In John 14:12 Jesus says, “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” The Equip Course is designed to envision, equip and empower people to do the things that Jesus did — that is, “the works” that bring the presence and power of the kingdom into our world and into people’s lives today. As such, the Equip Course involves not only teaching, but training — “hands on” training designed to release people into participating in the ongoing ministry of Jesus.
Vineyard Institute, a global education provider, was created to equip the people of God to pursue the call to go out into the world as workers of the harvest, whether that calling is a pastor, ministry leader, church planter, missionary or a disciple in the workplace and community.

At VI, you will be trained through high quality theological education, integrated with spiritual transformation so that you are prepared for Kingdom work at any level in the church and in the world. This is done with other students in a cohort group from within our church here in Gilbert.

If you are interested in developing your leadership through theological, Biblical and practical application, then Vineyard Institute is for you!

Schools of Sustainable Faith

For almost a decade now, Sustainable Faith ( has been working toward a culture of sustainability in the vocational work of pastors and leaders. Originally based in a Convent in Norwood, Ohio (Cincinnati area) and under the leadership of Dave & Jody Nixon, Sustainable Faith hosts retreats, nurtures conversations, educates leaders, trains spiritual directors, and helps faith communities pursue an active life from a deep place.
The Schools of Sustainable Faith guide people to embrace the contemplative life. They help people honor sabbath and observe life-giving rhythms. They draw us toward healthy, embodied spiritual practices. They nurture self-awareness and vocational clarity. They launch kingdom enterprises.
Sustainable Faith currently (2015) has first and second year training groups in 24 American cities (including Phoenix) and the Netherlands. Our goals are to place qualified spiritual directors in local churches, grow the practice of group spiritual direction in churches, and make this a widely available form of pastoral care.


The School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) serves one part of the larger mission of Sustainable Faith: to cultivate excellent pastoral care and deeper spiritual formation within the local church. We look forward to the day when spiritual direction is regarded as a normal and vital ministry of the local church, not something that’s hard to find or outsourced to more contemplative groups.



The School of Mercy and Justice offers participants an immersive, integrated, and robust spiritual formation for those who desire to cultivate a deep life with God and engage in the work of mercy and justice in the world.
This school that was piloted in Canada, is being offered for the first time here in the states, here in Arizona.