What is VLI?

Vineyard Leadership Institute (VLI) was created to integrate hands-on training, ministry experience, spiritual formation, and academic understanding with an uncompromising commitment to excellence in biblical-theological, ministerial and spiritual-formation training.

In a 1995 International Vineyard Pastors conference, John Wimber said: "Leadership is not administration; leadership is getting the mind of God - knowing what God wants to do for a given time for a given people." It is the intent of VLI to put you into a relevant learning community where the desire for greater theological understanding and ongoing spiritual formation set the stage for a lifetime of true and proper worship.

Why VLI?

  1. Pastor Led - every VLI site is led by a local pastor who dedicates their time and their staff's time to mentor students in ministry.
  2. Global Faculty - Our instructors are experienced pastor-theologians from around the world who are committed to Kingdom focused ministry and experts in the firlds that they teach.
  3. High Tech - VLI provides streaming videos, mp3's, zip files for iTunes playback, and downloadable videos for every lecture. Students from around the world access the VLI library on their own schedule.
  4. Design for Working Adults - The VLI learning community is comprised of students looking to test their call to ministry while managing work and family responsibilities.
  5. From Genesis to Revelation - You will be asked to read and study all of Scripture, an assignment not found in many ministry training programs.
  6. Affordable - VLI is a fraction of the cost of Bible college or seminary. Use VLI to explore your call without the burden of overwhelming debt.
  7. Unique Ministry Expression - The Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in power, baptizing believers and releasing the gifts of the Spirit. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us for spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up of the Church, and gifting the church for ministry. VLI functions in this truth as we look for the Holy Spirit's presence poured out into the classroom and into our students.
  8. Spiritual Transformation - The VLI Spiritual Formation Director engages students via an online forum calling students to take purposeful steps in their walk with the Lord. More than 85% of the VLI gradates experience personal transformation during their time in VLI.
  9. Learning in Community - Learn theology with those you are already serving in ministry with.
  10. If You Feel Called, Why Wait? - Our online access combined with a local church classroom experience is the perfect way to receive training without having to relocate your life or change employment.
  11. Unending - As a VLI Alumni, you will be given the opportunity to continue your studies with the VLI learning community. This is our expression and method to support pastors and leaders associated with VLI for lifelong learning.