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. Find out more.
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 has extensive experience developing people, leading teams, and shaping culture. In Vinegrowers, Craig brings together his background as a player and coach in professional sport, a devotion to disciple-making and strong gifts in coaching, teaching and leadership.
He possesses a deep affinity for those who serve in pastoral ministry. In recent years, Craig has worked alongside dozens of pastors to help them build the type of disciple-making culture advocated in The Vine Project. He regularly delivers training seminars to church leaders, congregations and students, equipping them with practical tools and skills needed to grow as disciple-makers.
Ash Hooker Communications and Resources Manager
Ash is a communications professional with over 15 years of experience in print, digital and video media. She has worked for both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. In recent years, she has produced videos and print publications for Covenant Christian School. Prior to that, she worked as the Communications Officer for Church Missionary Society-Australia and edited a feature documentary.
Ash has a Master of Arts (Communications and Media). Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Diploma in Biblical Studies from Moore Theological College.
She is married to David and they have two young children. They serve at St Faith’s Anglican Church, Narrabeen where Ash helps lead a playgroup.
Ash is our Communications and Resources Manager with a focus on developing our library of resources and managing thevineproject.com site.
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.
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