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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This is a unique book - it somehow manages to be relentlessly biblical, deeply challenging, utterly realistic and profoundly encouraging at the same time. Col and Tony have not only thought more about the life of the local church more than anyone else I know, they have also listened to people (especially pastors) from all over the world, and so have produced a book which is thoroughly humble, sane, flexible and practical. The Vine Project models a way ahead which is both radical and manageable for the local church, and rather than making me feel guilty or depressed, reading it invigorated me and refreshed my passion for gospel ministry ‘on the ground’!

Gary Millar Principal, Queensland Theological College, Australia; Chair, The Council of The Gospel Coalition Australia April 26, 2016