About

OK, since you asked…a little about me.

First off, I prefer to found my identity through my relationship to others not centered on my self.

So here are a few of the roles I gladly embrace –

Father – I have 5 amazing children: Kelsey, Jackson, Syndey, Elisa and Kaira. (You can find most of my thoughts about family at familyteams.wordpress.com)

Husband – I’ve made a life-long covenant with April so we get to partner with each and complete each other in all of our identities.

Disciple – I am a radical Christ-follower striving to allow Christ, through His Spirit, to live through me.

Disciple-maker – I devote a great deal of time and energy to the development of city-wide discipleship training centers (the city church).

Church Architect – I seek to assist groups of disciples through the process of forming an interconnected, interdependent body as described in 1 Corinthians 12-14.

Entrepreneur – I enjoy finding creative solutions for business using the latest technological advances and developing sustainable business models that produce increasing streams of income.

Business Owner – Once a venture succeeds I cultivate these businesses trying to create increasing levels of efficiency in order to bless my Lord, my family and my community. Here are some I’m currently working on – Another World Enterprises, Marketplace Earth, Adapt Commerce, Ecommerce Apprentice.

Fort Thomas, KY resident – I live in Fort Thomas a small semi-urban town just 2 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.  I pray for and encourage the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Fort Thomas, Campbell County Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area.

19 responses

24 10 2007
Michael

I stumbled upon your blog and a really resonate with it.
I am really intrigued by your story-formed life focus. I would love some more information about it!

I have been investing in an idea similar to this for sometime, and developed narratives to help connect post-literates back to the scriptures. See http://www.echothestory.com. We have been using the process called Bible Storying in discipleship with youth and house churches for about 4 years and have seen amnazing transformation for those who are open to God forming them by his story. I would love to connect and learn from you!
Michael Novelli

1 01 2008
John Thomas

Was just curious for the rss feed for this blog is. I found the other feeds you have on your sidebar for other blogs, but didn’t see this one.

Thanks,

– John

7 01 2008
shilo

Your comment really struck me: ” I’ve been asking some hard questions about the predominate philosophy of family virtually all Americans hold. It has been largely unsuccessful at keeping families together and keeping men in particular, interested and engaged in building strong families.”
It seems that part of the problem is that often American society does not value and support the consistent involvement of men in their children’s lives. This is particularly illustrated in cases of marital strife where courts often rule in favor of mothers with the bias that the mother’s emotional connection with children is more important than the father’s. Often men are left with the social message that their underlying value is to provide economically for children without recognizing how essential a father is to a child’s emotional and spiritual development.
What are your thoughts on this?

28 04 2008
Aaron

Above you talked about making disciples. I was curious what that looks like. How do you disciple men?
Thanks,
Aaron

10 07 2008
Mark Lucas

Hi Jeremy. I was googling the new name of our ministry and found you high in the rankings. Love what you have going here, especially your vision and objectives at Storyhill. We too believe that this is what the Spirit is saying to the Church in our time. Glad to know others are hearing the same feed. I’m encouraged by your heart, example and vision. Hope we can meet someday on this side of glory. May God strengthen your hands in His work, and multiply through you. Much love in Christ! -Mark

29 08 2008
Doug Harms

HI Jeremy,

Greetings from Grand Rapids, MI.

We have begun a rather ambitious ministry here (www.urbanpathos.org) – as we feel led of the Spirit, and I have been blessed by the insight of your website/articles. I must admit finding it difficult to find committed/loyal men of God in G.R. who are willing to sacrifice what it will take to see the Kingdom expand.

Also, your “Storyhill” offer sounds heavenly and I certainly could use a season of total focus on Christ and training for the journay ahead, but, present obligations and time constraints do hinder. However, I wanted to encourage you and bless you for what I perceive as a rare example of Kingdom living and presence… may you and your’s be richly blessed and … please continue the great work!

Your brother in Christ,
Doug Harms

4 12 2008
Craig Bertrand

Hey Jeremy,

I have been thinking some very similar things over the last 4ish years and am glad to have found someone of like mind! My family and I are missionaries in Hong Kong and are currently find ourselves working with about 300 refugees many of whom are coming to Christ at an alarming/exciting rate just 25 last Wednesday! Well my background in discipleship was through Youth With a Mission. It was a fantastic experience and I can say that I grew tremendously. However it is impossible to expect this exact format to work here in Hong Kong. Most people will never join such a program and the rest (refugees) can’t afford such a room and board program. So I have been really praying and asking God to give me a model to work by. I have looked over many would be discipleship programs but none really went beyond information. I have also developed a model (similar to yours in many ways). It would be great if we could somehow benefit from each others work. I am a little behind you in mine in my ability to clearly communicate the heart of it to others. That is my current project.

Pray for me (really!) Thanks for your insights and service to our Lord! God Bless.

Until all have heard
Craig

12 12 2008
Jeff Patrick

Jeremy, I live in Kirkland, WA and would be very interested in seeing firsthand what you are doing. Is there a way to contact you or stop by one of your meetings?

14 01 2009
Bob Kuhn

Hello Jeremy,

I’ll get right to the point; I want this movement in New Orleans. I’m in a church that’s sympathetic to the cause, but I fear that I’m too extreme for its own good. Can I get in touch with you? I have too much to say & ask for this blog. You can reach me at bob@journeyneworleans.com or at fanatic78@aol.com.

Peace,

Bob

28 02 2009
Terry

Hi, basic premise must be sound: the bible refers to church in the context of a wider area (eg churches – plural- in Asia), a city (church in Corinth) or a house (church that meets in X’s house. This needs to be proclaimed far and wide, and would radically cut across much current understanding.

The other point is that a church is governed by at least two male elders, which again cuts across much thinking.

And a practical conclusion: however we try and work this out for a city of say 200,000, the Christians of that city are all part of the same church, whetehr they like it or not!

Taking this to a lower level, everyone in a particular area of that city are in the same church, and should not consider themselves in different churches.

Becasue there is one church, it is pure carnality to associate oneself with a particular denomination or person – so I belong to God’s church in Coventry, UK.

Terry

2 05 2009
Greg Isbell

I’m very interested in your content/comments – so far so good. However, I would like to know more about “who” I’m “receiving from” and don’t see how I get there from here.
I’m a “pastor of a “house church plant” (Grace Works) and we’ve received a merge from another church that dissolved. I’m not “emergent” but am sympathetic with the “need to change our contemporary mindsets”…please tell me more about yourself and journey to here.
GI

24 05 2009
Abbie

Hi Jeremy,
I stumbled on your site through a comment you posted on Steve Fuller’s blog, The church experiment. I am interested in getting to know more about your church community and how it works. Any info would be great. Thanks- Abbie

12 12 2009
Elize

Hi Jeremy, I also stumbled upon your website and was wondering wheter you are an Australian? and what denomination you are part of? Thank you for your articles.

God Bless

3 05 2010
tirelo

i would like to know when the church was started and its co founder.Is it for apostol Simon Mokwena?

9 06 2010
Mi

I stumbled on your site today through a link on Facebook. What a wealth of info on this site.

4 07 2010
Terri Kendig

Hi Jeremy, It’s Terri Kendig from the Vineyard. It’s so neat that my daughter is working for you guys. I didn’t put two and two together until Christa metioned she was cleaning a house off of Possum Path and when she described it I knew it was your home. God sure works in mysterious ways doesn’t he? We sure would love to talk with you and April sometimes, especially about your trip to Israel. We also are going there the end of July and would love to hear about your trip and see some of your pictures. Hope to get a email from you soon. I can’t believe you and April have 5 kids! Thats awesome! Take Care and God bless! Terri & Bob Kendig 🙂

2 10 2011
pr alfred juma

Am pastor alfred juma from kenya
i was so impressed with this ministry and so much willing to welcome you in kenya to share the love of God with.

27 01 2012
Norma Dowling

I was looking up the five fold ministry and found you! What a refreshing view. Sure never heard this preached from a pulpit..LOL. I was respectfully asked to leave a church or two for the same viewpoints. I am not alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think whether the organized church wants it to happen or not, we are about to enter a time when true Christianity will only survive outside the structure of “Churchianity”. Those who refuse to depart will unfortunately turn apostate. The exciting part of course is that Christ’s Spirit will once again lead His church. Thanks for being out there telling the unpopular truth. I know what it feels like sometimes to be the only fish in the pond swimming a different direction from the rest of the school. It can be painful at times, but worth it. I think when the time comes you will be one who hears, well done my good and faithful servant. Ellie Dowling

11 02 2014
Stan

HOw do I order the book?

Dr Stan DeKoven, Vision International University, sdekoven@vision.edu

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