The Vineyard is a church movement which began back in the 1980s through the leadership of John Wimber.
It currently comprises of more than 1500 Vineyard Churches worldwide with around 120 Churches in the UK & Ireland. Through the Vineyard movement churches are equipped to continue Jesus’ ministry of proclaiming the kingdom, demonstrating the kingdom and training disciples.
Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland was formed for the purpose of joining together churches who hold common values and practices. A major part of VCUK&I is to support, serve and strengthen the churches within the movement. It is often said, ‘our aim in VCUK&I is to do all we can to help you become all that you can in Christ...’. VCUKI is committed to the view that this can only be achieved through the building and sustaining of strong relationships among us based on love, openness and trust.
It is governed by a Council through a number of Task Forces and a Board of Trustees which gives oversight to the pastors of existing churches and facilitates widespread church planting.
Our National Directors are John & Eleanor Mumford, together they worked for nearly two years with John Wimber on the staff of Anaheim Vineyard in California before planting South West London Vineyard in 1987. They handed over the leadership of that Church in 2008 in order to concentrate upon the oversight and development of the Vineyard movement, both nationally and internationally.
There are 10 areas within the UK & Ireland at present overseen by Area leaders who provide oversight, vision, resources and support for the local Vineyard Churches.
Blackburn Vineyard Church is part of the North Area overseen by David and Alison Flowers of the Wharfedale Vineyard.