Beginnings in Africa
Joseph and Renee Horevay, while serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) near Cape Town, South Africa, started to plant simple churches in a squalid shanty town. People come to Christ, many experience physical healing and deliverance from evil spirits then from drugs and HIV. All experience deepening fellowship with one another and experience with the Living Christ.
Joseph and Renee Horevay return to Cleveland, Ohio, Renee’s hometown to prepare for a long term relocation to South Africa. While in Cleveland, God plants a vision for re-evangelizing North America using neighborhood based simple churches. Joseph and Renee join Grace Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Joseph starts the process of accreditation as a Christian & Missionary Alliance pastor and church planter. (He had first been ordained in 1983 at an independent congregation.)
Forming a Core
Grace Church permits Joseph & Renee Horevay to teach Organic Church class as a way to cast vision for a new kind of church plant. Joseph becomes an accredited Alliance pastor. The C&MA helps to underwrite the church plant. An interested core is formed and the first house church is launched in Strongsville, Ohio in August 2011. The group gathers members and interest and within the first month a second house church is launched.
The church plants as well as adopts several more house churches. NEO House Church Network wrestles with what it means to be a network of interconnected, interdependent and united house churches with common values and leadership team. We see people converted, filled with the Holy Spirit as growing as disciples. We grow in our experience and understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit.
The house church network has several house churches disaffiliate, uncomfortable with connectionalism in an organized church. We plant and adopt additional house churches. This is a year devoted to training, discipleship, refining practices and prayer.
The year is devoted to strategic planning on how to plant simple churches and train leaders. The one-thousand-house-churches-in-ten-years objective is established. More house churches are planted. Efforts are made to understand how a city-reaching movement can be decentralized yet be true to common values and mission.