Great weekend of ministry at Vineyard of Harvest in Walnut, CA. This is a dynamic Chinese Church that forms part of the Vineyard movement. Their cell church influence comes mainly from Lawrence Khong (Faith Community Baptist Church) and Larry Kreider’s house to house ministry.
As I ate dinner with the pastors, the lead pastor, Kenneth Kwan, admitted to me that they’ve neglected the cell emphasis and need to get back on track. VOH has an exquisite building in a wealthy area of southern CA, and they realize that God is calling them to send people from their building to penetrate the community through multiplying cells. As I ministered at VOH, I noted three top-notch qualities:
Worship: What powerful worship! Of course, the Vineyard is known for great worship, and this church certainly follows that tradition. Those in the congregation aren’t afraid to outwardly express their inward convictions. I was pleasantly surpised to see pastor Kwan grab a banner and march in front of the congregation, along with the others who were waving banners as part of worship. Dynamic! This church believes that ministry flows from the heart of God. Cell leaders and members are encouraged through dynamic worship. Cells, in fact, are the conduits of the Spirt’s grace and power.
Passion: Pastor Kwan speaks and preaches like a fiery southern Baptist preacher. Booming voice, passionate delivery. He stirs people to action. After his passionate introduction of me on Friday night, I felt stirred with enthusiasm. Kwan’s early passion and zeal comes from an encounter he had at John Wimber’s “signs and wonders” conference in 1988. Then in 1991, he planted VOH.
Missions: VOH holds a yearly mission conference to keep the fire burning for worldwide outreach. I spoke on the missional task of raising up an army of harvest workers and the worldwide cell church movement. VOH sends teams all over the world, has planted five churches, and believes missions must be at the core of all they do and say.
Two questions (feel free to answer one or both):
1. Which of these three characteristics (worship, passion, and missions) do you feel is the most necessary to make cell ministry work effectively?
2. Which of these these three characteristics is your church lacking the most?