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About Central Vineyard


We are a new church in the Central Suburbs of Auckland City. Scroll down to read more about our vision, who we are and what we believe  

SCROLL DOWN

About Central Vineyard


We are a new church in the Central Suburbs of Auckland City. Scroll down to read more about our vision, who we are and what we believe  

We're a church pursuing Jesus and playing our part in what God is doing in the world, right now. 

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What's up with our logo?


We live in a world where everything communicates something and the same can be said of our logo. There is a lot of intention behind it and so we thought we’d share with you what the story is:

What's up with our logo?


We live in a world where everything communicates something and the same can be said of our logo. There is a lot of intention behind it and so we thought we’d share with you what the story is:

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WHY IT’S AN X

The pursuit of Jesus is, and always will be, the central focus in all that we are doing. Our church is called Central Vineyard, and an X is often used to mark a central point. The central point we are aiming for is to pursue Jesus the best that we can and make disciples who do the same with their lives.

WHY IT’S GOT FOUR ARMS

The pursuit of Jesus means doing what He did, which means playing our part in God’s activity today and now. We chose a four-armed cross to represent the four directions we want to remind ourselves of how we are to play our part. These are what we are all about as a church but also what we believe it is to be a fully alive disciple of Jesus.
 
It reminds us that to follow Jesus is about living in multiple directions at once: We love God and love others, we enjoy gathering together as a church and serving our city, we want to see you deeply thrive in your own spiritual life with God and to see you give your life away for the wellbeing of others.

WHY IT’S NOT BALANCED

As followers of Jesus, we don't need to be perfect. We come as we are into a relationship with him, no matter who we are and how 'unbalanced' our lives might seem. And if you’ve been following Jesus for a while, you’ll probably know that sometimes things can’t be put into a nice tidy package. Sometimes multiple things need to be held and wrestled with together. We call this tension, this holding-of-multiple-things, rather than clutching to just one thing. 

As a church we want to hold lots of things in tension, for example:
God is awesome and magnificent yet He also intimately dwells in us by His Spirit,
His Kingdom is here but also yet to come fully,
we are to gather in community yet we are to go and be missional in the world,
we love the Bible and all the heritage of the Church yet believe God’s Spirit freshly leads us and gifts us today for new things…

We could go on. It’s all a juggling act of holding these things in tension together as we pursue Jesus, and we want our logo to remind us of that.

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What We Believe


Every action is motivated by something, and in church families, our actions are determined by our foundational beliefs. What we believe should inform the kind of values we have and then the kind of activities we put our energy towards. Here’s our foundational beliefs:

What We Believe


Every action is motivated by something, and in church families, our actions are determined by our foundational beliefs. What we believe should inform the kind of values we have and then the kind of activities we put our energy towards. Here’s our foundational beliefs:

OUR NON-NEGOTIABLES

Central Vineyard is a part of the Vineyard Churches Aotearoa New Zealand family of churches, so foundationally we align ourselves completely with the Vineyard Statement of Faith which you can read here.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Jesus called us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and to “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). He also said to love one another has He loved us (John 13:34). Vineyard churches outwork these commands through three guiding principles, for which we use the analogy of the head (our theological centre), the heart (our relational centre) and the hands (our ministry centre).

Head: Theological centre – kingdom theology and practice
Vineyard churches are committed to the theology and practice of the kingdom of God — which we view as the over-arching and integrating theme of the Bible. We are committed to proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and to bearing witness to the “already and not yet” of the kingdom in word and deed through healing (physical, emotional and social), doing justice and seeing people released to enjoy a full relationship with God.

Heart: Relational centre – loving God and loving people
Vineyard churches welcome God’s presence, seeking in worship and prayer to hear His voice and to be obedient to His leading. As we become increasingly sensitive and responsive to the Spirit’s presence, we “see what the Father is doing” and pursue that with passion. We also love people – inside and outside the church – with relationships characterised by respect and honour. “Being disciples, making disciples” spreads into every aspect of what we do, both with people who are part of our churches and those who are coming towards faith in Jesus.

Hands: Ministry centre – effective mission
Vineyard churches want to bring the gospel of the kingdom wherever we sense God’s leading, most often by planting culturally-relevant churches in a wide variety of settings. We are called to compassion and healing, leaning towards the lost, the poor, the outcast and the stranger as though we serve Jesus Himself

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What We Are About


You only have to read the scriptures for a short while before you realise that it’s not just what we believe that is important, but also how we live that out. Here are the core values of Central Vineyard worked into four key directions we want to live out as we play our part in doing what God is doing.

What We Are About


You only have to read the scriptures for a short while before you realise that it’s not just what we believe that is important, but also how we live that out. Here are the core values of Central Vineyard worked into four key directions we want to live out as we play our part in doing what God is doing.

KINGDOM OF GOD

Even a quick look at the life and story of Jesus Christ will reveal what he was about. The Kingdom of God. He told all those who would listen ‘The Kingdom of God is near, repent and believe in the good news’ (Mark 1:15) or ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand’ (Matthew 3:2). When he sent his followers out into the world he would tell them to "proclaim as you go, saying ’The kingdom of heaven is at hand’’’ (Matthew 10:7). And when his followers asked him how they should pray, the second prayer was ‘your kingdom come’ (Luke 11:2). Then when Jesus left, he tagged his followers in, effectively telling them: It’s your turn now, go and do what I have shown you (Matthew 28:20).

And they did. They proclaimed that the kingdom of God was near, and lives changed. The sick were healed, the dead were raised, the outcasts were included, the hopeless were given a new hope, and best of all, those who were far from God drew near to him.

At Central Vineyard, our heart is that we would be a people who participate in this ongoing story of the Kingdom of God, that we would be a people who proclaim that the kingdom of God is near. That we would look to see what God, our father is doing, and we would partner with him in that. We pray ‘let your kingdom come,’ or, come, Holy Spirit, and he comes. What does this mean? This means we pray for the sick to be healed, we feed the hungry, we invite the uninvited, and we introduce people to Jesus. We are recipients, participants, and ministers of God’s grace and mercy.

EMBODY

The beginning passages of the Gospel of John reveal something mysterious about the life of Jesus Christ. It reveals that He is the embodiment of ’The Word.' 'And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14). He was an image of something much greater than a man. As Paul writes 'He is the image of the invisible God’ (Colossians 1:15). This image, however does not stop with Jesus. We are all encouraged by Paul to ‘Be imitators of me, as I imitate Christ’ (1 Corinthians 11:1) or as he celebrates others 'And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit’ (1 Thessalonians 1:16).

And this has carried on. Those who followed Jesus learned to imitate him. Then those who spent time with them learned to imitate them. Followers formed followers. Disciples made disciples.

This is our vision for those who are members of the Central Vineyard whanau. That we would be embodiers of 'the Word' to make all things new. We hope to be a people who would help each other to be all that they can be as embodiers of Christ. That we would be saints who equip saints to operate freely in the gifts God has given them, to realise who we are and become secure in our identity as children of God.

GATHER

Throughout the Bible, we read of many powerful things happening when believers in God gather together. When the Holy Spirit first fell on the followers of Christ, the Bible says ‘they were all together in one place’ (Acts 2:1). And later on it says that ‘Day by day they attended the temple together, and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people’ (Acts 2:46-47). Reading the letters Paul wrote to believers across ancient Rome also reveals what they were to do when they gathered together: ‘Encourage one another and build each other up’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11), ‘Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour’ (Romans 12:10), and many, many more.

And so, they gathered together. They shared meals with each other. They loved each other. They prayed together. They worshipped God together. They stirred one another up to love God and each other more. And when they did this, the Holy Spirit came in power, their lives and entire cities changed.

At Central Vineyard, it is our conviction that gathering together in love is a core action in the life of believers. We gather as a large group on Sunday mornings to worship and pray together, we gather in community groups to eat together and ’stir one another to love and good works’ (Hebrews 10:24), and we gather together in twos or threes over a coffee to encourage, exhort and rebuke each other.

MISSION

Jesus Christ came to this world not just to create a people who would get together and worship him, but also to send people out into the world as missionaries. His final words were spent urging his followers to ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.’ (Matthew 28:19-20) Or, recorded another way ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8).
 
This is the story that the book of Acts tells. It speaks of Jesus followers first gathering together in large quantities in Jerusalem. And then, as the world around them begins to turn on this growing group of followers, they are scattered. They spread out through all of Judea and Samaria. Churches are planted first in ancient Palestine, then in ancient Syria, and across to Turkey and Greece, and within two centuries, all of the Roman empire, from England all the way to India, the name and teachings of Jesus Christ were made known.
 
Eventually, on Christmas day of 1814, the first teaching of Christ was heard in New Zealand, and now Central Vineyard has been planted to continue this mission of God to the world. And it does not end with us. We are a church who will constantly be sending people out. Sending people to share the love of Jesus into their homes, neighbourhoods and workplaces. Sending people to share the love of Jesus to the rest of this and other nations. And sending people to plant churches locally, nationally, and internationally.

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How Do We Play Our Part?


So how do we practically do this whole thing of following Jesus together? How do we participate in what God is doing in the world? Well, here’s how we do...

How Do We Play Our Part?


So how do we practically do this whole thing of following Jesus together? How do we participate in what God is doing in the world? Well, here’s how we do...

FIND GOD

In John 5:19 Jesus declares that He would only do what He saw His Father doing. We need to put ourselves into places where we can stop and notice God, and so at Central Vineyard, it’s our hope that you would encounter God through our times of worship, teaching talks, participating in communion and prayer ministry with one another.

FIND YOURSELF

At Central Vineyard, we want you to find the fully alive version of who God made you to be. We want our ministry as a church to help you discover the gifts God gives you and be equipped to do what God has made you for. This is done through making things applicable to you and your life, and we are huge advocates for you finding a healthy rhythm in your own life of reading, meditating upon, and applying the Bible to your life, personal prayer, finding and operating in your strengths and passions.

FIND FRIENDS

Church isn’t just a building or a place to go to, it’s actually a family of people doing life together. Relationship is a vital priority for us as human beings, and so it’s also a high priority for us at Central Vineyard. You can find friends through meeting people at our Sunday morning gathering, our small groups or just meeting up with someone for a coffee during the week.

FIND A JOB

God is at work in this world, so we too want to be people at work as a result of our faith. At Central Vineyard, you can find a job through one of our many opportunities to serve both our church and our city. Your gifts are essential for us to operate as God intends us to. Whether you have a passion to serve children, lead worship, use creativity, be entrepenurial, be hospitable or serve the wider Auckland city, you are needed.

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Who is our team?


We are huge believers that church is a family and as a family everyone can contribute and do what they are made for. We desire for our church leadership team to reflect that, with people of all kinds of gifts doing what they are made for from teaching and pastoring, to systems and organisation, being creative and serving.

Who is our team?


We are huge believers that church is a family and as a family everyone can contribute and do what they are made for. We desire for our church leadership team to reflect that, with people of all kinds of gifts doing what they are made for from teaching and pastoring, to systems and organisation, being creative and serving.

OUR TEAM

Dan and Gabrielle Sheed
Leaders of Central Vineyard

Alisha and Rob Wiseman
Ministry leaders for pastoral care, Circles and worship

Emma and Josh Breetvelt
Ministry leaders for children and families

Strahan Coleman
Ministry leader for prayer and prophetic

Jaime Perera
Operations administrator

Leah Surynt
Communications

Alyssa Thorp
Events

Cameron Thorp
Ministry leader for outward initiatives

Steve Van Beekhuizen
Operations manager

 

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OUR VISION TEAM

Dan and Gabrielle Sheed, Strahan and Katie Coleman, Mark and Katrina Robinson and Rob and Alisha Wiseman

 

OUR BOARD TEAM

Gabrielle Sheed (chair), Josh Breetvelt, Dan Sheed, Steve van Beekhuizen and Alisha Wiseman

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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


“What time is your gathering on Sunday, and where is it?”
Our weekly gathering is at 10am in the hall at Epsom Girls Grammar. You can find out more about our Sunday gathering here


“What is a Sunday gathering like?”
We care a great deal about creating an environment that is warm and welcoming. We try our best to explain why we do what we do so that everyone feels included. Generally, people are seeking to know and love God, to live in community with one another, and are playing their part in what God is doing. Some are checking out Christianity for the first time, while others have been in church their whole lives. Central Vineyard is a place where you can come to be loved while you wrestle with the questions you have about Jesus. It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out yet, we don’t either!

Our gatherings start at 10am with a time of sung worship, followed by a message, and ending with a time of responding to God, where you can worship a little more, participate in communion, receive prayer, pray for others, or simply stand back and observe.

“What’s that communion thing all about?”
Communion is a 2000 year old tradition that Jesus started, and we quite like a lot of what it symbolises, plus everyone can participate in it because everyone needs to eat and drink to live. Here’s a few principles that inform the way we practice communion:

  • We remember Christ’s sacrifice for us, so it doesn’t matter what merit we bring to the table.
  • We recognize there is a mystery to the table, so we approach it with humility and reverence rather than know-it-all arrogance.
  • We also are declaring our fidelity to Jesus, whose supper it is, so we point our lives toward him no matter how close or far we are from him.
  • Because there is grace imparted, we believe that those who recognize their need of God’s grace the most are the most welcomed at the table.
  • Because grace is only accessed by faith, empty religion finds no place at this table.

“How can I get connected?”

There are many ways to get connected at Central Vineyard. Our Sunday gatherings are just a small part of what it means to be a part of our church family. Some ideas on how to get connected include

  • Our Circles.
  • Joining one of our teams to serve our Church family or the wider community.
  • Walking up to someone at a Sunday gathering and asking them if they would like to meet with you over a meal or coffee.

  

“What about my children?”
Central Vineyard Kids is a growing ministry and a vibrant place for your child. We have an awesome kids ministry co-ordinator and would love to have you and your kids join us for church. 

“How can I give?”
It’s actually quite easy, just click here

“I hear you are a Vineyard church, what’s that all about?”
We are a part of Vineyard Churches Aotearoa New Zealand and align ourselves with the Vineyard Statement of faith. The Vineyard movement has a short, nuanced history, and as such may be movement you are unfamiliar with. Visit these links to read about what we believe, and what we are about.

“I still have questions! What do I do?!”
You can either come to one of our ‘Welcome to Central Vineyard Evenings’ to learn more about our family or send us an email. We would love to answer any questions you still have.