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Frequently Asked Questions by Our Pastors

You probably have a lot of questions in getting your campus started or throughout the journey of creating a successful campus.  Below are some of the more frequently asked questions by pastors and the quick answers.  You are always welcome to contact us if you need to talk to us in person

Who is VI for?

Everyone in your church!  Anyone who is hungry to grow in their knowledge of God and His Word…those who want to be spiritually transformed.  They don’t need to be a leader (or potential leader) to engage.  In the Vineyard movement, “everybody gets to play”, and this is certainly true of VI.  Whether you’re a person just wanting to understand the Bible better, a lay leader wanting to become more effective in ministry, a pastor wanting to become a better preacher or multiply leaders in your church, or if you are feeling called to plant a church, the Vineyard Institute program is designed to train, equip and empower you.

How many students do I have to have to start a VI site at my church?

Only one!  But our hope is that churches will be able to build a learning community of students and leaders who meet regularly to pray, worship, and discuss what they are learning in the course material.

When can new students start the program?

VI is run on terms and students can start VI at any term during the year by applying at least three weeks prior to the start of the term.   Once accepted into the program, students can select which courses they want to take each term out of those offered.

Who can I talk to get ideas on how to run a VI cohort at my church- tailored to our needs and preferences?

Rob Kasper, our general manager, would be glad to talk with you over the phone more about your specific needs at your church.  Please set up a time to connect with him by emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How can I best be equipped to support my students as they go through the program?

Once you fill out our online hub/site agreement, you will be sent a user name and login for the online learning website (my.vineyardinstitute.org).  Then you and your designated site coordinator will have free access to the same course material that your students are accessing each term.  Understanding what they are learning each term will be a great way to get more involved and offer more support.