Vineyard Church of Chico will join Life Church Chico on August 13, 2017 .
The newly combined church will take advantage of both of their strengths and will work together as one to make a bigger impact on the city of Chico. Both churches are excited about the future ministry of this newly combined church and are certain that they’ll be better together. Pastor Jeff Young said, “our two churches have been working and spending their resources trying to accomplish the same goal, now, by joining together, it will be like going from a two-wheel drive to a four-wheel drive.
Pastor Jeff Young of Life Church will be the lead pastor and Chris Reyes, Pastor of Vineyard will be the Associate Pastor. The united church will continue to be family-oriented and will offer children, youth, and adult ministries, as well as continued outreach to the community.
Vineyard had been using the Life Church facility since April 2016 to hold services on Sunday evenings. Since that time, the two churches have held joint services several times: Christmas, New Years Day, and Easter, to name a few. They have worked together on the Candy Carnival community outreach on Halloween night and the two churches also joined together to build a house in Mexico on a mission trip over spring break this year. Theologically and culturally, the churches have similarities that make for an ideal combined congregation.
This union has been a seven-month process that started when Chris Reyes, pastor of Vineyard for 23 years, believed the Lord was calling him to release the lead role of the church and enter into a support role where he would also be able to focus on his Polaris Leadership Network. He approached Jeff Young, pastor of Life Church, to discuss his thoughts about how these two churches might combine and fulfill their missions. Pastor Chris asserted that, “ It became clear to me that we needed to embrace radical change, in order to display unity, sacrifice and unconditional love”
Sunday, August 13th will begin a brand new chapter for both churches becoming one unified church. Together, they will share in “Launch Week,” where they will have different activities for the whole church to come together, build relationships and acclimate to this awesome change. From gigantic picnic parties, softball games, an exciting Life Kids night, youth night, and a worship night this newly formed church will be ready to role right into the new season!
Services will be on Sundays at 10am located at 1492 East Ave. across from PV High School. Youth group will meet on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and experience the excitement with us!