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Heroic Happenings Newsletter

HLI is committed to raising a generation of risk-taking leaders whose identity is rooted in the Fathers love.

Our school exists to serve the Vineyard movement and to create a path for the young leaders. Each HLI site works within the context of their region giving students a feel for the many ways that revival can impact a community. We work with churches of all shapes and sizes, outreaches from across the spectrum including Vineyard-based mission partnership international locations. HLI is “All In” for the sake of making Jesus famous!

  • "Rick & I loved having HLI students in our home.  It was a very positive experience and we bonded well with both girls.  I saw great growth in them throughout the HLI experience..."

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    Pauline Powell, Host Home 2014
  • “HLI combines the best of fruitful discipleship models; intensive spiritual formation, top notch teachings by practitioners (not just theorists)..."

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    Dick Ray, Senior Pastor, Area Leader of Maine/New Hampshire
  • My own son participated in the pioneer year and was envisioned for a life-time of healthy ministry. So I am excited to be able to point our younger Vineyard up and coming leaders to this intensive year-long discipleship opportunity.”

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    Michael Gatlin, Senior Pastor, National Church Planting Director, Parent of 2011 Alumni
  • "Going into our third year of hosting is exciting, but we so value the four girlsfrom the past two years like they are our own. We are thrilled to be considered their HLI Mom and Dad..."

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    Lynn Tupper, HLI Host 2013 and 2014
  • "Imagine a community that allows you to break down barriers, confronts you when needed and helps you grow in loving way! Now I believe in church again and know I can create that type of community wherever I go.”

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    Daniela Rojas, 2013 student from San Sebastian, Spain
  • "This is the real deal of discipleship grounded in Vineyard values and ancient pillars that have served the cause of Christ for centuries.”

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    Phil Strout, National Director, Vineyard USA
  • "I learned what it meant to serve and how to lead myself through my everyday life. Words cannot express what God has done in me through this Institute..."

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    Ethan Audie, 2012 student from Lisbon, Maine
  • “HLI is one of my favorite discipleship schools today. It brings together components that are very attractive and relevant to young people. With Biblical and Practical Kingdom of God training, affordability and accessibility and teaching people that they can impact this world in a mighty way for God. They do all of this while bringing honor and value back to the local church.”

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    Jeremiah Carlson, Worship Leader with The Neverclaim
  • "A lot of people ask, “is it worth it?” I say yes! HLI challenges young adults to take themselves seriously as members of the Kingdom, to allow the Holy Spirit to refine and rebuild them..."

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    Christian Dunn, Youth Pastor, National Task Force Leader
  • “Rarely is there a program that brings together spiritual formation, educational pursuits and hands-on experiences.  Even rarer would be a program geared specifically for youth."

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    John Elmer, Senior Pastor, Regional Leader of the Vineyard East

Our Founders

Phil Strout

Founder & National Director, Vineyard USA

Jenna Stepp

Founder & Lewiston Director

Shawn Stepp

Founder & Lewiston Director

Allen Austin

Founder & Senior Pastor, Pathway Vineyard Church