An international Christian community of more than 2,700 members
living in 23 settlements on four continents—called to follow Jesus
together in the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount. Founded in 1920 in Germany
by Eberhard Arnold, the Bruderhof today has a presence in Germany, the
United Kingdom, Paraguay, Australia, and four US states—New York,
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Florida. (See also "Plough Publishing"
Christian Community Development
An association of churches and parachurch organizations committed to the
revitalization of depressed neighborhoods through a Christian understanding
of neighbor—founded by John Perkins, author of With Justice for All.
(See also "Harambe Ministries" listed below.)
A Christian missionary agency supported by churches of the associated
with the North American Christian Convention.
An ongoing conversation, online and live, with author and lecturer Gil Bailie
concerning "the anthropological significance of the Incarnation"—inspired
by the insights of René Girard, and informed by Catholic Theology and
Western Literature. Two must-read books: Gil Bailie's Violence Unveiled
and René Girard's I See Satan Fall Like Lightning.
Emmanuel Christian Seminary
A Christian seminary that encourages tough-minded thinking and taking
Jesus seriously, supported by churches associated with the North
American Christian Convention.
An organization that coordinates volunteers worldwide to build safe,
decent, affordable houses for families that would otherwise be living in
poverty—originally a ministry of Koinonia Farm, Americus, Georgia. (See
"Koinonia Farm" listed below.)
A neighborhood center for Christian community development in Pasadena,
California—established by John Perkins in 1982. Harambee is
Swahili for "Let's get together and push!" (See also "Christian Community
Development Association" listed above.)
A nation-wide association that organizes groups of Christians for mutual
support in Christian service among students on college and university campuses—supported by the Evangelical Christian community.
Established in 1942 by Clarence Jordan as an inter-racial collective
farm near Americus, Georgia, Koinonia is a "demonstration plot for the
kingdom of God," where Christians share their lives and resources,
following the example of the first Christian communities as described in
the Acts of the Apostles. Clarence Jordan is best
known for his "cotton patch" translation of the New Testament. (See also
"Habitat for Humanity" listed above.)
An international organization that establishes and governs household communities
where people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them share
life together—founded by Jean Vanier, author of Community and Growth.
The Little Brothers
Founded in France in 1933, a Roman Catholic congregation of religious brothers
inspired by the life and writings of Charles de Foucauld. The congregation
is organized into small communities that focus on the celebration of the
Eucharist, simple manual labor in the spirit of the Catholic Worker Priests,
and times of spiritual retreat into the desert. Carlo Carretto has written
about his experiences as a member of the congregation in Letters from
The North American
An annual, nation-wide gathering in the U.S. of Christians from
independent Christian churches and churches of Christ for worship and
fellowship. The churches represented are in a free association of
churches with roots in the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, and have no
church government beyond the local congregation.
A ministry of the Bruderhof, Plough Publishing House is an independent
publisher of books on faith, society, and the spiritual life, based in
Walden, New York with branches in the United Kingdom and Australia. A must-read book
from Plough Publishing is Salt and Light
by Bruderhof founder Eberhard Arnold. (See "The Bruderhof" listed
A restaurant, bookstore, gift shop, concert venue, theatre, art gallery,
and gathering place for conversation, Christian worship, and community
action in Washington, DC—maintained by the Potter's House Church, a faith
community birthed by Church of the Saviour. An ecumenical
church, Church of the Saviour was founded in 1947 by Gordon Cosby. Elizabeth
O'Connor describes Gordon Cosby's vision of life together in Christian
Call to Commitment and in Journey Inward, Journey Outward.
A bookstore that specializes in books on Christian discipleship and Christian
community where you can find books by Will Robinson. To name two: Whither
Theology? and The Biblical Doctrine of the Church.
Wipf and Stock
A publishing house that is making available to the present generation of
readers vital works on Christian discipleship and Christian community from generations
A ministry supported by the Evangelical Christian community that works
in cooperation with local churches worldwide to provide disaster relief,
healthcare, refugee and immigration services, economic development, and