We are a neighborhood church endeavoring to live like Jesus by gathering a community of prayer that engages suffering.
For the greater glory of God
and the well-being of people.
We love the theology and practice of the kingdom of God.
The unifying theme of the entire Bible is the Kingdom of God. Humankind collectively chose to disobey the passions and just priorities of God the creator, but Jesus came to restore God’s good and peaceful rule on earth. The theology of the kingdom of God prompts followers of Jesus to live in complete loyalty to his passions and priorities by humbly sharing and participating in the good news of Jesus, his love, his victory over evil, and his desire to forgive us.
God empowers us to be his hands, feet, and mouthpiece to a world that is suffering as we bring the restoration of the Kingdom of God to earth through prayer, sharing God’s love, caring for the poor, and fighting injustice.
At Central Vineyard we live in obedience to the future kingdom of God that is now intermittently present ("the already and not yet") in our world.
We nurture the experience of God.
Naturally supernatural - We endeavor to fully embrace the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives today by empowering the people of God to do the works of Christ, yet in a low-hype, natural, clearly explained fashion.
All powerful God and finite people - Many aspects of that relationship, that connection go beyond normal human experience. We expect not only that God would move within the nature of how things are, but to periodically transcend normal human experience.
We specifically recognize physical healings or alleviations, deep emotional revelations of God’s love, and prophetic insights demonstrating God’s knowledge and care of people to name a few examples.
Sunday Mornings - Singing, reading scripture, and praying together as a community allows us to transcend the differences of opinion or background that could divide us. These practices enable us to become the unified “body of Christ” in the world.
We invite people to the contemplative and active life.
Our culture puts profound emphasis on what a Christian “does” often to the detriment of who a Christian “is.” The inner life is often neglected, despite the voluminous content within scripture that commends intimacy with Jesus.
Our journey with Jesus is fueled by a carefully cultivated inner life, not a religious checklist. A tremendous amount of resources, practices, and Christian traditions have emerged in the past 2,000 years toward developing this inner life. Our desire is to joyfully draw from this robust history.
The active life of a Jesus follower is the natural consequence of intimacy with Jesus. Throughout history the visible fruits of this inner life have included kindness to neighbors, forgiveness of
enemies, movements to abolish slavery, or generous sharing and living that transforms communities.
The more we experience the love of Jesus, the more we are formed into a people that loves what he loves. Jesus’ love for the orphans, widows, immigrants, poor, and afflicted is without measure. We desire that the fruit of our pursuit of Jesus would form us into a people who love the same.
Locally we are active particularly through Community Group-based mercy ministry and internationally through family based orphan care through Asia’s Hope in Prek Eng, Cambodia and Church Planting Partnerships in both Cambodia and Tanzania.
We choose to be relationally structured.
As much as possible, we choose to build a church that operates in the relational context of our day to day life. We first ask the question, “How can we minister through our community groups before adding a program to the Central Vineyard structure?”
In this we endeavor to do a few things with much love, allowing CV to rapidly respond to needs and opportunities as they present themselves.
We are a neighborhood church.
Prior to starting Central Vineyard Church, we discerned a call to specifically focus on the neighborhoods in the vicinity of our Sunday gathering. While grateful for all the health and vitality large churches with a citywide influence bring to Columbus, we feel that urban and metropolitan neighborhoods offer specific opportunities and needs that smaller neighborhood based churches are well oriented to address.
The diversity of strategies that the many churches in Columbus employ contributes to the greater tapestry of work that God is weaving in our midst.
Practically speaking, we are working towards a day when every street and block of our neighborhood is regularly invited and welcomed into worshipping Jesus and participating in his Kingdom.