Types of Church

To help you understand the different sizes and types of Vineyard Churches, and what you might expect as you visit a Vineyard, we have developed the following terms:

Church
"A group of people deliberately following Jesus together in worship, community and mission who are committed to our Vineyard values and relationship.”
Typically a Vineyard "church" will be a congregation of 30+ attenders ata regular service, usually meeting in its own building or a school hall etc.

Plant
"A group of people, probably recently formed, in the early stages of establishing a new church. Their intent is to be a people deliberately following Jesus together in worship, community and mission and who are committed to our Vineyard values and to relationship with the Movement of Australian Vineyard Churches.”
Typically a "plant" will be under 30 people in attendance and may meet in a home or in a public meeting area such as a hall or school. They will be fairly new as a group and still establishing themselves as an entity.

Community
"A group of people exploring or expressing new ways of being God’s church. Their intent is to be a people deliberately following Jesus together in worship, community and mission and who are committed to our Vineyard values and to relationship with the Movement of Australian Vineyard Churches.”
Typically a "community" will be a group, or groups, of 10-20 people in size having informal meetings on a Sunday or weekday. Often they will be exploring new ways of doing church and of reaching their community.

Friend of the Vineyard
"A Christian church, plant or community who value relationship with the Vineyard but for reasons of their choosing or the choosing of VCA do not have full membership of VCA."
These take all shapes and sizes and it would be best to refer to their own website to get an idea of who they are and what you could expect if you visited them.

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