Who We Are
It's always difficult to define a group of people in words -- we believe that it is through relationship that you can really get to know us. Nevertheless this website gives us a good opportunity to describe a bit about who we are and why we exist.
TriCity Vineyard was established in 1995 as a church plant from Surrey Vineyard. We are a member of the Association of Vineyard Churches of Canada and part of the Vineyard Movement worldwide. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and we believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to restoring relationship with God and to eternal life with Him. We have outlined our purpose in our values, vision, and mission documents, which were produced by our strategy planning team that met for six months during 2001-2002.
We believe that a church is the people who are a part of that fellowship, and not the buiding or the institution that the word church has often come to mean. The building of community is at the core of everything we do, with an emphasis on relationships. We try to evaluate our various activities and ministries in this context and weigh them against our core values.
We have incorporated a decentralized leadership structure which reduces the emphasis on a single individual for church leadership. Our Core Leaders Team is responsible for the spiritual decisions and oversight within the body.
At present our church is a modest size of around 100 people, over 50% of which are children and young people. As such, a great amount of our emphasis is placed on children and youth. We want to see our children grow up with a strong understanding of Jesus as their Saviour, building a relationship with him. We emphasize family and encourage inclusion rather than segregation of family during our services.
We try to be real and authentic in all that we do. We strive to be culturally relevant. We want people to feel welcome and at ease when they visit us. We believe we have something to offer the community in which we exist -- a message of hope and love, and a group of people where you can be free to be yourself.
To learn more about the actual people in our congregation, have a look at our People and Groups page.