San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
VJN 2014: Kingdom Justice, Vineyard Values
Does your church already work to fight human trafficking, to end poverty, or engage with creation care? Or is your church engaged with immigration reform, foster/orphan care, school partnerships, housing rights, or food pantries? Or are you just beginning your compassion and justice journey? Please join us for our second, annual gathering of Vineyard pastors, leaders, and seasoned experts.
Why a Fall VJN Conference?
- How do churches pursuing the Justice of the Kingdom be culturally relevant to the poor and marginalized communities in their own backyard?
- What does reconciliation (with God and with each other) look like in your neighborhood/town/city?
- How do compassion and mercy lead us to justice?
- What does the mission of God (Jesus) have to do with justice?
- How do you transition your church, small group, ministry, or church-plant to be more missional?
- How can your children's ministry and youth group integrate compassionate justice work and develop a justice framework?
Why do we need a Vineyard Justice Network?
Vineyard Justice Network (VJN) does not exist to promote a singular ministry, nor are we trying to start a non-profit for Vineyard USA. Instead, we're focusing on bringing together our Vineyard church pastors and leaders who are already tackling one of the three targeted areas of structural, systemic injustice: human trafficking, poverty, and the environment.
VJN offers a new space to have conversations that either aren't happening, are happening in isolation, or are sporadic. Within our movement, we so rarely even celebrate or highlight the significant justice work that is going on in our Vineyard churches. We recognize that it is essential for existing Vineyard pastors and leaders to shape the conversation with an "inside-out", rather than a "top-down" approach.
In particular, part of the leading edge of VJN points to the question: what does it look like and mean for the poor to lead the way in ending poverty? This can be reframed to: what does it look like and mean for the exploited to lead the way in ending exploitation, the trafficked to lead the way in ending trafficking, the homeless to lead the way to ending homelessness, the undocumented immigrant to lead the way in immigration reform?
for a PDF version of the schedule, including speaker bios, click here.
Tuesday, October 14
“The Big Story” James Choung church planter Vineyard Underground, CA | director of evangelism InterVarsity USA
Do we present a Gospel that’s too small? When our Gospel is focused merely on the after-life, today’s unchurched find our message irrelevant, and possibly intolerant. We need to present a larger vision of the Gospel — one closer to what Jesus taught. Learn why the Big Story — including the essential phrases designed for good; damaged by evil; restored for better; and sent together to heal — connects with friends who live in an increasingly unchurched culture which yearns for justice and encourages believers to share a faith that truly feels like good news.
James has been involved in campus ministries for over 18 years, empowering rising generations of Kingdom world-changers. He currently serves as InterVarsity's national director of evangelism, and also leads a missional community called the Vineyard Underground. He has written True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In and its follow-up,Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out, and he has taught at Bethel Seminary San Diego on leadership development and evangelism. He frequently speaks at campuses, churches, and conferences, and his work has been featured in many publications including Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and Outreach Magazine. James wrote his D. Min. dissertation on postmodern leadership development at Fuller Theological Seminary, receiving his M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has previously served on the pastoral staff of a megachurch in Seoul. He has also led worship at national conferences, and has been on boards for higher education and overseas business startups. For fun, he likes to travel with his wife, tease his two sons, spoil his daughter, bask in Los Angeles’ endless summer, and swing a racket in hopes of playing something like tennis. He blogs irregularly at www.jameschoung.net.
"Seeing Through God's Eyes" Becky and Rick Olmstead directors Ignite Campaign | lead pastors Vineyard of the Rockies, CO
If we could really see people through God's eyes, everything would change. The impossible becomes possible and the improvable becomes a reality. The world would never be the same if the church could see with God's eyes.
Rick and Becky Olmstead were full-time teachers and part-time pastors of a small church in Southern California when they were challenged by God to lay it all down and start a church in Fort Collins, CO. After much discussion, prayer, and multiple confirmations of this call, Rick and Becky said "yes" to God and moved to Fort Collins in 1982. Thirty-two years later, the church has multiple campuses and 1,500 people gathering each Sunday. In 2012, Rick and Becky felt God inviting them to step into a new challenge of becoming Vineyard advocates on behalf of kids, youth, and young adults. They have said "yes" to embrace children and youth as full partners in God's mission and to join with like-minded churches, partnering together in raising up the next generation.
Rick and Becky both serve on the Vineyard USA executive team. They have two married sons and one little granddaughter. Rick likes to golf, root for the Colorado State Rams Football team, and watch the Voice. Becky loves dark chocolate, home roasting coffee beans, and Colorado mornings.
Wednesday, October 15
"The Compassionate Justice of Jesus" Alexia Salvatierra coordinator Welcoming Congregations Network of Southern California ELCA | co-author Faith-Rooted Organizing | adjunct faculty Fuller Seminary, New York Theological Seminary
We tend to separate mercy and justice but Jesus' compassion always leads to justice. How do we follow Jesus into the fullness of God's dream for our churches, communities and world?
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press). She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy. She currently serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision USA/World Vision International/Women of Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for over 20 years, including the co-founding of the national Evangelical Immigration Table (a very broad coalition of moderate and conservative evangelical leaders and institutions advocating for immigration reform).
She is adjunct faculty at the New York Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary and New Theological Seminary of the West, and has taught at Vanguard and Biola Universities as well as lecturing at a variety of academic institutions, including the University of Southern California and UCLA.
Thursday, October 16
“Partnering for Justice in the Neighborhood” Jamie and Michelle Wilson senior pastors Coast Vineyard, CA
Partnering for Justice in the Neighborhood: How local churches can meaningfully engage justice issues in their own communities, multiply the Kingdom, and build the reputation of Jesus by investing in community partnerships.
Michelle and Jamie Wilson pastor Coast Vineyard in San Diego. They have three children, Daniel, Joshua, and Rose of Sharon. Michelle holds a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary and Jamie holds a Master of Theology from Fuller Seminary. They have been doing ministry together for over 20 years, having started by building a residential recovery program helping homeless friends follow Jesus and get off the streets. They are passionate about coaching young leaders, pursuing social justice, and helping the Vineyard develop as a church planting movement in Southeast Asia. They have a vision to see Vineyard churches in Southern California work together to plant missional churches that reach the lost in our cities in the power of the Holy Spirit.
All participants will choose a coaching track, and you will be a part of the same intensive cohort for three days (3-1.5 hour sessions each day).
"Collaboration, Service, Friendship" Rose Swetman senior pastor Shoreline Vineyard, WA
What does it mean for the church to be a good neighbor? How do you take a seat at the table and partner with the community to be good news? We have found that measuring success by how much impact with have in our community being a sign, agent and witness to the community takes time and intentionality. Leslie Newbigin describes the church as the true hermeneutic of the gospel. "“I have come to feel that the primary reality of which we have to take account in seeking for a Christian impact on public life is the Christian congregation. How is it possible that the gospel should be credible, that people should come to believe that the power which has the last word in human affairs is represented by a man hanging on a cross? I am suggesting that the only answer, the only hermeneutic of the gospel, is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it.” –Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989), 227. We will spend our time discussing and dreaming of the implications that formational, communal and missional practices of a church have on a neighborhood/community/city.
Rose is the lead-pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Shoreline, WA with her husband, Rich. She is the Founder and Board Chair of Turning Point, a mission group that partners with local agencies to serve low-income families in the greater Seattle area. Rose holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, WA focused on Transformational Leadership for the Global City, and teaches Leadership as an adjunct professor at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Rose currently serves as the Regional Leader for the Northwest Region of Vineyard USA. Rich and Rose have a blended family of eight children, their spouses and at this count, twenty-two grandchildren!
“Rooting our Ministries in God’s Love” Lance Pittluck senior pastor Anaheim Vineyard, California | executive team Vineyard USA
In church planting as in church growth, leaders must always formulate and communicate the foundation of their ministries. What is yours? Many of us were involved in social and biblical justice ministries long before we even knew what that was. We called it extending God's love. Love for the lost, love for the outcast, love for the ignored, the marginal, and the forgotten. Sometimes people have a hard time grasping the concept of social or biblical justice but the reality of God's all encompassing, all powerful, all consuming love is familiar and understandable. We will discuss the practical, biblically based ways that we can extend the love of God as we plant and lead our churches, design and implement our ministries, and in our daily lives. Special emphasis will be placed on partnerships with outside organizations, incorporation of the biblical justice focus into our existing ministries, and training and including ministry recipients as ministry workers.
Lance grew up on Long Island in New York, the son of a Jewish business man. He was raised in a spiritual vacuum with no religious training. At 18, he and his family moved to the Los Angeles area. Separated from old friends and extended family, the Lord began to move on his life. One year after moving to California, Lance met Jesus Christ through a young man named Linus. His life was radically changed and within 6 months he knew he was headed for full-time ministry. He began preparation by studying Bible at Pepperdine University in Malibu and graduated with a BA in religion in 1975. Feeling a need for further study, he enrolled in Fuller Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1979. Upon graduation, Lance went immediately to Anaheim Hills Community Church with his friend Gary DeVaul, to pastor this rapidly growing church plant. 2 years later he assumed the responsibility of senior pastor of the church. But God had other plans. The Lord gave Lance a very clear vision and call to go back to New York and begin a new work. In preparation for returning to New York, Lance spent 1 year on staff with John Wimber at Vineyard Ministries International. In May of 1984 Lance left the VMI staff to begin a new Vineyard on Long Island. Lance pastored The Vineyard – South Shore in Rockville Centre, New York and was Regional Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches on the East Coast of the U.S.A. for 13 years. In 1997 the Lord led his family back to California where he was to become the senior pastor at The Vineyard Anaheim. His burning desire is to see the church as a ‘mobilized body’, doing the ministry of Jesus and for all men to come to a saving knowledge of Christ. Lance has been married to his best friend Cheryl since 1978 and has a daughter named Jane Elizabeth.
“Leveraging Multiethnic Organizations For Justice”Le Que Heidkamp senior pastor Mercy Vineyard, MN
Join this coaching cohort if you're thinking through how to leverage multiethnic organizations in addressing issues of both personal and systemic racial injustice. We will work together in peer coaching groups to help one another in identifying what God is doing around us and what next steps we can take in partnering with his Kingdom work.
I grew up as a Chinese-Vietnamese refugee immigrant in an area with few social support systems for kids like myself. When I was young, long before I became a Christian, I was highly sensitized to the great disparities that existed in the world, and when I began following Jesus at the age of nineteen, much of the reason was because Jesus life, death and resurrection brought a sense of hope that this broken system wasn't all that there was to life and freedom and justice is possible in the kingdom of God.
When Jeff, my husband, and I were called to plant a Vineyard in Minneapolis, MN, we felt called to build a diverse church in the urban city center though we knew nothing about how to do it. Through this endeavor, we have felt God call us to be people who raise awareness about the racial injustices that exist in our educational systems, social organizations, and workplaces; to be advocates for those that are marginalized and often voiceless; and to educate and support those in a position to make a difference.
"Building A Sustaining Justice and Compassion Ministry" Bubba Justice senior pastor Iverness Vineyard, AL
Many churches become excited about impacting their community through Justice and Compassion but few understand what it takes to build a sustainable ministry to the community. In this track Bubba Justice and Charity Havercroft will share insights in how to structure Compassion and Justice ministries that can be sustained for years based on their twenty year history of ministry to the poor and oppressed at the Inverness Vineyard Church in Birmingham, Al.
I experienced poverty as a child due to my parents’ divorce, my mother’s lack of education and no paid child support. Our family had to rely on government programs, individual generosity and Christian organizations for food, healthcare and clothing. At the same time my grandmother was the co-founder and primary leader of a mission to alcoholics and homeless. She ran the Jimmie Hale Mission from 1944 until 1990. It is still in existence with shelters for men and women and drug rehab facility. I was called into ministry as a senior in high school, attended a year of Bible College and then completed an accounting degree. While in Bible College I felt God wanted me to get a degree in business and work in a secular environment. I have worked as a public auditor, finance manager and Chief Officer of various companies. While working in the secular field I continued to serve in a Vineyard church as a volunteer pastor with children, youth, prayer, small groups, etc.
When we planted our church in 1994, the Lord gave us a prophetic word that we were to be a safe place for widows and orphans. For twenty years we have partnered with inner city ministries, teamed up with local government agencies who serve foster kids, supported school systems who had students with little or no food over the weekend. Both county and state officials have directed others churches to come to Inverness Vineyard Church to see how to effectively partner with them. At one point we increased the number of foster care families in our county by 40%.
In 2005, we spun off a separate non-profit organization Vineyard Family Service of Central Alabama in order to get grants available to faith based organizations but not to churches. VFS currently has a budget of $150,000. VFS currently feeds 500 children every weekend who have little or no food. They also are an alternative sentencing program for fathers who have not paid child support. In addition to all of the local activities we have engaged in, we have created programs for foster care and empowerment of the poor in Kenya.
"The Church and Holistic Ministry to Kids" Becky and Rick Olmstead- directors Ignite Campaign | lead pastors Vineyard of the Rockies, CO
When we look at the many and diverse needs of kids all around the world today, we realize that only the church can respond to the needs of the whole child. Many organizations do a good job meeting the physical needs and some even target the social development of kids, but the church can help kids grow like Jesus did -- "in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." (see Luke 2:52)
We will look at a holistic strategy for the church --rescue kids at risk, reach them with the good news about a life-changing relationship, root them in authentic faith, and release them into the ministry of Jesus- spending the majority of our time focusing on how we can rescue kids in the context of the local church, out in our cities, and around the world. Our time will be spent sharing stories, examining effective approaches and programs, and evaluating different strategies as we learn together from the successes and failures of others.
“Fostering a Sustainable Response to Human Trafficking” Sandra Morgan- director Vanguard University's Global Center for Women and Justice, CA
This coaching track is designed to prepare leaders to foster a sustainable response to combat human trafficking that promotes engagement with your local community and demonstrates an authentic picture of God's compassion and justice. Human trafficking is a hot topic in the news that grips our hearts. Leaders are now challenged with how to respond, and no longer if they should respond.
Day 1 will focus on building a sustainable framework for understanding and implementing a church based anti-trafficking strategy that assesses local expertise and resources to engage and serve your community. Day 2 will feature the president of Christians for Biblical Equality, Dr. Mimi Haddad. Her focus on a Theology for Abolition will position us to consider the role of the Church biblically, historically, and NOW. Day 3 will focus on understanding community partnerships. Dr. Morgan's experience from several sides (church leader, human trafficking task force administrator, university faculty, missions experience) provides a unique platform for understanding perspectives to build strong collaboratives with your community. Each session will include plenty of time for questions and discussion. Assessment and planning tools will offer strategies for integration and evaluation of existing ministries and opportunities unique to your community.
Sandra Morgan, RN, PhD, is a credentialed minister and Director of Vanguard University's Global Center for Women and Justice. She teaches Women's Studies including human trafficking. Her experience serving exploited children includes direct care as a pediatric nurse, a volunteer with Doctors of the World (Greece) and as the Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. Her bimonthly "Ending Human Trafficking" podcast was recognized by The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, Dept. of Health and Human Services as a great way to "get up to speed on human trafficking." Her work with faculty at University of Duhok in Kurdistani, Iraq continues to impact the community to support equality for women.
Casey Corum worship pastor Anaheim Vineyard
Casey and his family recently relocated to SoCal from Texas where he spent the previous 10 years serving as Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Vineyard Music (now Vineyard Worship). In addition to his role, Casey also served as the National Worship Task Force Leader for Vineyard USA. He is an accomplished musician and producer and has also been an influential voice as a worship leader, conference speaker, and songwriter. Some of Casey's best known songs include "Form Us"," Dwell", "Better Than" and "Your Love Is Amazing". Casey has a passion to encourage and equip worship leaders for life and ministry.
Cindy Rethmeier musical worship leader Holy Trinity Church, Costa Mesa
Cindy has been leading worship and writing songs for small groups, churches and conferences for over 30 years. She is now leading the worship community at Holy Trinity and helping to create the liturgy. She is writing and co-writing music for scriptures, prayers, antiphons and collects with the hope of the melodies making a way for those beautiful words to rise up during the course of everyday life.
Tuesday, October 14
"Intro to VJN and Defining the Interconnectivity of Justice" Steven Hamilton Baltimore Vineyard Mission | VJN and Kathy Maskell associate pastor Blue Route Vineyard, PA | VJN
VJN focuses on the interconnectivity of freeing slaves, ending poverty, and tending creation. Join us as we unpack the following questions:
How is fighting human trafficking connected to ending poverty?
How are root causes of poverty connected to caring for the environment?
How does environmental stewardship prevent human trafficking?
What does it look like and mean for the exploited to lead the way in ending exploitation?
The trafficked to lead the way in ending trafficking, the homeless to lead the way to ending homelessness, the undocumented immigrant to lead the way in immigration reform?
"How to Tell the Big Story" James Choung church planter Vineyard Underground, CA | director of evangelism InterVarsity USA
Get past the old clichés and simplistic formulas. Discover a new way of understanding and presenting the Christian faith that really matters in a broken world!
"Recovery Resources for Trafficked Persons "Recovery Resources for Trafficked and Homeless Survivors" Peter Wohler pastor Merge Vineyard | executive director The Annex, MN
Why are not the marginalized (victims of poverty, addicts, trafficking victims, homeless) flocking to local church communities? The numbers and circumstances of trafficking victims globally and domestically are over whelming. Recovery Resources: 1) Community of encouragement and support and 2) Practical opportunities (education, job training, affordable living) for graduates of in-patient (institutional) treatment are essentials for long term recovery. Billions of dollars on safe-houses and institutions will not produce significant life long recovery if the church is not prepared to offer recovery resources, including community/family. Source has developed one model of nurturing Recovery Resources through a holistic transitional home program that combines a case-worker facilitating a life skill program and a congregation providing community and housing. 16 women, including 5 single mothers, have been part of the Annex Transitional Home Program since 2012, and a new Anti-Trafficking Director was hired in the Fall of 2014 that will expand Transitional Homes through partnering with local churches and over seeing low-risk outreach to 100's of women annually. If not the local church family, then who?
"Foster Care, Adoption, and the Church" Tricia Herren executive director Homes with Hope, TX
Who are the orphans of today? Learn of God’s heart for the fatherless. Hear the story of Homes with Hope, a grass roots organization for foster care and adoption out of the Vineyard Church of Houston. Learn how a lay leader, with no prior experience, has drawn in pastors and families who have fostered and adopted children in crisis. Join in the discussion on how foster care and adoption could be one of the most effective means of preventing trafficking in your community.
"It’s A Flat World After All – Welcoming God’s New World Through Developing Community Among the Poor” Andy Wood pastor Winnipeg Centre Vineyard, Canada | founding member Flatlanders Inn
This interactive workshop tells the story of Flatlanders Inn – an intentional Christian community that is welcoming to those who find themselves marginalized in Winnipeg Centre Vineyard’s core area neighbourhood. It explores the practices and undergirding theology of this 8 year-old community and then creatively lays a foundation for recognizing power and privilege as necessary first steps in doing justice.
"Welcoming the Stranger: A Biblical View to Understanding Immigration" Bethany Anderson Solidarity Rising
This workshop will explore the topic of immigration from a biblical viewpoint and our call as followers of Christ to welcome the stranger. We will also look at the current political realities of our immigration system and how we can interact well as individuals and congregations.
Wednesday, October 15
"Faith-Rooted Organizing" Alexia Salvatierra coordinator Welcoming Congregations Network of Southern California ELCA | co-author Faith-Rooted Organizing | adjunct faculty Fuller Seminary, New York Theological Seminary
The Lord requires us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with Him. This workshop will teach concrete tools for doing justice in a way that is completely rooted in and shaped by our faith -- organizing and advocacy that takes seriously all of the implications of the truth that God is real and Jesus is risen.
The Collision of Church and Community" Jimmy John Morris senior pastor Yakima Vineyard, WA and Dave Hanson executive director Sunrise Outreach Center | assistant pastor Yakima Vineyard
What if the church who is serving the homeless and hungry within the community, experience them hanging around the church, often times with somewhat bad behavior? What if that starts to deter people from coming to the church because they no longer feel safe? Jimmy John and Dave will discuss their journey working through the difficulties they had solving this problem.
"Best Practices in Fighting Human Trafficking, Prioritizing Prevention, Part 1" Nicole Wood program specialist U.S. Department of Homeland Security & Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
"Abiding and Serving: How Focusing On Depth With God Changes the Way We Serve" Kevin Mo-Wong vp of church development Solidarity Rising, CA
Why do we serve? God asks all of his believers to be a part of his great commission, but the main value often gets twisted in the church. Do we serve to bring others to Jesus? Do we serve to end suffering in the world? God calls us to serve because He wants to be with us, but we often make it about the outcomes. Change the way you view "service" and explore the why behind God's desire for His church to be missional.
"Toward A Practical Theology of Work: Empowering Your Church Through Vocation - An SVS-sponsored Workshop" Joe Gorra founder Veritas Life Center, CA and Cheryl Pittluck VJN Steering Committee | board member Global Center for Women and Justice | member Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force
The Kingdom of God celebrates that all human beings are created to work. Work as contributing value to others enables us to enter into collaborative relationships to serve both the needs of others and to recognize the fruits of their labor. How does our view of work shape our service to others and our service with others? How might this interrelating be reshaped to no longer settle for dealing with people in a ‘patron-client’ kind of relationship? This workshop is an exploration of these issues and their implications for our ministries.
"How to End Poverty and Prevent Child Trafficking Through After School Programs" Jose Aleman KidWorks, CA
KidWorks serves over 800 children, youth, and parents through weekly programs and over 3,000 community members annually from three learning centers. We're developing leaders who want to make a difference in their community. They're getting better grades than they used to, they're staying in school at a higher rate than their peers, and they're getting healthy and fit through nutrition and fitness classes. We believe that these young leaders can eventually transform and restore their community.
Thursday, October 16
“The Wal-Mart Effect and Low Wage Work in America" Michael Raburn lead pastor Vineyard North, NC | adjunct faculty Meredith College, St. Augustine College
This workshop begins with a review of Charles Fishman's research and analysis of Wal-Mart's impact (both good and bad) on its on its customers, workers, and suppliers, and by extension the global economy and society at large as well as my own research on low-wage work in the retail and service sectors of the American economy. This information will be geared toward generating dialogue on developing strategies targeting both business operators (drawing on the positive aspects of the Wal-Mart effect and management successes in retail and service) and the low wage workers who need help navigating a difficult system.
"Best Practices in Fighting Human Trafficking, Prioritizing Prevention, Part 2" Nicole Wood program specialist U.S. Department of Homeland Security & Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
"Full Throttle Outreach" Dave Hanson executive director Sunrise Outreach Center | assistant pastor Yakima Vineyard
Sunrise Outreach Center utilizes a service model which includes the temporary provision of basic needs, Intervention that looks like restorative justice, and Prevention, focused on interrupting the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Dave will talk about SOC’s objectives: feeding families, housing our homeless, organizational networking and community mobilization.
"Got conflict? Being a reconciling community is easier said than done!" Rick Love president Peace Catalyst International
This workshop will help equip pastors and leaders to become more effective in embodying what it means to be reconciling community. It will focus on the art of resolving conflict with your staff, church and community. It'll also describe an integrated approach to peacemaking and evangelism.
"Making Room for Monasticism: Doing Justice from the Margins" Jared Boyd director The Order of Sustainable Faith, OH
There are many people in our churches doing justice with people on the margins. In this workshop, we will engage in a conversation about how the monastic tradition - and particularly the new monastic expression in the Vineyard Movement, The Order of Sustainable Faith - can help us as people and churches, at least a segment of us, to move into marginal spaces. There is so much to explore theologically (and practically) about what it would mean to serve the poor while taking a vow of poverty, for example, or to come under people in poverty and follow their lead. We will explore power dynamics, humility, engaging suffering from a place of weakness, rather than strength.
"Rethinking Prison Ministry, Towards Restorative Justice" Steve Lowe executive chaplain Pacific Youth Correctional Ministry and Protestant Chaplaincy Ministry of Orange County and Michelle Smith para-chaplain Pacific Youth Correctional Ministry and Protestant Chaplaincy Ministry of Orange County
Travel and Lodging
We strongly recommend you fly into John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA), as it is a short 20 minute drive or shuttle to Anaheim. Alternative airports include Los Angeles Airport (LAX) or Long Beach Airport (LGB).
We have reserved a block of 20 rooms with a special conference rate at the following hotels.
Anaheim Hills Inn & Suites
$89.99 for 1 King or 2 Queens (1-2 people) | $10.00/person extra for 3rd or 4th person
5710 E. La Palma Ave. Anaheim Hills, CA. 92807 (0.6 mile/13 minute walk to church)
(714) 779-0252 or 1-800-346-6662 Ask for the “Vineyard Justice Rate”
NOTE: You must book by OCTOBER 6 to receive the Anaheim Hills conference rate.
Fairfield Inn by Marriott
$89.00 (double queen)
201 N. Via Cortez, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
1.4 mile drive to church
(714) 921-1100 Ask for the “Vineyard Justice Rate”
NOTE: You must book by SEPTEMBER 22 to receive the Fairfield Inn conference rate.
When & Where
Vineyard Justice Network
THE VINEYARD JUSTICE NETWORK EXISTS TO EMPOWER VINEYARD PASTORS AND LEADERS TO PURSUE AND ENACT THE JUSTICE OF GOD’S KINGDOM.VJN WILL EQUIP YOU BY CONNECTING THE WORK OF HEART, HEAD, AND HANDS WITH KEY ISSUES OF STRUCTURAL INJUSTICE AND LEADERSHIP.
VJN IS DEDICATED TO SHOWCASING THE WORK OF VINEYARD CHURCHES AS THEY CONFRONT INJUSTICE, CREATE SOLUTIONS, AND SHARE THEIR STRUGGLES.
VJN PROFILES VOICES FROM THE FRONT LINES, WRITES BOOK REVIEWS, AND OFFERS TRAININGS TO KEEP THE VJN COMMUNITY ON TOP OF CURRENT RESEARCH AND PRACTICE.
We offer holistic wisdom to all our churches, along with many easily-accessed resources for getting started and growing with a missional, kingdom-centered approach. OUR NETWORK ALREADY SPANS VINEYARD CHURCHES ACROSS 32 STATES, IN EVERY REGION. WE’RE ALSO ENGAGED WITH SISTER NETWORKS IN VINEYARD CANADA, UK&IRELAND, AND VINEYARD NORDIC.
The VJN Steering Committee is currently led by Dave Hanson, Kathy Maskell, and Cheryl Pittluck.