In May 2016, as I watched Milton be released as the first National Director of the Association of Vineyard Churches Brazil and Elba Dolan released to work with Milton overseeing the Northern Amazon Region and its Vineyard churches, my heart was full of gratitude for what the Lord has allowed me to observe over these many years. The Vineyard Movement in Brazil is alive and thriving with over 100 churches spread from the remotest parts of the Amazon to the largest cities in southern Brazil. The Xingu Mission has done a wonderful job in planting churches and raising up leaders, and now the Brazilian Partnership has the privilege of coming alongside the indigenous Brazilian Leadership Team as they take responsibility to plant churches and raise up new leaders.
One of the things we’ve found is that if a church can’t fully participate by sending someone on one of their partnership’s short-term trips, they can easily feel disconnected from the larger vision of the partnership. A smaller church often says, “We just don’t have the resources to participate in a partnership.” And yet...
How does a local church get started in offering a “pockets of giving”? Bubba Justice shares his experience, “It typically begins with a very low-key offering time where we share both our vision and heart for what we're trying to do, without inserting any guilt or pressure. And the people have responded with generous giving. In fact, it always amazes me how…”
Money plays a large role in expanding ministry especially in the area of missions. Cutting Edge spoke with Inverness Vineyard (Alabama) Senior Pastor Bubba Justice about money and missions. Bubba is an anomaly among pastors: He entered into ministry after spending 10 years working in the financial field as both an accountant for a “Big Six” accounting firm and as a company CFO. He enjoys talking about missions and money from the pulpit and with other pastors. He is now functioning part time as the VUSA national coordinator.
We would ask that you join together in prayer for the Missional Leaders Meeting taking place from October 3rd through 7th - that this would be a new pivot point for the Vineyard…to give away, in a whole new way, all He is depositing in us as a movement to those across the streets and those across the seas. Pray for Phil Strout, Mark Fields, Michael Gatlin, and our other speakers, as well as the Vineyard Missions and Multiply Vineyard teams who give so much to make this gathering all that God intends for it.
A couple of weeks ago, we shared about the varied ways that Vineyard churches are responding to the Syrian refugee crisis. You can read that post here. We continue to hear of ways that local Vineyard churches are being the hands and feet of Jesus in this situation. We would like to highlight an opportunity to assist a ministry in Ankara, Turkey.
Is your Vineyard church involved in a missions partnership yet? If not, why not? Perhaps you’ve run into roadblocks or you don’t know where to start. Maybe you think your church is too small or you don’t have the money? You’re not alone. But let’s not just leave it there. Let’s push into those hesitations.
Tim Mengler, the Pastor of Crystal Lake Vineyard in Illinois and the Partnership Leader for the Mozambique Partnership, has asked to share his story and experience with missions partnerships. We are exploring how he’s faced these struggles and overcome them.
This is the final piece of a 7-part series.