As a movement, we work to make a place for theological scholarship; those called to the “life of the mind” in service to God and others. It is our belief that faith is enhanced, enlarged, and empowered through detailed study in various academic fields, and we are committed to seeing our love for the Spirit and Christian beliefs wed seamlessly with our commitment to excellence in thought and practice.
Theology, biblical studies, ecclesiology, history, science, art and more are themes that matter to the Vineyard movement as we seek to engage the culture with the heart and teaching of Jesus.
The Vineyard is home to many who are involved in academic and scholarly worlds, across a wide range of disciplines.
Thinking theologically about God and God’s world is essential for the long-haul good of our movement, and is not something that we can “outsource.”
We theologically explore the particular perspective that God has given us as Vineyard people to advance our ongoing sense of identity, vocation, and mission.
We gather academics, pastors, church planters, worship leaders, and anyone else who desires to think theologically within a Vineyard community.
The SVS Discussion Forum is an online community that keeps theological conversations going year round.
We help establish relationships of care, mentoring, and formation for every seminarian who identifies as Vineyard.
We provide resources to Vineyard pastors and leaders as they grapple with theological questions in the course of their ministry.
We run occasional seminars at regional and national Vineyard conferences, as well as in local churches.
SVS leaders actively recommend books to one another, and to pastors, exploring theological questions that impact their daily work.
SVS events are a great place to build lasting, productive relationships with Vineyard-connected scholars.
If you are connected substantively to a Vineyard church in your area, you may qualify for SVS membership. See our website above for details.