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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 is our worldwide Vineyard family. Let me tell you about who we are!


A Worshipping Family

Vineyards are known around the world for our love of worship. We were actually one of the early fountains in the 1980’s of contemporary worship that has now covered the entire world. Our focus has been to connect with our God in loving, intimate worship.

A Spirit Led Family

The other world-renowned characteristic of the Vineyard is our love and focus on the Holy Spirit and His ministry. In fact, much of the church world considers The Vineyard one of the best examples of how to get everybody involved, move in the gifts, and impact the world around us in regard to Holy Spirit ministry.

A Word Based Family

Vineyard people love the Bible. The Bible is seen as a foundation for a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven. Of course, it’s the Bible that tells us about the King, His Kingdom and shows us how the Spirit leads us to a deeper understanding of who we are and who our Father really is.

A Social Justice Family

We love to take the good things God has given us and give them to others. Our hearts are always aimed at the lost, the last, and the least as we become conduits of the good things of heaven into their lives. In fact, our goal of “bringing Heaven to earth” is.  This burning desire to take the message everywhere has led us to over 70 countries around the world. Our particular Vineyard has been led to focus on China, Mexico, and Taiwan. While the Vineyard churches in other countries look slightly different, they still have our basic values which are listed above.

A Diverse Family

happytalkingThe goal of our movement is to reflect the culture around us. This emphasis on diversity has been a major focus of the last 10 years within our movement. Locally, we’re getting much closer to reflecting the demographics of Central Illinois. Nationwide, we have churches that are well over 50% ethnic minorities as well as a growing number of La Viña (Hispanic/Latino) churches throughout the country. We are simply trying to reflect what Heaven will be—every race, tribe, language, and nation.

A Relevant Family

The message of the Gospel never changes. However the market is constantly changing so we want to adapt our methods to fit the culture of this day. We love the phrase in Acts 13 where it says, “David served his generation according to the will of God”. Our goal is to serve the people who are alive at the current time. We need to speak the language, walk the walk, and be the hope on a daily basis for a hurting world.

A Privileged Family

Seeing all of the above wonderful aspects of our family, it makes us want to sign up again to be a member. Actually, God is the one who assigns us to particular groups. Once the Spirit says you are a “Vineyard person” and this is the way He wants to relate with you, it’s hard to ever get away. We are so blessed to be where we are. I personally will always thank the Lord for letting me be part of the Vineyard family.


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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