads and moms break down in tears in my office as they recount the story of their child's departure from Christian faith.   "I don't know what happened," shared one parent. "She loved church growing up. She was so involved. We used to pray together every night."   "He ...

Back to Basics: Being a Disciple; Making Disciples

Back to Basics: Being a Disciple; Making Disciples

Jesus has one fundamental way of evaluating the success of any individual or any local church: Are we fulfilling His command to be disciples and to make disciples?  Simply put, do we look like Jesus?  Do we, as individuals, and does our church produce people who look like Jesus? Do we forgive like Jesus forgave? Do we love like Jesus loved? Do we pray like Jesus prayed? Do we value ...

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What's So Great About A Racially Diverse Church?

From the earliest days of my Christian faith, I knew that God has only one family because I read passages like this one:  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not people, but now you are God's people; once you had not ...

Called To Be A Servant

Called To Be A Servant

Do you know anyone whose life goal it is to become a better servant? 21st century America has all but eliminated the concept of being a servant from contemporary understanding. The waiter at your favorite restaurant may be called a "server," and we still speak about civil servants and public service; but for the most part, this language is a holdover from a by-gone era.   Today, we are ...

Putting Children at the Center

Putting Children at the Center

The Jesuits famously boasted: “Give me a child for the first seven years, and I will give you a man!” They understood that the easiest way to shape a person for a lifetime is to impact them while they are still young. Scientists have observed that the brains of children are psychologically primed for religion. (This makes sense if the world was, as the Bible claims, made by God and ...

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