WHO WE ARE
ABOUT JESUS. ABOUT PEOPLE. ABOUT RENEWAL.
Vintage Grace Communities desires to build a community of people who experience new life in the Gospel.
VCG is a community of faith that seeks to promote and proclaim Jesus as Lord. Put another way, we want everything we do to orbit around one thing and that is Jesus. By centering on the gospel, we are constantly remembering what God has done for us and what God through us is doing in our world. We believe that the historic Christian gospel is not something that “I have and someone else needs”; rather, this gospel is something that everyone needs all the time.
Our desire is that Jesus will be honored and that the gospel of grace will change us, because nothing else can. Our deepest desire is to display and define the beauty of Jesus so that all people will enter into a vibrant life of worshiping Him.
VGC is a community of faith. This means VGC is not a place but a called out people. So often the church is defined and understood simply by the four walls (a location or attending an event). Yet, the Bible never describes the church in such ways. The word church in the Bible is always understood as a body, a family, a community and a called out people. Christians are not people who go to church Christians are the church. VGC is a community of diverse people centered on the worship of Jesus Christ. In Christ, the church becomes a unified, authentic community. The church is a community that functions from its identity.
Another way to illustrate this is to say that participating in the church is not doing but being. The church is a body that contextualizes the gospel in the daily routines of life, centers on the gospel of Jesus Christ, and is a place where people with or without faith are free to bring their doubts, freely wrestle with the claims of Jesus, confess their darkness, discover themselves, and celebrate Christ’s grace together in a safe community. The church is characterized by relationships that are not fragmented but rather connected.
VGC is engaged in the Missio Dei (Mission of God). The church is sent by God to restore all things to him through Jesus Christ. God sent his son Jesus to earth to take on human form and live within the culture. He worked, ate and interacted among the people, living in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus came so that all people, places, and things could be restored to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus. We live this out through involvement in a missional community. Our primary way of being the church of Jesus is as his community on mission.
We like to put it this way: We are a family on mission sent by God to serve our world, continually learning how to walk in his ways. So VGC is made up of Missional Communities that, as they grow, multiply into more and more gospel communities on mission. And as people live life together they begin to uniquely express the gospel in their area or neighborhood. Missional Communities (MC) are the primary way we experience what it means to be God’s family on God’s mission. VGC lives out her identity in Christ together through rhythms of life that show the world what God is like.