Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland

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Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland (or VCUKI) is the national body for the Association of Vineyard Churches in the United Kingdom and Ireland. There are more than 100 churches under its direction.[1] The organisation is both a registered charity (number 1099748)[2] and a registered company (number 04839046).[3]

The Vineyard church was established in the UK by John and Eleanor Mumford. After visiting John Wimber in the USA, John and Eleanor returned to the UK to establish the first British Vineyard church, South West London Vineyard in 1987. VCUKI became its own national organisation in 1996, when it was released by the international body.

Leadership and Structure[edit]

The Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland is headed by its national directors, John and Eleanor Mumford.[4] There is then a Leadership Council, with members responsible for different specialisms within the church (church planting, church development, and financial and legal issues). In addition to the central leadership, the UK and Ireland are divided into 10 areas.[5] Each area is run by Area Leaders, who are responsible for that area of the country. Areas tend to hold their own training and events for the local people, leaders and churches.

John and Eleanor Mumford are the parents of Marcus Mumford of the English folk band, Mumford & Sons.[6]

Evaluation[edit]

One of the first academic studies of a Vineyard church in the United Kingdom was Cory E. Labanow's Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church: A Congregational Study of a Vineyard Church.[7] Within the congregation studied ("Jacobsfield Vineyard"), there was a common identity as an "emerging church". However, Labanow reports that the meaning of this common identity was contested within the congregation. Even more significantly, the decentralised, non-creedal nature of the Vineyard churches in the UK and the Republic of Ireland makes it such that one church cannot be seen to be representative of the whole of the Vineyard movement in the UK and Ireland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vineyard Churches, accessed 27 July 2011
  2. ^ Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland, Open Charities, accessed 27 July 2011
  3. ^ Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland, established 2003-07-21, Company Check, accessed 27 July 2011
  4. ^ The Mystery Worshipper, Ship of Fools, 2004, accessed July 2011
  5. ^ Vineyard Churches – Churches, accessed July 2011
  6. ^ Mumford & Sons: sound of the summer - The Observer, Alice Fisher, 30 May 2010
  7. ^ Cory E. Labanow, Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church: A Congregational Study of a Vineyard Church, Ashgate Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7546-6450-5