What’s a Vineyard? My (John Reichart) new “elevator speech” goes like this:
“We’re one of the relatively new Christian denominations, started in California in the 1970s when young people simply didn’t fit culturally any more in their parents’ churches. So instead of robes and organs, it’s blue jeans and guitars.”
That’s a simple enough answer that can elicit more conversation about our value for relationship over religion, being naturally supernatural, and encouraging everyone to play (“ministry” is not just for clergy!).
Our national association’s web site is www.vineyardusa.org.
It has music resources, position (theological) papers, a directory of churches in the U.S., plus upcoming regional and national conferences