VINEYARD WEEKLY UPDATE: May 27
This page will keep you informed about a number of things happening at Vineyard Cincinnati Church:
The developing plan to return to the building
- News related to our Senior Pastor search
- Other topics that impact the entire congregation
Without further ado, here are this week’s updates:
1. BACK TO THE BUILDING
We are thrilled at the wide array of ministry that is now occurring through staff and volunteers—we’re doing a drive-thru food pantry, Saturday morning drive-in prayer, online options for services, groups, and classes!
We will continue doing online church, but one of our values is being together! A team is researching local and national best practices for large churches returning to in-person worship.
We are taking into account recommendations from Ohio’s leadership, local faith leaders, and other churches across the nation who have begun this process. For example, our Interim Senior Pastor Beth Guckenberger is meeting with area church leaders to learn together how to return to in-person worship.
In addition to this input, we’re praying for specific guidance regarding the best timing and plans for how this congregation will return to meeting at our church building.
2. SENIOR PASTOR SEARCH TEAM
The makeup of this group is being finalized over the next two weeks. It will include a diverse team of people, including Trustees and members of our church body.
The search team will be guided by a prayerfully-developed list of qualities for the next Senior Pastor. We anticipate this search process will begin in mid-June and will likely continue for several months.
3. MISSION & VISION
We say all the time that Small Things Done with Great Love will Change the World. But this is just one part of our Mission, Vision, and Values statements.
We’re collecting feedback from our staff about our current statements and will widen this to the congregation in the near future. This will provide info about any revisions that we might want to make and help us move forward as a church.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Continue praying, reading God’s word, and being salt and light to your friends and neighbors! Invite a friend to watch church online with you.
We’re praying for you.
We love you.
We miss you and thank God for you,
The News Update Team
Vineyard Cincinnati Church
With input from: Jim Cochran, Brian Beatty, Kristi Jacobsen, Jennifer Shock & Jacob Gordon
Text UPDATE to 513-612-9910 to receive regular updates via text.
May 22 update video, some thoughts on returning to the building
May 6th update video from Beth Guckenberger
Update from the Board of Trustees, May 6
Hello Vineyard Cincinnati,
The Board of Trustees would like to update you on some of our recent activities.
We are worshipping and praying with the staff every Wednesday via Zoom. We are thankful for Beth's invitation to join this weekly staff gathering. We believe God will use this set-aside time to build relationships and to align our hearts with His.
We're also meeting with the Senior Leadership Team regularly. Alongside them, we are reviewing church history and renewing our vision for the future of Vineyard Cincinnati Church. We are full of hope and expectation for what God wants to do here.
We are preparing to launch the Senior Pastor Search Team. Our current focus includes gathering feedback about potential search team members, working on a team charter, and roughing out preliminary timelines. We will be soliciting the input of a sampling of shareholders, staff leaders, and Vineyard friends around the city. We will be making additional announcements about this team soon.
In closing, we just want to express our thanks to the staff that is finding such creative ways to reach our church family during this stay-at-home season. Their daily devotionals, online services, and life groups are even reaching those who had no prior connection to the Vineyard. We are so thankful!
The Vineyard Board of Trustees
About Beth Guckenberger, Interim Senior Pastor
"It is my joy to serve as the Interim Senior Pastor at Vineyard Cincinnati Church. I spoke the first time at the Vineyard in 2008, and ever since have had respect and affection for this community. It’s an unusual season, and I look forward to offering my service and leadership, as God leads this body forward."
Beth is serving as the interim senior pastor of Vineyard Cincinnati Church. She and her husband Todd are the Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries, an international orphan-care ministry headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. Beth and Todd lived with their family in Monterrey, Mexico from 1997 to 2013, and between biological, foster, and adopted, they’ve raised ten children. Beth is the author of nine books and a regular speaker.
Here are some recent sermons given by Beth.
From Jim Cochran, Interim Executive Pastor
I am happy to serve in this interim executive pastor role for the church I love.
I came into relationship with Christ through the work of the Vineyard before anything started here locally. My wife Dana and I were blessed to host the first small group of the church in our condo in 1983. I served in a volunteer role as the church's first sound tech and in various informal leadership roles in the 80's.
I joined the staff full time in May of 1990 and have loved serving the church in various roles of leadership in finances, support services and a prior eight-year stint as executive pastor.
More recently I helped pioneer a ministry here at the Vineyard called OneLife that helps disciple business owners and leaders in integrating their Christianity into their marketplace roles. I look forward to listening for God's fresh leading and being part of the next chapter here.
Jim Cochran, Interim Executive Pastor
Q & A for Today and Beyond
1. What is the short-term plan?
Vineyard Cincinnati Church has a very capable, strong leadership team and support staff who are fantastic! We rely heavily on them to continue the good work of ministry in the many and various areas of support they normally perform.
The Vineyard Cincinnati board invited Beth Guckenberger to serve as the interim Senior Pastor. Many of you are very familiar with Beth, as a longstanding Vineyard Cincinnati friend and partner. Beth has been invited to share the message of the Gospel with the Vineyard many times over the years. She and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries with a staff of over 300.
Working alongside Beth will be Jim Cochran, who has been appointed as the interim Executive Pastor, and Vineyard Cincinnati’s current Senior Directors. Beth will be the primary weekend teacher.
2. What is the long-term plan?
The Board plans include composing a search team to be led by a small number of Vineyard Cincinnati shareholders and board members. That team, in partnership with the trustees, will prayerfully and practically pursue the very best future for the Vineyard. Realistically, these searches can take many months. Beth would normally be traveling the world fulfilling her responsibilities for Back2Back. Given the global pandemic situation, she is very available to fulfill this role during this season. She is preparing to serve as Vineyard Cincinnati’s interim Senior Pastor throughout our transition and plans to return to her full-time role at Back2Back at an appropriate time.
3. What can I do to help?
During this time, the most important thing you can do for us is to keep the entire leadership team of the church in your prayers, along with Pastor Rob and the King family. The Board is hopeful that God will bring growth and healing to our staff and bless Vineyard Cincinnati for working through a biblically-based process to resolve issues and restore relationships.