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Our Worldwide Vineyard Family

By on October 1, 2016

A Great Idea: Family
Families are wonderful. In fact, God’s original design was that all of earth be one big happyfamily. Through the fall of humanity, family has been destroyed in so many ways. Yet the very concept of family remains strong in certain areas of our lives. One of those…


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Wisdom for Leaders

Functional Leadership

By on September 27, 2016

In churches like the Vineyard, there’s always a number of people who would like to be a pastor. Certainly some are called to this. Others are drawn to the role because they believe it will bring them validation and greater worth in the eyes of their fellow man and…


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Wisdom for Foundations

Do You Believe in Miracles?

By on August 11, 2016

Want to have an interesting conversation? Ask random people if they believe in miracles. You’ll get very different answers ranging from “of course” to “absolutely not”. In part, it has to do with world view. Said another way, it has to do with who we believe God is and…


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The Spirit Centered Church

By on July 28, 2016

Everything in life has focus. What that focus makes a huge difference. For example, Apple’s (electronics) focus differs wide from General Motors (vehicles). Churches also have a focus—which is a major factor of who they are, where they are going and the fruit they are producing.

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What the…

HAPPY LEMAN
URBANA, IL

Hi and welcome! I'm Happy. My wife Dianne and I are the founders of the Vineyard Church of Central Illinois, a multi-site church with 6 campus locations. Over the last 30+ years, I have learned alot about leadership in life and leading a church. I have made some mistakes and had some successes. I look forward to sharing the wisdom I have learned with you. I strive everyday to see Jesus as bigger, better, and more beautiful. And I am wholeheartedly committed to the ministry Jesus promised his followers in John 14:12: to be able to do the same and greater works through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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