Staff Blog

WORSHIP…A lifestyle

We are getting ready to start in on a new teaching series this Sunday. We’ve been working for months together on a catchy title and subtitle to appeal to my creative sensibility. We landed on the title… “worship” Catchy huh? 🙂 That was a joke actually 🙂 I just learned yesterday afternoon that this was the… Read more »


Last Sunday afternoon a group of SOS students met with fellow believers from Oelwein to do Street Ministry. We split up into groups of three and four to go out and pray and give away food for those who needed it. I teamed up with 3 Jr. /Sr. High students, Emma, Maddie, and Jamie who… Read more »

Recent Events & the Ministry of Reconciliation

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Friends, These are troubling times in which… Read more »

A Very Fond Farewell

I’ve been at HVC almost two years now. One of the first things God showed me when arrived was a picture (or impression) of a tacking sailboat. If you have ever been sailing, you know that you have to zigzag. As you switch directions there’s a moment where you rely on your old momentum while… Read more »

The Power of Serving!

I’m not a big fan of performance-based Christianity. We don’t do in order to measure up. We do because we measure up! We are accepted by Him! God can’t love you any more than He already does and that will never change! You are His peculiar treasure, and His thoughts toward you are precious and… Read more »

The battle is won!

As most of you know, we, (your Pastors and Pastoral Care Team) pray for those of you that have requests every Monday morning. Our intern compiles all the requests that were submitted through connect cards after our time together, so we can see at a glance all that we prayed over. As I looked at… Read more »

A Letter from Phil Strout

Dear Vineyard Family, One of the great goals of my life is to stay alive and healthy in Christ for all my days. I’ve seen too many people lose their fire as they age, too many pastors and leaders settle for the status quo, giving in to mere maintenance of their churches or ministries. Many… Read more »

Living With a Foot Raised

Living out of calling has been the defining force in my life. Following God’s voice meant signing up to mow lawns and substitute teach because we turned down a “call” from a church and a position that would have been easy and comfortable. This is the sharpest example to date of Jesus asking me to… Read more »

Caring for People is Organic

Growing up on the farm, I had the chance to see much of God’s natural order for life. I saw the birth of piglets, calves, colts, kittens, chicks and puppies. Then I saw the way the older took care of the younger. This instinct to care was all programmed into them by God. The word… Read more »

Resting in God

The cross and the resurrection bring us something better, a better way to relate to God (Hebrews 8:6). The fact is people in the time of the Old Testament did not have it near as good as we do. They simply didn’t enjoy everything that we can enjoy today. Sure, many of them worked overtime… Read more »