We are equipping 1000 Houses to accomplish the Great Commission through disciple-making in community
The vision to raise up 1000 disciple-making households came as God took us on a journey. Here are three formative stops on that journey and the moves we made as a result.
Move #1: From Individual to Household
Location: Jerusalem, Israel -1997
Jeremy was sitting on a stone bench along the west wall of the Old City when a bunch of fathers walked past pushing strollers.
“Strange,” Jeremy thought, “Why do men in this culture have such passion for family? What do they believe about fatherhood that differs from western evangelicals?”
As Jeremy searched for the origins of these ideas about family the answers coalesced around a single biblical figure: Abraham - the household builder. This discovery, or rediscovery, was one piece in the puzzle that explains why the Western church struggles to make disciples. What if we focussed on transforming families into households?
Later Family Teams was launched to restore the biblical blueprint of family as a multigenerational team on mission. What mission? We discovered our next clue on the North Shore of Boston.
Move #2: From Institution to Community
Location: Marblehead, Massachusetts- 2000
“Why don’t you start a young marrieds group?” Pastor Bob asked the Pryors.
It sounded a bit overwhelming with a fulltime job, being a new seminary student and having just become parents.
But on the other hand, the Pryors were in a new town with no friends so why not? Over the next two years this small group totally transformed what many of these couples thought about the church and the Kingdom God. They began to experience genuine Kingdom community.
God gave us a glimpse of how an Acts 2 experience could be possible in our day. Perhaps church was more than just Sunday services? Maybe it has a relational center?
There are over 100 commands given to the church in the New Testament that require interdependent relationships. Maybe the structure of the church is more like a community.
But what is that community designed to do?
Our final move on this journey happened just south of the city of Cincinnati.
Move #3: From Church Planting to Disciple-Making
Location: Fort Thomas, Kentucky - 2007
A missionary from China asked to meet Jeremy Pryor and Stephen Mowry.
He heard about the house church plants they were attempting in Northern Kentucky and wanted to discuss discipleship strategies.
“Describe to me your process for making disciples?” the missionary asked.
Their answers amounted to, “we live life together and hope that everyone grows.”
“Then you are not being obedient to what Jesus said in Matthew 28 when he commanded, “Teach them to obey everything I’ve commanded you.”
Through a process of repentance they began to refocus their efforts on making disciples through intentional training.
Out of that season The Story-Formed Life was launched and many additional discipleship training tools that help us focus on accomplishing the Great Commission.
When you put these three moves together you get missional households that make disciples through community.
And that’s what 1KH is all about.
Who We Are
Jeremy met his wife April in Jerusalem in 1997 when they were students. They’ve spent the last 20 years building Team Pryor together. The Pryors have five kids: Kelsey, Jackson, Sydney, Elisa and Kaira. They live in a multigenerational house with Jeremy parents and other extended family members in Fort Thomas, KY just a few miles from Cincinnati, Ohio.
They’ve founded several businesses and nonprofits including Epipheo (a video production agency) Just Sew (a quilt shop), FamilyTeams.com (training content for families) 1000 Houses (equipping disciple-making households) and The Story-Formed Life (a discipleship training resource).
Jeremy attended Multnomah Bible College and Seminary, The Master's University, Western Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Jerusalem University College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
For fun the Pryors study Hebrew, take groups to Israel (join us), enjoy deep conversation over great food and read Tolkien by firelight.
Joe and Caitlin met in elementary school, married in 2011 and have been building "Team Fro" together for the past 10 years. Joe and Caitlin have three kids: Luke, Lily, and Charlie.
They live on the east side of Cincinnati and have a passion for cultivating meaningful kingdom community for their family, friends, and neighbors.
Joe graduated from Wilmington College and has spent ten years in youth and worship ministry, while also teaching and coaching tennis.
The Freudenbergs spend a lot of time making silly music videos, hosting family craft fairs, and creating other fun events for their friends and family.