and make disciples of all nations …
Shaping the ministry culture of churches around disciple-making
What does this look like?
Growing churches where making disciples in obedience to the Great Commission of Jesus is the normal agenda and priority. Growing disciples who reach out to those around them to make new disciples, and who encourage one another to maturity in Christ.
We support churches engaged in disciple-making culture change through:
- Support through our online community
- Coaching & training of pastors and leaders
- Our books and resources
In 2009, Matthias Media published a book called The Trellis and the Vine. It was a book about what ministry is, and why so many churches have become stuck in a ministry rut. It was intensely popular and garnered international praise.
“This is the best book I’ve read on the nature of church ministry.”Mark DeverMore of our story
We connect a community of like-minded people passionately committed to disciple-making culture change.
We offer coaching to support pastors and ministry leaders who are engaged in disciple-making in their organisation.
Books & Resources
We write books and supply various resources to challenge and equip people involved in disciple-making.
Colin (or Col) is married to Jacquie and they enjoy God’s blessing of three adult children and four grandchildren.
Together with Jacquie, he has spent the past 40 years training men and women in the ministry of the gospel, both in university and local church contexts. He is a graduate of Moore Theological College and the author of The Trellis and the Vine (with Tony Payne), Growth Groups, and Passing the Baton. He was the Director of the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) for 15 years to 2006 and took up the role of International Director until 2009. Alongside his work for MTS, he was Chaplain to the NSW Cricket Team for 8 years.
Col founded the Vinegrowers ministry in 2010 to help pastors and church leaders implement the principles of The Trellis and the Vine and build churches where disciple-making affects everything. He works alongside the ministry team at St George North Anglican Church in Sydney, training men to be effective leaders of disciple-making ministries.
Craig GlassockCoaching Director
Craig is married to Samantha and they need lots of energy for their two young boys. They serve together in St Faith’s Anglican Church in Sydney, leading disciple-making ministries, giving leadership in Sunday services, and in one-to-one bible reading.
As a Cricketer Craig represented Australia at Youth level, and captained the Australian Institute of Sport team. He subsequently spent many years as a professional Cricketer with the NSW Blues.
Craig has extensive experience coaching and developing people and teams. In Vinegrowers, he brings together a passion for disciple-making with his gifts in coaching, presenting, teaching, and leadership. He is implementing a support program for church leaders taking part in The Vine Project. Craig is also undertaking study at Moore Theological College in Sydney.
Steve LindemannLeadership Development
Steve is married to Dina and they have three adult daughters and a recently acquired son in law. He is the son of a Pastor and has been involved in local church ministries both in the US and Australia for over 30 years. He spent some years on the mission field with his parents in Brazil. At present he leads in small group and one-to-one ministries in St George North Anglican Church in Sydney.
Steve’s professional life has been in the HR world with extensive experience in leadership assessment and development. He has two degrees in Psychology and further qualifications in Executive HR Management and Executive Coaching. He has worked across the world with various companies including Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, Hewitt Associates and Korn Ferry.
Steve brings to Vinegrowers a passion for growing mature disciples of Christ, a first hand knowledge of how local churches function, and expertise in leadership development and organisational change. Steve is brilliant at applying his professional experience to church life through the lens of his profound conviction that Christ rules the church through the Scriptures.
Meagan BartlettCommunications Assistant
Over the last fifteen years, Meagan has undertaken extensive vocational training. Having obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, she subsequently completed post-graduate qualifications in both Psychology, and in Counselling Skills. In 2015, Meagan obtained a Bachelor of Divinity from Sydney’s Moore Theological College.
Meagan has the heart of a disciple-maker. Her experience working on local church staff teams provided extensive opportunities to train women in reading the Bible one to one; mentoring / developing leaders; leading small teams; and speaking at women’s events.
In Vinegrowers, Meagan will use her strong communication and training skills to help implement and administer our church/pastor support system for The Vine Project.
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