"OUR VISION IS TO SEE GOD WORK THROUGH US AS A CHURCH COMMUNITY TO RESTORE THIS CITY AND RENEW THE NATION. OUR HEART IS TO SEE PEOPLE COME TO KNOW JESUS AND TO SEE LIVES TRANSFORMED IN CARDIFF AND BEYOND. TO DO THIS WE BELIEVE GOD IS CALLING US TO BECOME A MULTI-SITE CHURCH."
The Vision \\ Cardiff Vineyard Church
what is a multi-site church?
A multi-site church is one church that meets in multiple locations around the city. This is different to a church plant, where a new church is planted from an existing church and has its own leadership, vision and values. Instead, we will remain as one church with the same leadership and DNA across all our locations.
Why would we become a multi-site church?
The simple answer is that this is what we feel God is calling us to do and we want to respond in obedience. Since this church planted in 2008, we have been on a tremendous adventure with the Lord, going where He has led us. We’ve had the joy of seeing people encounter Jesus for the first time, of watching our community grow and flourish and of equipping people to pursue Kingdom dreams for their lives and for the city.
But we’re not done! We want to see more people come to know Jesus; to see more of our city impacted by His transforming power. We want to continue to exist as a church for those yet to come. And as we’ve asked God how best to do this, we’ve sensed Him saying: ‘Multiply yourself into sites around the city’. God has spoken and we are fully signed-up for this next chapter in our story. We take courage as we do this, knowing that when God goes before us, His presence goes with us.
Are you up for joining us on this next part of the adventure?
Reasons for going multi-site
As we’ve prayerfully begun planning for this next stage, we can see so many advantages of becoming a multi-site church. Here are our top four:
1) For those yet to come
People who don’t yet know Jesus are not as likely to travel to join us on a Sunday at The Gate if it is not local to them. Having sites across the city means we can reach into more communities across Cardiff and beyond. It means that building size is never an issue – we can continue to grow but always have room for those yet to come.
2) Greater Local Impact
On top of this, localised expressions of Cardiff Vineyard are better placed to meet the needs of the community in which they meet – outreach projects can have a local impact, whilst utilising our centralised resources.
3) Deeper Community
Sites allow us to grow whilst keeping that family-feel. Smaller services make it easier to welcome new people and help them feel part of our church. It also allows us to offer better pastoral care and deeper community.
4) Everyone Gets to Play
We think it creates more space for everyone to get involved and be the church Jesus has called us to be. More sites mean more opportunities for people to play their part and use their gifts. It releases more leadership, vision and creativity across our church community and city.
one church, multiple locations
Each site will carry the same ‘DNA’ and our values will continue to be expressed in all our sites:
WE ARE CAPTIVATED BY JESUS AND COMPELLED BY HIS LOVE TO BE A GRACE-FILLED COMMUNITY FULL OF SHAMELESS WORSHIPPERS WHO ARE OUTRAGEOUSLY GENEROUS, COURAGEOUSLY COMPASSIONATE AND CARRY THE KINGDOM WHEREVER WE GO.
The preaching programme will generally remain the same between sites, with James & Jen preaching across them, supported by the leaders of that site and other members of the team.
Our worship pastor will carry on overseeing worship at each site, ensuring that our worship continues to pursue the presence of God and intimacy with Jesus. Services will keep the same format too (i.e. worship, talk and ministry time).
And, don’t worry, there will still be doughnuts at every service!
Kids & youth
It is important to us that our kids and youth ministries continue to thrive and grow during this transition. Our vision has always been that our kids and young people will love coming to church as much as we do and will grow to love Jesus even more so!
Our kids and youth pastors will continue to organise our Sunday morning programme across the sites and our age groups will still be divided into crèche, mini kids, big kids and youth. Our midweek youth gathering (ICN) will remain centralised for all our young people to come to. Whichever site our kids or young people are a part of, we are committed to making sure they can encounter Jesus and grow in their faith.
Core ministries & functions
Much of what we do will remain centralised. The Cardiff Vineyard Centre (CVC) will remain a central venue for midweek events and training and our staff team will continue to work together in the office space upstairs. Core functions, such as operations and finance, will also be overseen here.
Our compassion ministry, Restore, which runs projects like Storehouse, Growbaby, Blend and others, will also remain centralised. As a site develops we expect it will set up further Restore projects that reflect the needs within that local community.
These will continue to run centrally and you will still be able to sign-up to whatever group you like. Some of our community groups will be linked to a particular site so it might make sense for you to be part of one of these but the choice is yours!
We will also continue to communicate as one church – we will still have one website and our social media accounts will stay centralised. Our newcomers’ resources will be the same at each site too. We will be sure to share stories of what other sites are up to through our social media and emails as well as during our Sunday services.
Throughout the year we will come back together as one church to celebrate all that God has been doing.
As one church with multiple locations, all money that you give will go into one pot, most of which will be used centrally. We will then allocate further resources across each site accordingly.
The practical bits
In September 2018 we will launch a site in Cardiff North. This means that from the Autumn onwards Cardiff Vineyard will have two sites: Cardiff Central (The Gate) and Cardiff North.
During our services in September, we will build up to the launch of Cardiff North, with services commissioning the leaders, praying for this next chapter and celebrating what is to come. On 23 September, Cardiff North will officially begin with its first Sunday service open to all.
who will lead these sites?
James & Jen Rankine (our Senior Pastors) will continue to lead the whole church, spending equal time between the sites. They will preach between the sites, oversee our Site Pastors, continue to lead the wider staff team and will set the vision and values of the whole church.
Ian & Sophie Douglas will be the Site Pastors at our Cardiff North site.
Alice & Matt Meads (our Associate Pastors) will be the Site Pastors for Cardiff Central (The Gate), where we will continue to run a morning and evening service. They will lead the morning service and support Paul Cruchley (our Worship Pastor) in leading the evening service.
what about future sites?
Once Cardiff North is up and running, and when we feel like both sites are thriving, we will look to launch another site in Cardiff. Primarily we will seek God’s voice about when and where this will be but our aim is to have identified the next possible site and leaders by July 2019. We will communicate as clearly as possible about future developments.
your part in becoming a multi-site church
Whilst we are excited for this next chapter and all that God wants to do through this community, we realise that change can stir a mixture of emotions. For some of us, there will be tremendous excitement whilst others may feel more unsettled. We recognise that there is a cost involved but we are also excited about the Kingdom impact God wants to have on this city and beyond and want to be obedient to what He is calling us to. Here is what the impact may be for you...
a) If you live near our Cardiff North site
We would strongly recommend you be a part of the site as it launches in September 2018 - we anticipate that many people will go. Get in touch with Ian & Sophie Douglas (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more about how you can get involved and be part of God’s plans for the north of our city. Having said this, the choice is up to you! You can choose which site to go to. People are also free to move between sites but we think in the long-term it makes sense to commit to one and be part of that community.
b) If you live elsewhere
We are deeply committed to seeing our Cardiff Central site (at The Gate) thriving and growing as well. We are expectant about all that God has in store for Cardiff Central and see this as a great chance to be envisioned for this new chapter. Our morning and evening services will continue to have their own distinctive look and feel, and we will continue to open our doors wide for anyone and everyone that would like to join us!
If you currently serve on a team at either our morning or evening service and are planning to remain at Cardiff Central, then do not worry, we will not be asking you to travel between the two sites! Cardiff North will establish their own Sunday teams for refreshments, hosting, set-up and so on.
How can I play my part?
One of the things we are most excited about as we become a multi-site church is the chance that it gives for people to get more involved, use more of their gifts and take more steps of faith. Why don’t you consider how you could get stuck in and contribute to this new chapter in our church?
We would also value your prayers as we begin this new season. Pray for unity amongst us as we approach this time of change. Pray that God would continue to do amazing things amongst us and that He would give us courage from heaven as we begin this adventure with Him.
Later this year, we will be asking the whole church family to give generously to this next chapter. We invite you to begin prayerfully considering how you might contribute.