What is The Vine Project?

The Vine Project is much more than a book.

It’s a roadmap and a comprehensive set of resources for church­-wide culture change. Your ministry leadership team will be guided through a five­ phase process for growth and change, with biblical input, practical ideas, projects along the way. You will be helped to:

  • clarify and sharpen your convictions (Phase 1)
  • reform your own personal life to express these convictions (Phase 2)
  • honestly evaluate every aspect of your current church (or ministry) culture (Phase 3)
  • devise some key plans for change and put them into effect (Phase 4)
  • keep the momentum going and overcome obstacles (Phase 5).

The Vine Project could take 1­-2 years, but we want to emphasise that this is a continual process. The deep-rooted process of change should have effects for years to come. Like the gospel itself, it’s a continual process of new growth.

The Vine Project has been developed on biblical principles of discipleship, and a tried and tested framework that has merged from real world experience and groundwork of coaching churches in many different areas and contexts.

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Why is The Vine Project different?

The Vine Project is built on solid biblical principles of discipleship. It’s not a flash-in­-the-­pan approach. It’s not pragmatics or marketing dressed up in Christian jargon.


In 2009, Matthias Media published a book called The Trellis and the Vine. It was a book about what ministry is, and why so many churches have become stuck in a ministry rut.

The Trellis and the Vine struck a chord with many church pastors and leaders who saw that something drastic was needed to get churches going again: getting to the heart of the gospel, and the Great Commission.

Overwhelmingly, pastors and leaders said to us that they loved The Trellis and the Vine, but what’s next?

The Vine Project is what has emerged from that training and coaching experience. Visit the Vinegrowers website to learn more about the journey so far.

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The Vine Project takes you beneath technique and program to the heart of what matters in church life. And it does this in a way that is immensely practical. The book is so helpful, I think I can offer an ironclad guarantee that if you and a leadership team work through this book, things will change for the better. I guarantee there will also be pain! But it will be healthy pain.

Andrew Heard Lead Pastor, EV Church, Erina, Australia; Director, Geneva Push church planting network; President, Fellowship Independent Evangelical Churches April 11, 2016