Plow Creek

Tiskilwa, Illinois, United States

Disbanded Community
  • Last updated: December 19, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: October 28, 2004

Mission Statement

Be Faithful to Jesus

Community Description

We are an intentional Christian community, associated with the Mennonite Church. Located in rural Illinois, we are part of Shalom Mission Communities, with involvement especially in Central America. We welcome those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord of their lives and wish to share in our life together as a part of discipleship.

Values of mutual respect, justice, compassion for the poor, fidelity in marriage, and pacifism form the core of our life together. Hospitality and being connected with other cultures through personal relationships are also important in our shared life.

Some of our members work at a variety of jobs in the larger community, while others help in the farming, growing fruits and vegetables using methods that are environmentally friendly.

As a church we have both communal and noncommunal members. The Fellowship is the communal part and has 10 adults and 2 kids. The noncommunal church members include 4 adults and 2 children. Another family living here is active, but has not chosen membership and another family moving here in the spring. (Numbers as of January 2014.)

For further information, please contact Louise Stahnke.



  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 189 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 7
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 22
  • Child Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Check our website first if you can. Email, call, or write. Let us know something about yourself (and family, if applicable) and why you desire to visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Contact, visit, stay awhile, membership class, agree with membership commitments

  • Additional Comments:

    Our path is the way of Jesus

    Anabaptist: Peace Christian — fairly diverse in theology


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Leadership team and officers. We seek consensus. Supermajority of 75% if consensus not reached


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $325
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Two types of membership; with 100%, or without formal financial sharing (pays rent, dues, anonymous offering)

    5 to 10 hours a month

    Those not in full financial sharing are expected to contribute, tithing suggested but no specific amount required.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Biofuel, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Most eat a healthier than average US diet, but currently no fanatics

    Vegetarians respected; vegetarian food available at common meals.

    Many abstain from alcohol for religious reasons, but accept those who drink in moderation. Drunkenness forbidden.

    No smoking in buildings, or where non-smokers are breathing.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian, Protestant, Mennonite
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

With God’s help, Plow Creek Fellowship, a Christian intentional community, seeks to be a global village sharing God’s message of reconciliation and practicing the peace and love of Jesus. Our worship and community life, common work, and structures support this call and mission. One particular “structure,” our common Rule of Life, will help us live out our calling to share the message of reconciliation and walk in peace and love.

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Community Affiliations

Reba Place Fellowship

Fair Housing Laws

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