The166 is a part of the Vineyard movement (https://vineyardusa.org/), and so our culture is greatly influenced by its values and distinctives.
BEING NATURALLY SUPERNATUAL
We believe in the supernatural and that all the gifts of the Spirit are accessible to this day. But we try to avoid any hype or emotional manipulation that can sometimes be associated with charismatic churches. Our hope is to cultivate a lifestyle of being naturally supernatural by “doin’ the stuff” that Jesus did in our everyday lives.
"EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY"
John Wimber (founder of the Vineyard) would often say this because his goal was to train ordinary people to do extraordinary things in partnership with the Holy Spirit. Our hope is to equip every believer to engage and participate in the work of the Kingdom. We do not have a cult of personality or an elite team of superstars because through the power of the Holy Spirit, everyone really gets to play.
FAITH IS SPELLED R-I-S-K
We believe that if you want to play and see the Kingdom of God break in, it will require you to take some level of risk, which means stepping out of your comfort zone and stepping into whatever God has put in front of you. When we encourage risk-taking, we are not just referring to our church gatherings, but risk-taking out in the world, in your workplace, in your careers, and in your relationships.
This concept represents the different kinds of tension that exists in our faith journey.
The Bible and Holy Spirit - Wimber once said, “Only Bible and we dry up. Only Spirit and we blow up, but Word & Spirit, we grow up.” As a Vineyard church, it’s not a question of focusing on either Scripture or the Holy Spirit because we are aiming for the radical middle that keeps the tension of both/and.
The Contemplative and Charismatic - Throughout the centuries, we see the myriad of ways God has graced his people with His Spirit, whether through power, physical manifestations or in stillness and silence. As such, we create space for the Holy Spirit to come to people in however way He wants through both contemplative practices (e.g. Lectio Divina, spiritual direction, silence) and also charismatic practices (e.g. prophesying and healing the sick).
“Already and Not Yet” - Sometimes we see the Kingdom of God breaking in when we see a healing or deliverance. But we realize that the fullness of the Kingdom is not here yet, and so there will be times when the healing won’t happen or the suffering won’t disappear. This doesn’t stop us from continually seeking God’s intervention, but this Kingdom theology of “the already and not yet” gives us language as we hold the tension of both miracles and suffering.