Vineyard Worship Canada exists as an organic extension of the Vineyard church movement in Canada. We are, in a phrase, "from the church, for the church.” We are not a music company first and foremost; we are a non-profit worship ministry. Our efforts will be centered in the cultivation and empowerment of the core value of worship in the Vineyard - or more simply put, "to help the local church experience God" - rather than in a profit-driven music business model.
Vineyard Worship was established in response to the original worship songs that were being born out of the fledgling Vineyard movement. We needed a home for the things God was birthing in our midst. This is still the case today. The Vineyard still has a role to play in blessing the whole Church in worship by expressing our unique God-given voice - a unique expression of heart and values that has been called "Vineyard Worship".
We believe that the Vineyard continues to have a unique voice and quality in the broader Church's experience of worship. We believe that the songs, words and expression of our worship are different because they are informed by and infused with Vineyard core values: intimacy, accessibility and authenticity. Our music is not written from within a vacuum; it comes from the trenches of local Vineyard church ministry as we engage the Kingdom of God in our local communities. Our founder, John Wimber, said that our worship leaders should be ministers first and musicians second. We still believe this is a vital emphasis for us. We make it our aim to instill this servant's heart deep into our Vineyard worship community.
So often, “worship” is referred to primarily as the sung portion of our love and devotion to Jesus. While this is an aspect of worship, it doesn’t encompass all of what worship is. From a creative perspective, there are myriad ways of expressing worship. In Canada, we have a dynamic and prolific creative community in the Vineyard, and Vineyard Worship Canada thrives and finds vitality in being an expression of this community. Our primary role within the broader creative community is to equip and support those serving in sung worship and to harvest the songs of our Canadian Vineyard tribe.