Jim and Kristy Bricker started Vineyard Community Church with a small group of friends in 1993. God gave Jim a vision of a church where people—churched and unchurched—could come as they are and feel loved. This would be a place where people could worship passionately, learn the Bible in practical ways, and be a casual setting where anyone could come and be a part of what God is doing.
Vineyard Community Church met for the first time in a meeting room at the Saint Andrews Apartments in Greenwood on Mother's Day of 1993. That first celebration included 35 people. And we've been celebrating ever since.
Over the years the church has met in several locations but in 2006, the church moved to our current location, 512 S. Madison Avenue. Our church family has grown from 35 people to more than 1000, from the local gathered body to people who view online.
Helping people who are far from Jesus come close to Him.
We have a genuine heart for loving people and seeing them become faith filled followers of Jesus. We know that everyone is significant and has a purpose and Jesus is the only one who can give us the meaning and direction our life needs to make an impact.
Depending on and experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit.
In our lives, we've learned that being present can help in all sorts of situations. At Vineyard Community Church, we know and realize that God is always active and moving. He always is speaking to us and through us in order to bring people to Himself. We long to see God move and break through and bring us new life.
Teaching the Bible in practical ways that lead to kingdom-living.
We understand that life can be messy—most of us aren't MacGyver—and we've given up hope of fixing anything. We think that the best ways and methods we can use to handle what life throws at us can be found in scripture.
Cultivating healthy, growing relationships in and outside of our community.
Here at Vineyard Community Church, we know that small groups, what we call LifeGroups, are the bedrock of the church. If people don't grow in community, the church can become stale and people can become isolated. We don't want that for anyone. We want you to know you belong and that you matter to God—and to us!