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Rose Creek Village

Last updated: January 29, 2016 (6 months ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Rose Creek Village

(Selmer, Tennessee, United States)

Mission Statement:

Follow Christ by his Spirit and love one another as He loves us.

Community Description:

Rose Creek Village, nestled among the rolling, wooded hills of west Tennessee, is home to an astonishing experiment in corporate living, with breathtaking results.

Can Americans get along? Can they give up their private dreams and goals and live for others? It was the claim of Jesus Christ that those who embrace his teachings, his Gospel, and his Life would be recognized by their enthusiastic love and togetherness. “Everyone will know you are my disciples by your love for one another,” he said.

Twenty five years ago a few men wondered if these things were true, and they gave themselves to God to find out. Many things have changed over those years. Many more men, women, and children have joined them, some have gone away, and we have had to learn both our weaknesses and God’s provision. We are still changing and learning, but we can now say unequivocally that the claims Jesus Christ made 2,000 years ago are true even in 21st century America.

We invite you to come and see the work God has done. We have found his Life to be a joyful one. We have learned that people are made to live as friends, caring for and serving one another. We have learned that children raised in such an environment are free, creative, daring, reliable, and filled with joy. While America has seen its share of communes filled with loose living and bizarre cults created by controlling religious fanatics, we have been told repeatedly that one look at our children at play is enough to prove this is not so at Rose Creek Village.

“And they steadfastly continued in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship and in breaking of bread and prayers. Every soul felt a sense of awe…all the believers were together, and they had everything in common… They broke bread from house to house, and they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with everyone.”

It is this beautiful picture that first captivated our hearts. We have had the delight to see it come into reality in our daily lives. Though we are human and we face the same struggles that others face, none of us ever struggles alone. The grace of God is very real to us, and the harmony we experience is only because of his presence among us.

You can learn more about us at our website. We are not extraordinary people—we are very real, ordinary people who had nothing good to offer God, but who have been carried along by him into this amazing life we call Rose Creek Village.

About

  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 90 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 17
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: With some exceptions, we live 2 or 3 families to a house, singles living with families

Membership

  • Adult Members: 75
  • Child Members: 35
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please give us at least several days’ notice that you are coming. We can usually make arrangements for you to stay at the village. Our whole village has a family atmosphere, so visits are handled somewhat informally. We will arrange for someone to meet you and give you a tour and introductions.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Please refer to our website at http://rosecreekvillage.com/join.php
  • Additional Comments: The purpose of being together is to zealously pursue Jesus Christ

    Christian, based on a corporate submission to Christ through his Spirit and a focus on love.

Government

  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Some major or difficult decisions are handled by all the men together.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $600
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 8
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have a work day together most Saturdays

    Weekly contribution to house payments, maintenance, and support of single mothers

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Each house eats all meals together, however they see fit.

    We strongly encourage healthy eating habits

    Drunkenness is forbidden

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: We encourage healthy diet and exercise

    Individuals can select medical providers and facilities of their choice

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Our community is a Christian community open to receiving others for consideration of joining us. Please read our statement of faith and guidelines for joining our community at http://www.rosecreekvillage.com/what-we-believe.php

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Keywords

Christian, Yashua, Jesus, Rural

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.