Greenhouse

Beginning in 2015, the pastors and shepherds sought the Lord to reveal to us the unique purpose of Life on the Vine.  Through months of prayer, conversations, reading Scripture, reflection, and interviewing members, the image God gave us was of a greenhouse.  As we pressed further into the metaphor, we identified four “seasons” or movements of a greenhouse:  Receive, Root, Grow, and Gift.

  • Receive.  We are received by God into this community.  Members receive visitors with grace and hospitality as if each person was Christ visiting us. 
  • Root.  We let our roots go deep in the soil of liturgy, prayer, and community. 
  • Grow.  We change and grow as we respond to God’s work in our lives.
  • Gift.  Each of us has been entrusted with a ministry, listening and responding to a God who is already at work in every person, every place. 

@9

We gather at 9:00 a.m. to learn and pray together.  Sometimes we have classes where the Bible is studied and taught.  Other types of classes that meet @9 are: 
   
The Pathways Series are a collection of 3-4 week-long classes, focusing on a prayer practice such as Examen, Lectio Divina, Immanuel Journaling, Discernment, and Set Hour Prayer or Book of Common Prayer.
 
The Apprentice Class is for students ages 9-12 and meets for six weeks in the fall and six weeks in the spring.  This class is a three-year cycle covering basic theology (what is God like?), the Sermon on the Mount (what did Jesus teach?), community life (how do I participate with the people of God?), spiritual formation practices, and a year learning the overarching Story of Scripture.

Our Beliefs & Affiliations

Life on the Vine belongs to the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination. Founded in 1887, some of the C&MA’s distinctives are leading people into a deeper life with God, the work of the Spirit to bring healing and holiness, and participating in the mission of God near and far.  See C&MA doctrinal statement.


Life on the Vine also belongs to the Ecclesia Network.  Ecclesia is a relational network of churches, leaders and movements that seek to equip, partner and multiply missional churches and movements.

Our Story

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