About Vineyard Institute
"Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task." - 1 Timothy 3:1
Vineyard Institute was formed out of a passion to raise up and train emerging leaders in the Vineyard Movement who desire to take on the task of becoming an overseer with a noble and good heart.
Vineyard Institute seeks to equip and develop Christian leaders at every level of every church, within the multinational, multicultural and multigenerational Vineyard community. VI includes the best Vineyard theological resources available and an educational platform that is flexible to the needs and goals of learning communities in the local church.
The Theological Focus
We train, develop and equip church leaders in Bible teaching, leadership and practical ministry. While training leaders, our entire curriculum centers around the Kingdom of God as seen in Scripture and how this impacts our theology. The story of the Kingdom of God begins with Jesus, as we understand who Jesus was, how he lived and what he taught.
This framework provides the context from which we interpret and understand the entire bible. This Kingdom Theology shapes our view of world missions, church planting, evangelism, ministry to the poor and many other aspects of church leadership. Our understanding of the Kingdom of God also has implications for current social issues, as well as how we understand church history and systematic theology.
The Leadership Team
The leadership team of Vineyard Institute consists of pastors and leaders from the global Vineyard movement. As a private organization serving the entire Vineyard community, the leadership of VI is not confined to one country, church or association of Vineyard churches.
The VI Board consists of an internationally recognized, multicultural group of leaders who are passionate about theological training and education.
- John Mumford (UK & Ireland) - President
- Elba Dolan (Brazil)
- Costa Mitchell (South Africa)
- Damas Kamfwa (Zambia)
- Michael Gatlin (USA)
- John Kim (USA)
- Caleb Maskell (USA)
- Rich Nathan (USA)
- Phil Strout (USA)
Derek Morphew, Vineyard pastor and theologian, serves as the Academic Dean for VI. In this capacity he oversees a team of the best theologians in the Vineyard movement as they teach and equip students.