Ever since the founder of the Vineyard, John Wimber went to be with Jesus, there has been a question as to which way the Vineyard was going to go in relation to the gifts and operations of the Holy Spirit. This season of soul searching is normal for a group of people who lose a very gifted and charismatic leader. This year at the National Conference in Anaheim Ca., this question seemed to be resolved.
With video greetings from such notables as Jack Hayford and Reinhard Bonnke the Association of Vineyard Churches once again recognized that God had given them the genetic code of always being people with a passion and practice of walking in the fruit and power of the Spirit.
There were no great theological truths learned in these sessions but instead, from my perspective as a participant in the conference, it was an example of what the Apostle Paul talked about in 1 Corinthians 2:...
John MacArthur wrote: Of all of the elements of the Charismatic movement, that are contemporary to us today, this one is getting the most press. Of all the questions that are asked to me by people who write and call with regard to issues facing us in the Charismatic movement, this is the most commonly discussed one. The main figure in what is known as the "Third Wave" is a man by the name of John Wimber who is pastor of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Anaheim. He is the major figure in this movement that has come to be known as the "Third Wave of the Holy Spirit." It is sometimes called the "Signs and Wonders" movement. And this latest Charismatic tide seems to have swept across the globe in the last decade. It is literally everywhere in the English speaking parts of the world.
The term the "Third Wave" was coined by C. Peter Wagner who is a Missions professor at Fuller Seminary and the author of several books on church growth. He is really the leading proponent of the Third Wave philosophy and methodology.