The Vineyard has always been committed to “equipping the saints.” Because we believe that “everyone gets to play,” we want to do all that we can to help followers of Jesus to grow in their relationship with Jesus and with others, not to mention becoming more effective at partnering with the Holy Spirit and joining God’s mission!
The following books are great places to start…
“… we are committed to equipping the Body of Christ and empowering every member for ministry.”
The Quest for the Radical Middle. The Quest provides an in-depth look at the history of one of the fastest growing church movements in the last twenty years. The Vineyard story is a fascinating case study of those that would attempt to hold in tension the great historical doctrines of the Christian faith with an ardent pursuit of the Spirit of God. Written by the late Bill Jackson, a Vineyard pastor, it is a thoroughly researched, even-handed account that reads like a novel. Order here.
Both-And: Living the Christ-Centered Life in an Either-Or World. Rich Nathan and Insoo Kim show how Christians can live out the fullness of the gospel through the both-and. They affirm that we believe in both proclamation and demonstration of the gospel, justice and mercy, and unity and diversity as one body with many parts. The answer is not to choose one or the other, but to hold both together for a richer, more holistic experience of Christianity. Then we will live into the realities of the kingdom of God, both now and not yet, on earth as it is in heaven. Order here.
Breakthrough: Discovering the Kingdom. The theology of the kingdom provides the best framework for understanding the life and ministry of Jesus, signs and wonders, healing, revivals, missions, and the Christian life. Written by one of the Vineyard’s leading theologians, Derek Morphew, this is a scholarly introduction to the theology of the kingdom. Order here.
God’s Relentless Pursuit: Discovering His Heart for Humanity. Written by the National Director of Vineyard USA, author Phil Strout takes an in-depth look at the mission of God and the role that His people play in that mission. You are taken on a journey where you learn how to recognize God at work and participate in what He is doing. Through exciting narratives and solid biblical examples, Phil reveals how passionate God is toward winning back the hearts and souls of men and women. Order here.
Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Non-Evangelism. Some of us fear moments when we need to defend our theology. Some of us seek them out. But we are seldom ready the way Jesus seemed to be ready. So how do we draw others to God in the midst of these ordinary conversations the way Jesus did? In Speaking of Jesus, Carl Medearis draws on his experience of international reconciliation between Muslims and Christians to remind us of the heart of the matter: Jesus. Here he gives us tools, stories, and the foundation we need to move beyond “us” and “them” and simply talk about the One who changes it all. Order here.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Although a vocal minority continues to attack the Christian faith, for most Americans, faith is a large part of their lives: 86 percent of Americans refer to themselves as religious, and 75 percent of all Americans consider themselves Christians. So how should they respond to these passionate, learned, and persuasive books that promote science and secularism over religion and faith? For years, Tim Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced “doubts” skeptics bring to his Manhattan church. And in The Reason for God, he single-handedly dismantles each of them. Written with atheists, agnostics, and skeptics in mind, Keller also provides an intelligent platform on which true believers can stand their ground when bombarded by the backlash. Order here.
The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict. Written by Ken Sande, The Peacemaker presents practical biblical guidance for conflict resolution that takes you beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family, coworkers, and fellow believers. Order here.
Power Marriage: Plugging into the Source that will Transform Your Marriage. Do you feel like you are on the battleground, fighting to defend your relationship? You are just the ones for whom Power Marriage was written! This book will propel your relationship to the wonderful place God intended when He brought you together. You need a divine surge of the supernatural flowing within to transform your relationship into a power marriage. Order here.
The Apostle Paul and Women in the Church. Dr. Williams, a Vineyard pastor and theologian, deals squarely with the issue of whether women can and should be encouraged to lead in the Church. The author works through numerous biblical texts and provides helpful historical background information toward understanding the Apostle Paul’s position on women in ministry, not to mention women in the ancient world. Order here.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature. Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. In this best-selling book Scazzero outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you. “The combination of emotional health and contemplative spirituality,” he says, “unleashes the Holy Spirit inside us so that we might experientially know the power of an authentic life in Christ.” Order here.