The Gladstone Community Religious group

The Gladstone Community began 7 years ago as a small group of young men who living in an apartment together in Mariemont. We were all part of a Bible study and were challenged that we wanted to really live our Christian faith as fully as we could. We committed to study, to prayer and to challenge and encourage one another to go deeper and further in our faith.

As time went on, dozens of men and women joined us. As we grew in numbers of persons, we (by necessity) grew in numbers of properties. We began to share all our resources together. Our hope was that by doing this and choosing to live in a simpler way personally, that we could maximize the effect of our resources in the service of our faith. We were very encouraged by the Book of Acts and the very first Christians who did a very similar thing:
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47, and All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Acts 4:32-35.
When the Gladstone Community began we were still attending a congregation in Loveland, but 2010 we were blessed by the church leadership to become a church fellowship all our own, with our own leadership. To this day we share a relationship with that congregation, as well as many others–particularly Mariemont Community Church, where we minister together, often worship together, and most importantly have deep personal friendships. Leadership is shared by many in the community. There is a team of treasurers who care for the finances. There is a team of pastors who care for spiritual needs. There are teams for hospitality and practical needs as well.
Much of our time, resources and energy goes into helping young men and women out of drug addiction (particularly heroin addiction), orphan-care around the world, and support for the suffering Church. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer the world is looking for, but we realize that for the words to be believed people must first see in our lives it’s truth. We partner with a variety of ministries that help us to do this work, such as Back2Back Ministries, Teen Challenge Cincinnati, Voice of the Martyrs to name a few. We also work hard to revitalize the neighborhood we live in. As we purchase houses we seek to landscape, paint, repair and remodel.
We have two meetings a week. One on Thursday nights (7:00pm) at the Mariemont Church Parish Center. In January of 2013 we began to study straight through the Bible. We have a teaching at 7:00pm, followed by worship music and then we break into small groups and discuss what we have just studied. We offer a meal at 6:30pm and free childcare each night in the Preschool rooms.On Sunday mornings we meet at the Mariemont Chapel at 9:00am for a time of worship. At this meeting members of the congregation share testimonies, encouragements, poems, songs, and short exhortations as we worship the Lord together. Both meetings are open and anyone is welcome.
Written by: Zachary Kijinski

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  1. Reader beware! Not is all as seems in this article. What’s not said is there’s a group of people who have left this community after disagreeing with the teachings of this group. The group was not “blessed by the church to form their own congregation”. The group was asked by the church to disassociate with them because they didn’t believe what they were teaching was healthy. When I personally left the group, I was told I was going to be out of Gods will and damned to hell, and many others had the same experience. I have been approached by many parents who’s children are in this group, and they never see them anymore. They feel they’ve lost their kids to this community. One parent recently was unable to have her children over in her home for thanksgiving because the community told her children no. The original elder of this group was forced out because he and the leader of the Gladstone community had a disagreement on their teachings. This group is very good at manipulating people with their knowledge of the bible and spinning things around to make it seem like what they believe is true. This is a dangerous community with cult-like tendencies. Once you’re in, it’s very difficult to get out, as they force you to cut off all ties with people not in the community.

  2. To Whom It May Concern:

    I used to live in Gladstone Community affiliated with Mariemont Community Church. There are multiple people including myself which I have been in contact with that have left this community having experienced emotional and spiritual trauma. I was actually counseled by one of the members who actually left after helping to start up the community.

    I want you to be aware that you may have posted an article positively reflecting a group that displays cult like tendencies. Minor and Major Life decisions require approval from the leadership, permission is needed to date, to marry, to change jobs, to change careers or advance, and to further one’s self through education. Members have given up college degrees, full ride scholarships, and major job opportunities because the leadership said no.

    While giving of finances and possessions may be considered voluntary by the members of the community I would argue that most if not all of the members have given over their free will to choose and think for themselves financially, psychologically, spiritually and even relationally.

    My friend and I who used to live in the community both experienced individuals and leaders telling us as we left the church that we were going against God’s will. When we did leave we both had to wrestle with thinking we were actually going to hell. Gladstone uses other scare tactics for disciplining its people to conform.

    Through our yelp reviews we have received various concerns and complaints from various family members of people living in the community. Recently, we received a call from a family member who was distraught because the community wouldn’t let her daughters come home for thanksgiving.

    I want you to know that I left the community needing daily counseling from a licensed Christian professional for 4-5 months while needing to take two different medications for the trauma which I am currently still on. If I were you I would look at some of the reviews on Yelp. I have nothing further to say other than warning you to thoroughly check into groups and individuals before deciding to reflect them in a positive light. You never know what you’ll find out after doing a thorough search. If you don’t believe me feel free to contact some of the individuals on yelp. Why would someone post a negative review if there wasn’t some truth to it?

    For safety reasons I want the people reading this review to know that I am not using my actual name because I believe the community would try and seek me out. I want you to also know that I have been to at least one or more other Christian churches that do not believe in Gladstone Community Church and its Concepts of so called common purse and how the Church functions and operates. Also Gladstone’s turnover rate for individuals coming to check out the church and leaving is actually somewhat high.

    Please do not email a response to me or try and reach out I will not reply for privacy reasons.

    • I know you recognize the last name. His 16 year old sister has been taken into this situation and I need help. PLEASE respond. She is too young for this. I will risk my privacy by giving you my e-mail hiltonsl1@ gmail.com

      • I am so sorry!! I knew the brother through them training him to lead- Lord heal Zak- and the ones he has drug into this! He needs a deep time in healing of something that has stunted his growth- he is what appears to me a boy/man in need of healing-

    • secret group- going closed when we can unite those who can help-
      just spoke to Denis beufjoruser who claims he doesn’t know- parents are planning to go to other pastors in the community who know and are silent like Daniel McKee…
      please find the facebook group and message me- you can be confidential for now until we get more than the few parents and hope fully kids that left the gladstone cult and get a meeting together
      or email hopetohelp2@hotmail. likely won’t check very often there either trying to be discreet. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1767641616621261/

  3. I would like to know how if at all possible to get my sister out of that place . It also sounds like a Jim Jones thing. We were told we could no longer have any contact with her and she is not allowed to leave to be at the hospital to see her granddaugher born. I am now trying to be a aunt and a mother to her daughter. If anyone out there knows how to help I would love to hear from you.

    • there is a public facebook page and I have a contact who has children in the Gladstone cult-https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100022506786722

      so many are afraid to post their real names – because the cult gets back to their family members – and then the family can’t visit with them unsupervised (house mother!)

      GOD SAVE ZAC!

  4. Gladstone is a cult. I was living there for a short time and am still suffering nearly a year later. I didnt realize how much being there would mess with my mind even months later. Leaving calls for serious deprogramming. I wish I never experienced this because my life hasnt been the same since. Please pray for those who are being convinced to live there. Several members told me they considered leaving but would be going outside of God’s will if they did. THIS WAS THE MAIN REASON PEOPLE STAYED! That is brainwashing! Why would so many people feel the need to leave if there wasn’t a problem? Im glad I got out, though I faced many conversations to try to convince me to stay the day of. It has been really hard for me to live a normal life without thinking about the damage this place has had on me psychologically. I have and am overcoming severe anxiety. I didnt have this issue before then. I literally got sick because of the lack of peace I had while there. I honestly dont know how I am still a Christian apart from understanding that God will somehow use this for my good and He loves me and deserves my worship regardless of my circumstance. If you are considering living there, please don’t. I say this in love. Gladstone should NOT be an option. If you are feeling weird about Gladstone, I urge you to listen to God prompting you to run in the opposite direction. They seem convincingly Christian but they are isolating people from their families and society, controlling and manipulating their decisions, and convincing them that this is the Christian life–the life of sacrifice. They are misinterpreting Acts to justify their common purse. That is NOT the way the early church lived. Please study the Word and know it–IN CONTEXT. We are easily deceived when we let others interpret for us, especially when it strays from traditional, orthodox interpretation. I am glad that my theological ears were open and the Lord warned me with the Word and thru prayer every time I heard something about communal living that was meant for itching ears. Why would a ministry that has raised millions need to have their members share everything even down to bar soap with their housemates to “die to self”? How extreme could you possibly be and call it Christian because you attach the name ‘Jesus’? It is not good doctrine to preach the gospel and live in a way that is counter-gospel, to live in a way that is gives you control over people. These people are easily manipulated because they sincerely want to follow God and stumbled upon a ministry that will use the cause of Christ to control their actions. I fell for this because I wanted to follow God. It is not good doctrine that when someone wants to leave it is IMPOSSIBLE because the ministry has ALL OF THEIR MONEY the person has no money because it was forfeited to the ministry). Thank God I strongly felt to not do so and had enough to make my escape. It was disputed they wouldnt be able to help me (millions, some wouldve been because of me, but they cant help me leave…). There’s much more I can say, but I will end here. It is brainwashing with a Christian guise. Do not associate with this ministry. People being nice is not a sign of godly fruit. You will feel weird about it. That is your cue to run. God bless and please be safe. Follow God with all your heart. Parents, I pray often for your children at Gladstone who need to open their eyes. I believe God will answer your prayers. God bless.

    • parents and concerned friends are gathering- please share and help us – parents are praying and going to talk to Denis, Ford Taylor, Jerry Kirk please contact me! and I’ll connect you with them! apparently they are recruiting globally now- and have a Guatemala connection so Back to back needs to know it’s a cult also!!
      please contact us here-

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