The Vine Project

The Vine Project

Shaping your ministry culture around disciple–making

Following on from the vision set out in The Trellis and The Vine, this publication provides the roadmap and resources to shape the whole culture of your church around disciple–making.

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In this much–anticipated book, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne answer the question they have been asked countless times by pastors and church leaders all around the world since the publication of The Trellis and the Vine. The question goes like this:

“Look, I’ve read your book, and it expresses what I have always thought about Christian ministry. But as I kept reading, I had this sinking feeling that what actually happens in our church is still a long way from the kind of disciple–making ministry vision you outline and that I believe in. So my question is this: What can we do about it? How can we shape the whole culture of our church around disciple–making?”

In The Vine Project, Marshall and Payne provide a roadmap and resources for this sort of church–wide culture change. The book guides your ministry leadership team through a five–phase process for growth and change, with biblical input, practical ideas, resources, case studies, exercises and projects along the way. You will be helped to:

Phase 1: Clarify and sharpen your convictions

Phase 2: Reform your own personal life to express these convictions

Phase 3: Honestly evaluate every aspect of your current church (or ministry) culture

Phase 4: Devise some key plans for change & put them into effect

Phase 5: Keep the momentum going and overcome obstacles

The Trellis and the Vine proposed a “ministry mind–shift that changes everything”. The Vine Project shows how that mind–shift can and must shape every aspect of what you are doing as a congregation of Christ’s people to make disciples of all nations.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • Setting the scene
  • The big question
  • Changing the culture
  • Phase 1: Sharpen your convictions
  • Introduction
  • Conviction 1: Why make disciples?
  • Conviction 2: What is a disciple?
  • Conviction 3: How are disciples made?
  • Conviction 4: Who makes disciples?
  • Conviction 5: Where to make disciples
  • Summary
  • Phase 2: Reform your personal culture
  • Phase 3: Loving, honest evaluation
  • Phase 4: Innovate and implement
  • Introduction
  • Focus Area 1: Make Sunday a flagship
  • Focus Area 2: Design pathways that move to the right
  • Focus Area 3: Plan for growth
  • Focus Area 4: Create a new language
  • Phase 5: Maintain momentum
  • Epilogue
  • Appendices
  • i. The Trellis and the Vine: What did you miss?
  • ii.
  • iii. Rethinking small groups


Author Tony Payne, Colin Marshall
ISBN 9781922206947
Format Paperback
First published May 2016
Dimensions 147mm x 232mm x 20mm
Language English
Pages 360
Publisher Matthias Media
Independent reviews

"it’s a guide for a project, a self-described roadmap for a journey toward a healthier disciple-making culture"

Kevin Halloran, 9Marks, July 1st 2016

The pattern of Scripture is often the slow, hard, and messy road. Reading and implementing The Vine Project will remind you that God meets us on that hard and messy road when we, as God’s people, prayerfully and patiently proclaim his good Word to others.... continue reading

"Uniting robust theological convictions with leadership skills and organizational wisdom"

Nathan Malpass, 9Marks, July 25th 2016

If you didn’t pick it up from the title of the book, you’ll realise by now that The Vine Project is not like other ministry books. It’s a long-term project to work through and implement with others. It’s designed to be read and digested and implemented—and then re-read and re-implemented over the years.... continue reading

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