We’re not very far now from the Wimberisation of at least a wing of the Church of England and via Alpha, Catholic renewal, ARM etc possibly a lot more. We’ve gained much (while losing some – another post) but the key thing now is:
The grandchildren get to play together
Wimber met Watson, helped transform HTB and via David Pytches chose to influence the UK through the institutional church rather than creating a competitive brand (Vineyard Uk came later and wasn’t Wimber’s first idea). Even after Vineyard churches began here Wimber would always give prime attention to his CoE friends. What a legacy. What a legend.
Now New Wine and the HTB Focus churches are full of church shaping leaders right into the echelons of establishment hierarchy. To be sure many clergy fuse numerous other influences from tradition, scripture, reason and experience with the basic Worship, Word, Ministry vineyard model with its expectation of encounter and power, and it is vital that we don’t lose that heritage/ discover new patterns / think for ourselves. But I think it’s undeniable that a Wimberisation has occurred and set us free for the Spirit to ‘make thy chosen servants joyful’.
For various reasons, practical, scale etc Wimber’s UK establishment children (HTB/ New Wine) have taken different paths. New Wine has embraced many non denominational, vineyard and other church leaders (often with a similar gentle Anglican feel) whereas HTB has had its biggest influence through multi denominational Alpha and now a church planting spearheaded by ++Justin and +Ric Thorpe both Alpha/HTB/Wimber graduates.
But now the grandchildren are in charge and both movements are being asked by Bishops to embrace nation changing church planting. There are two ‘princes’. Archie Coates is heading HTB Focus. Paul Harcourt at New Wine.
We know from families that even when siblings have rivalry the next generation has a new chance.
The grandchildren get to play.
Need. To. Play.
Must work together to build on their heritage and legacy deposit. Must plant and strategise together. Must love and meet and support and grow in unity.
Cmon. Lord Jesus
Let your church be one.
Let your Kingdom come
Let this land be won.