The Vineyard movement has its roots in the Jesus people revival of the late sixties and early seventies where tens of thousands of young people came to Christ during a powerful time of spiritual awakening. The first Vineyard began in 1974 with a small Bible study in Los Angeles led by Kenn and Joanie Gulliksen. This Bible study grew into a large church of people who were simply hungry to know God in a genuine way. The group grew and planted other churches in California. The Vineyard’s philosophy and values today reflect that powerful time in which many were so deeply impacted.
In 1982, after having been powerfully impacted by the Holy Spirit, John Wimber and several other pastors involved in the Calvary Chapel movement led their churches to join the group of Vineyard churches in Southern California. Wimber was asked to serve as leader of this movement. The Association of Vineyard Churches was formed and has, grown to over 1300 churches worldwide. For more information on the Vineyard movement check out their website at http://www.vineyardusa.org/site/ or watch this video: