Rose Creek Village

Last updated: November 22, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Rose Creek Village

(Selmer, Tennessee, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1989
  • Start Living Together: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Dave Copenhaver
  • Phone: 731-645-9833
  • Address:
    Rose Creek Village
    PO Box 307
    Selmer, Tennessee, 38375-5353
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    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.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Follow Christ by his Spirit

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 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 twenty years. Many more men, women, and children have joined them, 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.


  • Adult Members: 175
  • Child Members: 150
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • 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.

Social Factors

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


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • 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.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 90 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 17
  • Additional Comments: With some exceptions, we live 2 or 3 families to a house, singles living with families

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: We have a work day together most Saturdays

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



  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: Each house eats all meals together, however.

    We strongly encourage healthy eating habits

    Drunkenness is forbidden


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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
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