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Together they lived in Yorba Linda, California, which was at that time was a small town surrounded by orange groves. Among its population of just 5, people there were three churches: Baptist, Catholic and Quaker.
After a short spell worshipping with their catholic friends at they headed towards the Quaker church in John loved the bible study there, but struggled with church services. These inexhaustible questions covered anything from baptism, to the Trinity eas the death and resurrection of Jesus.
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John had an insatiable wimbeg for answers and would persist in seeking them in order to understand what he was signing up for. InGod began speaking to John about his career, which at this stage was as a highly successful and well-respected musician. By he was leading 11 bible studies that involved more than people in the local comunity.
There was no sudden change once he i off the platform, whether he was praying for people, or joining in an informal conversation or eating supper. What you saw really was what you got. In John Wimber was asked to join the ministerial qas at the Quaker church in Yorba Linda, having been a part of the church for the last four years.
He was, in jhn, dissatisfied during this time although there was fruit in his ministry. This opened him up to the wider church, whose people he always loved meeting.
John was always an advocate of church unity and spent seasons of his life hanging out with different denominations and movements.
He would insist that where the name of Jesus was honoured be it among snake-handling churches or those worshipping with their candles and their incense, all who loved Jesus there were his brothers and sisters.
Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth. John took this position and subsequently resigned from his role at the Friends Quaker Church in Yorba Linda.
During this season, John travelled widely and experienced many different movements and denominations. The Holy Spirit increasingly came to the fore- front of his life during this time. After one meeting John, while sobbing, phoned his wife Carol and said:. If God ever has me pastor a church again, I pray we iy devote ourselves to the poor.
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This had a foundational effect on the Vineyard and its philosophy concerning ministry to the poor. Despite pivotal moments like this, John would often say how spiritually dull he felt during this time.
But God continued to speak to him on several waz, in preparation for the waz stage of his ministry. One famous story told how God spoke to John clearly by saying: As they focussed their attention on the Holy Spirit, and enjoying His presence, God began thd move and stories spread through the town of signs and wonders happening in this group.
The Quaker church sent one of their leaders to investigate and even shut down the group; however, he visited twice and returned to the elders saying: As these experiences were counter to the direction in which this Quaker church was moving at the time John and Carol, with the generous blessing of the Quakers were encouraged to resign their membership, and together with about sixty other people connected with Don McClure and became wimher Yorba Linda Calvary Chapel in May Until one day John was poring over the bible trying to find answers when he suddenly relaised: Like tell and show, or show and tell!
I think I get it! Sing about a fruitful vineyard: I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually.
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I guard it day and night. Alongside the early stages of Vineyard church planting there was a remarkable outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Transferring the ministry of the gifts of the Spirit into the hands of the church. But the Yorba Linda church is different. It seemed good to them all, as well as to the Thhe Spirit!
And thus this agreement saw the birth of the Anaheim Vineyard Christian Fellowship. They were really the first to introduce John and Carol to the church in the United Kingdom.
MC was a trigger for many Vineyard conferences and word of all that joohn through this course spread like wildfire to the church worldwide. At capturing such profound truths in such simple statements he was little less than a genius. His Influence and Legacy. Edited by David Pytches John Wimber: The Way it Was. Written by Carol Wimber.
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