Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
– The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20 NLT)
This must be a foundational feature of any Bible-believing church. At the Vineyard, we strive to carry out the Great Commission locally, regionally, and internationally as Jesus commanded in Acts 1:8. Our current international efforts include projects in Cote d’Ivoire and Haiti. Regionally, we are focusing on reaching out to Spanish-speaking communities through a ministry known as La Viña, as well as reaching out to homeless communities through a ministry called Go and Love. Locally, we are in the process of training our church members to be chaplains and disciple-makers in their own neighborhoods and workplaces.
A common feature of all of these ministries is a strategy called Disciple-Making Movements (DMM), which implements principles that Jesus used and taught to make disciples. Instead of just inviting people into the doors of a church, we exist to BE the church wherever we are at. This is the difference between a “come and see” church and a “go and be” church. We strive to blur the lines of what it means to be a missionary, because traditionally mission work has been understood to mean only work that is done internationally. Jesus commanded us to be missionaries wherever we go, and this is our vision as we work to see God’s kingdom come ON EARTH as it is in heaven.