Our Mission

Mission: To reflect Christ and live deeply in a sustainable multi-family home by acting in prayerful response to God and His creation through life in an intentional community lovingly devoted to creativity, hospitality, simplicity, and justice.

Sustainable:  Not forgetting that the true health of the community depends upon the well being of each of its members, decisions made and actions taken will serve the long term good of the community, the families and the individuals.  (Acts 4: 32-35; 2Cor 9; Php 2: 3-4)

Prayerful:  This vision is the result of prayer.  Believing that God’s Spirit is alive and active, we commit all our decisions–practical, personal, and spiritual–to communal prayer and consideration, searching the scriptures and waiting for God.  (Ps; Ro 12: 1-2; 1Th 5: 17-24)

Response to God:  Believing firmly that God desires justice and loves mercy, and that He accomplishes His purposes through His people, that “coincidence” is not a kosher word, our purpose is to act daily upon the opportunities presented to us for ministry by sharing our home, our table, our gifts, our resources, and our lives with anyone who comes through our door.  (Pr 19: 21; Mt 5: 13-16, 22: 36-39; Gal 6: 1-10; Ep 5: 15-17; 1Jn 3: 16-18)

Response to God’s creation:  Mindful that we are called to take care of each other and take care of the earth, our living practices will actively nurture intimate relationships with all who cross our path, and with the ecosystem in which God has placed us— where “we live and move and have our being,”—being good stewards both of their gifts and their frailties, living as witnesses to the “abundant life” that God promises.  (Gen 2: 15; Ps 19; Acts 17: 24-28; Ro 1: 20, 2Pt 1: 3-10)

Intentional:  Our lifestyles and daily interactions will be the practical expression of the central principles of our mission.  We will regularly come together in “family meetings” to pray, to discuss community steering, business and personal issues, and make practical, member-sensitive, and spirit-sensitive adjustments to our vision.  (Pr 19:21; Ro 15: 5-6; Php 2: 1-3)

Lovingly:  Acknowledging that God is love and that for us love is a choice, we will continually seek to reflect God’s love in tangible ways: forgiving readily and repeatedly, demonstrating patience, extending grace, supporting one another through challenges, and offering a listening ear. (1Pt  4:8, 1Cor. 13:4-8, Jn 3:16, Col 3:12-14, 1Jn 3:18 & 4:18)

Creativity:  Living creatively is acted upon in two basic ways: 1) Our community will tend to rely on inspiration and ingenuity, in place of convention, in dealing with its daily business (not neglecting insights from appropriate models found in the scriptures, in history, and in similar community experiments); and 2) it will also be a center for the cultivation and display of artistic expression.  (Ro 12: 1-2; Col 2: 8, 20)

Hospitality:  Assured that opening our door to anyone in need is opening our door to Christ, our door will always be open with room at our table, beauty to enjoy, conversation to be shared—easy with laughter and safe for tears—and space to sleep–hosting visiting missionaries, guests, church groups, Montage, and others.  It is a way to offer our gifts of home for Kingdom purposes. (Mt 5: 13-16; Gal 4: 14b, 6: 9-10; 1Pt 4: 8-11; Heb 13: 1-3, 15-16, 3 Jn: 3, 8; Prov. 17: 22; Eccl. 3: 4; Luke 6: 21)

Education:  The house and its grounds can educate through modeling whole-life discipleship, alternative environmental design, and sustainable community living while also serving as a gathering place for various groups, networks, and ministries, as well as being a source for materials which explore this lifestyle. (2Tim 1: 8-9a, 13; Heb 6:1-3, 9-12; Jas 3: 1-2, 13-18)

Simplicity:  Convinced that many families can live more efficiently together than apart, we will combine our personal resources (finances, knowledge, energy, and giftings) and streamline our consumption of the earth’s natural resources, by choosing involvement, relationship, and play as our entertainment, by growing what food we are able, and by committing our hands to work, our minds to ingenuity, and our spare time to rest over mindless consumerism.  (Ps. 126: 2-3; 1Th 4: 11-12; Heb 13: 5; 1Jn 2: 15-17)

Justice: Understanding that justice is different than judgment, and knowing that God calls us to “love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with Him,” and that Jesus came to bring relief to the poor and set captives free, we attempt to find the ways that our actions and choices are connected to either oppressing the poor or serving them.  (Micah 6:8)

 

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