Christians Interested in Building Communities for Outreach
Our goals: 1) Glorify God the Father (Isaiah 43:7) by
becoming like His son Jesus (Rom 8:29, 2 Cor 3:18), 2) Help
“one another” become like Jesus by living in close proximity
to share time, space, resources, and accountability (Heb
10:24-25), 3) Let our love and good works witness to our
neighbors (John 13:35, Matt 5:16). For more details see
the summary Why
Live in Christian Community.
Monthly Roundtable Discussion on Living in Spiritual Extended
Families (Christian Community)
Signs of Life (722
Mass.) Conference Room
We have been discussing the book When
the Church was a Family by Joseph H. Hellerman.
We have also been discussing the book Behold
the Lamb! (The Story of the Moravian Church) by Peter
Hoover. Especially read about their community life in chapters
9 - 17.
Please come share your
thoughts and tell us about your community experiences!
Eight past meetings (in 2012) - March 23, April 20, May 18,
June 22, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19
New! The BBC
aired a nice one
hour show in March 2013 about the Hutterites. You
might be able to search the Internet and find a way to watch
the show. Here
are some nice photos by a fellow from the BBC
show. Compared to the colony in the video, Elmendorf
(see links below) eats their meals together as families and
seems much more happy in many ways.
We had some discussion of the community aspects of the Feb.
28th two hour PBS documentary "The Amish": www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/amish/
Note: The entire show
is now available for online viewing!
And then contrasted the Amish with the Hutterites who live
with the latest technology but with similar community goals: www.HutteriteHeritage.com
For one such example, the Amish limit their access to
automobiles to help keep their communities together.
While the Hutterites have nice automobiles, they have
"extended family household rules" that accomplish the same
goals as the Amish.
"The Amish" documentary includes coverage of the Amish school
shooting in 2006. A "Forgiveness Seminar" related to the
shooting was held in 2010 at The Ohio State University in
Columbus, Ohio. The seminar ended up as a 1.5 hour
dialog. An audio recording is available (privately) to
those who request it. We hope to have a transcription
available soon. April
2010 Forgiveness Seminar Flyer
This web site currently consists of a few personal notes of
Paul Breneman (written in the first-person) but more
importantly it contains links to other resources that I have
The Lord has opened many "doors" in the past several years in
Kansas where I attend Lawrence
Bible Chapel. There was an associated large campus
ministry (community) back in the mid 70s (near KU)
and some folks involved with that still have a lot of close
community. Every summer they have a 5-day "Bible Camp"
for children from 8 am to 8 pm with 3 full meals. So it
is like the children are going away to camp except they go
home every evening to sleep. They also have a nice
"Kid's Club" ministry every Thursday evening with many of the
same children, many of which are from a working-class
neighborhood (Overland Drive) right next to the church
building. The "doors" have opened for me to rent in that
neighborhood, even very close to a "Kid's Club" leader who
desires to live in Christian community. I pray that we
(and others) can serve each other and also the
neighborhood. I also attend Kidron
I've also been very blessed in Lawrence
to meet young people who have lived in Christian community
during the past six years or who know people presently doing
The example of those who went before us
Read about the Moravians in this online book by Peter Hoover:
Behold the Lamb! (The
Story of the Moravian Church). Especially read about
their community life in chapters 9 - 17.
Some Christian Communities
Marcon, France: Community
of Courtiron Anabaptists
- I spent most of May 2009 at this community and you can read
my diary about my visit. Note:
My diary includes an invitation from the community with
information on housing and jobs. You might also want to
read some of the community's blog:
- Also see this related page: Books
Minnesota, USA - Elmendorf
- Part of my spiritual family and where I lived for seven
months in 2003 and several months since then.
New! - Elmendorf has
(early 2013) purchased property in northern Missouri where
they hope to start a new community.
Tasmania, Australia: Rocky
Lloydminster, SK, Canada: Fort
Pitt Christian Community
New! You can listen to various messages by men
living at the above communities:
Peter Hoover (Rocky Cape): Behold
Dean Taylor (Elmendorf) and Reuben Walter (Fort Pitt): AIC
Other resources and items of interest
A great article by Charles Moore: Beyond
Argument - The powerful witness of community
Another article by Charles Moore: Doing
Life Together (also here)
Several good articles on Living
in Christian Community
It has been exciting to read some of what a group of believers
in Grand Rapids are experiencing since moving within 3
or 4 blocks of each other in the summer of 2005. To me this
presents a good picture of a how a city community can interact
amongst themselves and also with others in the neighborhood.
Here are two exciting blog articles:
the Kingdom of God
Life in the Kingdom of God, PART 2
We Live in Community, a nice introductory article
from Plough Publishing House.
Two ministries at Ohio State to check out: OSU
House of Prayer & International
Fountain Creek, a vision for
brethren living in community, by Michael Hari.
A summary of my vision of
intentional Christian community (rural and city).
Seeking contact with others?
Find Radical Christian Fellowship at Scroll
Some of my other web pages:
Spreading God's Word
at The Ohio State University
Behold The Lamb!
(The Story of the Moravian Church)
Gospel Jam Sessions
Please contact me (community helper - not leader) if you know
about other resources similar to those already on this page.
PO Box 1755
Lawrence, KS 66044-8755