A year later, at the Vineyard UK National Leadership Conference in 2011, Julie could no longer deny that God had church planting in mind for them. With God's call recognized by both, the next 12 months were spent seeking God for His direction on where in the UK to plant. God gave a number of pictures and prophecies that have led to Manchester and the village of Prestwich. Check out the video for a bit more of the story and, if you get the chance, ask Julie what she said to Ross the first time Ross mentioned the idea of Church Planting.
Julie: I was born in California, and I eventually met Ross in High School. Ross and I went on to study at the same university where I pursued a degree in Primary Education. Following graduation, we were married. I spent a number of years teaching in the same school I grew up in. When Ross was offered a position in England, we jumped at the opportunity for a European adventure. I currently enjoy being a wife, a mom to two wonderful girls, a pastor, cooking, shopping, reading, playing the guitar, singing and more shopping.
Ross: I was born on the East Coast of the US and moved to California to attend High School where I met Julie. Julie and I attended the same university where I obtained a degree in Business and Economics. We were married following graduation and thereafter took an opportunity to work in the UK. I currently enjoy being a husband, father to two daughters, a pastor and chasing Julie to play her guitar more and shop less.more
- Living- Changed Lives Growing in God's Freedom.
The closer we draw to God through Jesus, the more our lives are marked by freedom, and the more alive we become. Living is active, marked by seeing lives changed and growing as the Bible's words take root in our lives leading us to the life that God has designed for each of us.
- Life- Reflecting God's Work in Us.
When Jesus enters our lives we begin to change. We become something new and as we draw closer to God, we increasingly reflect His values and love for all the surrounds us. Our lives should demonstrate a vibrant worship of God that erupts in all that we do with each other and community and world around us.
- Out- God's Love Blessing Our Community.
As a community of people moving towards Jesus, we are not called to be good news to ourselves. Rather we are called to be good news, spiritually and physically to the community that we are in. We choose to be outward-focused in all that we do.
- Loud- God's Bright and Noisy Inclusive Environment.
Whilst personal times of prayer with God are important and may often be marked by quiet reflection, our times together as a community are not one of them. Rather, our times together are marked by celebration, making these shared times a welcoming place for all. We long for an environment that feels like a welcoming home…somewhere that you can kick off your shoes, dance, sing, skip and be a child in the Father's presence.more
The video in the link shares the heart and the shared beliefs which have seen 100s of Vineyard churches planted across the UK.
The Vineyard is a church movement which began back in the 1980s through the leadership of John Wimber. It currently comprises of more than 1,500 Vineyard churches worldwide, around 550 in the US, over 100 in the UK & Ireland, as well as 'Vineyard Music' helping thousands of churches experience intimacy with God.more
From the beginning, Vineyard pastors and leaders have sought to hold in tension the biblical doctrines of the Christian faith with an ardent pursuit of the present day work of the Spirit of God. Maintaining that balance is never easy in the midst of rapid growth and renewal.
His influence profoundly shaped the theology and practice of Vineyard churches
from their earliest days until his death in November 1997. When John was conscripted
by God he was, in the words of Christianity Today, a "beer-guzzling, drug-abusing
pop musician, who was converted at the age of 29 while chain-smoking his way through
a Quaker-led Bible study"
(Christianity Today, editorial, Feb. 9 1998).
…that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power and love. From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.
Church is a place where we share our stories from the week, not where we get our story for the week.
When we begin to worship to the degree we’ve been loved, we will see an invasion of God’s presence and Kingdom like never before.
Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth.
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.
It’s not just the saying but the doing that matters in the Kingdom.
Remember as you go about your day that you may be the only Jesus some of your friends, neighbours, and family will ever see.