Since moving to Cardiff in 2008, we have been humbled and amazed by all that Jesus has done in our community. We are full of excitement and anticipation for the next stage.
In October 2015, we shared with Cardiff Vineyard the vision that we believe God has given us to partner with Him in restoring the city. As we have prayed and reflected on this, we sense that God is leading us into a new chapter at Cardiff Vineyard, with a focus on developing the following areas:
We are now involved in the management of The Gate Community & Arts Centre. This has created the opportunity to explore how The Gate can be used throughout the week, not just as a place to host our Sunday services. Looking forward, we would love to see the building thriving as a welcoming and creative hub for the local community and attracting participation from across the city. We believe that God will open countless opportunities for us to grow a Kingdom community at The Gate as it becomes a platform to restore the city.
God continues to call us at Cardiff Vineyard to become courageously compassionate. We long to restore hope, restore dignity and, ultimately, restore lives across our city. Our hope is that as a community we are involved in compassion ministries that take us to those who are suffering, facing injustice or experiencing poverty. Our long-term vision is for a centre which would house our compassion ministries but in this next chapter we will seek to strengthen and grow our existing ministries as well as develop new initiatives as we respond to the needs of those God brings towards us.
We believe that Jesus is asking us to plant new sites of Cardiff Vineyard into local communities throughout Cardiff and South Wales and, in doing so, build for those yet to come. We believe this is the best way to powerfully impact our city and nation. To release new congregations that are fully-resourced and supported by our central team, we will need to strengthen our existing structures and create an operational hub that will support all of our sites.
As we have reflected on this next stage, we feel that God has called us time and time again to the following verse:
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine" - Ephesians 3:20