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August 27, 2009

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Kati Knight Tuttle

Hey Scott,
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I was actually baptized at the Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor, so that church group has a very special place in my heart. I'm glad that Life Church has found a community of churches it can call a home :)

Also wishing you well on your trip to Rwanda!

--Kati

Scott Himes

Kati,
That's great to hear! The Ann Arbor Vineyard is a great church. Are you guys going to a Vineyard church now?

Scott

Pamela Vincent

I was heavily involved in the Bloomington Vineyard Community church and found it to be a big disappointment. If you new in the Lord and need kind people around, this is the church. However, you will not get strong leadership there or a clear vision of spiritual growth. I saw things go on there that till this day, I can't get out of my spirit. A woman attending with here two kids every week high on drugs--and driving. People who needed mentoring and failed to get it after referring their names to the pastor, music director, etc. Failure to keep the members of the congregration safe from occasional disturbed people who enter the church. It is very welcoming, but you need to go in with your eyes open.

I attended VLI and found that although my gift is teaching (I'm a college professor, the men received all of their mentoring time required of the program, but the women didn't. I guess this community wants it women to stay married, barefoot and pregnant. If you're single, this definitely isn't the place you want to be!

Scott Himes

Hi Pamela,
I'm sorry to hear about your experience at the Bloomington Vineyard. I've only been around the Vineyard for about three years now but I've found them to be very open to women in leadership and encouraging women to have roles such as church planting and speaking in public forums. I heard a lady speak a few months ago at the Columbus Vineyard that is the lead pastor of a new church plant that her and her husband are doing.

Scott

Pamela Vincent

I think it really comes down to the leadership of a church itself. I didn't find this one particularly strong in this area. That is probably one reason the church has less attendees now and other area churches are becoming Vineyard Community Churches. Just my hunch.

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