Intentional Faith Community Houses

Last updated: March 25, 2012 (3 years ago)
Listing created on: May 30, 2011

Intentional Faith Community Houses

(Lansing, Michigan, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2010  Established: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Address:

    Lansing, Michigan, 48906
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email Jenny or Francis —
    Jenny: |
    Also feel free to look at our website for more information and questions asked of prospective residents:

    If you’d like to be on our mailing list or be notified of community events, although are not interested in living in our community at this time, please email

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Intentional Faith Community

Community Description:

Seeking to be known, loved, and changed by God? Interested in knowing, loving, and serving Him in return? These houses are dedicated for individuals committed to grow in their faith and serve one’s neighbor, finding fellowship with others looking to do the same.

There are five houses within the same general vicinity in Lansing, between two and three miles west of Michigan State and not far from Old Town, in Lansing. One of the houses has a 24/7 prayer room anyone in the community is welcome to frequent, and a carpool runs daily to and from MSU campus and the houses for students.

Rent ranges from $265-385/mo. depending on the size of the room, and less if you’re willing to share! These rates include all utilities, laundry and wireless Internet service. We also ask for a security deposit of one month’s rent and references.

At least one room is currently available in one of the guys’ homes, and two rooms are currently available between the two women’s homes. See more information at our website:

We are graduate students but welcome those of all ages or stages in life, and especially anyone with a heart to hear from God and honor Him.

If you’re interested, please get in touch!


  • Adult Members: 15
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We intentionally seek ways to pray with one another, worship and seek God

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have an advisory board

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Suburban, Suburban
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 5
  • Additional Comments: Francis Smart and Jenny Cairns own each of the houses seperately

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: We ask house members to join a cleaning rotation and ocassionally cook or help cook dinner for our weekly shared meals

    Just a one month’s rent security deposit, minimum of $250

    Rent payments vary from $100 – $375 depending on room size and if a room is shared


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.

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Fair Housing Laws

Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.


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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge