Last updated: November 13, 2009 (5 years ago)
Listing created on: November 24, 2008

Prairie Creek Settlement

(Lebanon, Missouri, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2005  Established: 2005
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Judah
  • Phone: 417-588-1315
  • Address:
    The Congregation of Acts, B’nai Israel
    Prairie Creek Settlement
    PO Box 1208
    Lebanon, Missouri, 65536-1208
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Except for attending regular scheduled meetings, visitors need to make appointments a minimum of two weeks in advance if possible.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

No Risk Training Community

Community Description:

No-risk, Nondenominational, Faith-based Training Community

If you have several hundred thousand dollars to purchase the necessary land and equipment to establish a community, why risk it?

If you don’t have several hundred thousand dollars to establish a community, we will help you.

We are a training community for people who desire to live in community and/or those who desire to establish new communities.

We are called to establish faith-based, kibbutz-type rural and urban communities all the way from Canada throughout the US into Mexico and South America, Israel, and all the other nations.

We will train you and help you find and train a core group of like-minded people whom you will have the opportunity to spend thirty-six to forty-eight months with prior to risking your personal property or the funds necessary to purchase housing, land, and equipment.

If you qualify, you will have the option of staying at Prairie Creek Settlement, or we will help you find land and build a community.

If you already have land, we will train you in community development and help you find and train a core group of like-minded people you know you can get along with, prior to risking further expenses and the turmoil normally associated with establishing a new community. You can also become a “PCS Sister Community” if you desire; however, that is not mandatory.

The Congregation of Acts, Prairie Creek Settlement, Lebanon, Missouri, location is setting up an old-west homestead, 1800s frontier-type, faith-based community.

This is an agricultural, training, and tourist community located on 120 acres that adjoins thousands of acres of National Forest in central Missouri.

The Community is being established as a self-supporting, self-sustaining sanctuary community for those who are being called out of the world and the world system into community.

We offer a no-risk thirty-six to forty-eight month Discipleship/Internship Training Program that allows people to come in and actually do hands-on community building and experience the everyday reality of living in community before they risk the purchase of land or their personal property, and/or go through all the trial and error of finding reliable and compatible people to join with them in community.

This involves both the spiritual and the physical aspects of living a holy, “called-out,” “set-apart” life in community.

We will assist in obtaining land for rural communities and housing for urban communities.


  • Adult Members: 23
  • Child Members: 11
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: It is our desire to go back to the ancient Hebraic/Jewish Roots of the Original Faith taught by Yahushua haMashiach, (Jesus the Messiah) and His Apostles. We seek Biblical based truth above all else.

    Hebraic/Jewish Roots of Christianity.

    Home schooling is encouraged.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: All community members are given the opportunity to state their opinions. Elders make decisions with the community Leader giving final approval.

    Elders make decisions with the community Leader giving final approval.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 120 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 10
  • Additional Comments: We join thousands of acres of National Forest.

    Land is owned by the community developer.

    There are ten now. See housing information above.

    Some cohousing, some shared housing, some individual housing.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Everyone is expected to contribute to the community based upon their ability and their desires as agreed to prior to moving on the property.

    We encourage all parties to become debt free as soon as possible and we will help them do so.

    Assigned tasks are based upon community needs, desires, interest, knowledge, training, expertise, ability and age of each individual.

    Applicants may however need to pay for a background check if applicable.

    Dependent upon circumstances and as agreed to prior to moving on the property.


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Kosher
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Members share some or all meals – some meals shared community-wide, some group-shared, and others taken privately depending upon the situation.

    We want to grow as much of our food needs as is possible as soon as possible.

    Biblical based diet, no unclean items like pork, etc.

    We encourage eating healthy, Kosher meals. Vegetarian, vegan, raw is fine for those who want that type of diet.

    Except for services, any other use is discouraged. Abuse is not allowed.

    Tobacco use is discouraged. Smoking in community housing, buildings, closed spaces or near non-smokers is prohibited. Smokers are encouraged to stop smoking.

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Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).

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.