Twelve Tribes Community in Vista

Vista, California, United States

  • Last updated: October 14, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: March 14, 2005

Mission Statement

Bring God’s kingdom on earth

Community Description

Welcome to the beehive! The Community in Vista is bustling with activity round the clock these days, as the focus and heartbeat of our community is our 24-hour Yellow Deli in downtown Vista. That’s the best place to find us during the week. The Yellow Deli has become very popular in North San Diego County since we opened on Valentine’s Day in 2010. People from all walks of life, every nationality, and all ages come and enjoy our steamed sandwiches, fresh salads and delicious deserts, all made with love.

There is nothing on earth quite like the Yellow Deli. It is a place where we can all work together on common ground. Every person and position is vitally necessary. What would we do without the dishwasher, or sandwich maker, or the bakers, or the drink-bar girl, or the host? It is like our human body, where every member is vitally important. This is the essence of our life together in the Community — the Body of Messiah — everyone is necessary and needed in every way. No one is overlooked or unimportant. This is where we come to know the love of God, through our brothers and sisters, as we all give all we have to love and care for one another and for those who come to visit our homes and our delis.

One of our homes is actually another little beehive of activity — this is where we home school our children. We have the most wonderful devoted teachers working together to invest in our precious children. We have a pretty thorough curriculum that we have developed over the years, which seems to challenge and stimulate our children causing them to learn and grow.

The high point of our life is our morning and evening gatherings, where we all gather in a circle and share our hearts, songs, dancing and prayers. Afterwards, we share a meal together with gladness and sincerity of heart. On Friday afternoon, we close the deli at 3pm. Then we gather at 6pm in our homes for a special Sabbath Eve celebration. This is an especially wonderful time for people to come and get to know us, as we are all home and available for fellowship. There is always lots of good sharing of hearts, a special meal, and festive dancing. We would be very honored for you to come!

Child Rearing Practice of the Twelve Tribes Communities

We train our children according to the Word of God as recorded in the Bible. Part of this training is correcting our little ones for errant behavior. Setting boundaries for our children is an integral part of building good character into them at a young age. Loving protection for children is of supreme importance to us. We do not tolerate violence or abuse, whether physical, psychological, or verbal, nor do we condone disrespectful or rebellious behavior. We believe it is the God-given right and responsibility of parents to discipline their children if they are disobedient or disrespectful to parental guidance.

God is love. He loves children and His word is clear on what it means to love your child as Proverbs 13:24 says: “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” Proverbs 23:13-14 makes it clear that spanking is an act of love to save your children from the destruction of their souls, and restore them to the way they should go. “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod ... you will save his soul from destruction.” And Proverbs 22:6 states that if you “train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.”

The Bible does not describe the rod itself, but surely God did not intend something that would damage a child. We use a thin, reed-like rod, which stings but causes no damage or injury. We have purposefully chosen this method, inspired by God’s love, as part of our child rearing practices because His Word commands us. We see the good fruit in our children, which is recognized all over the world, even by those who don’t understand it.

Because we love our children, we discipline them only for attitudes and actions they know to be wrong, and only after the child admits to wrongdoing and is willing to receive discipline. Godly discipline is always followed by forgiveness, reconciliation, and encouragement.

For a fuller statement about our thinking about Child Discipline, please visit:

Publisher’s Note: FIC has a policy of not listing communities in our Directory that advocate violent practices, and there is controversy over whether the Twelve Tribes Child Discipline practice crosses that line. While we are convinced of the sincerity of their belief that their practice is not violent, we are also aware of visitors and ex-members who hold that it is. In recognition of this controversy, the Twelve Tribes leadership agreed to have this note referenced as a regular part of each community’s listing, so that users of the Directory could be more fully informed and make their own decision about this important matter.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 1972
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Mevaser
  • Phone: 760-295-3852
  • Address:
    2683 Foothill Drive
    Vista, California, 92084
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization


  • Area: 4 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 60
  • Child Members: 25
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Give us a call, or write, or just drop by.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We get to know one another and over time it becomes evident if we’re able to live together in harmony…

  • Additional Comments:

    We follow the life and teachings of Yahshua, the Messiah


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We are learning to recognize the grace and wisdom in each person, all are able to speak from the Spirit who leads us


  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We share all we have

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, up to 90%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Twelve Tribes

Community Affiliations

Twelve Tribes Gemeinschaft in Klosterzimmern, Twelve Tribes Comunidade de Londrina, Twelve Tribes Community on the Lake of the Ozarks, Twelve Tribes Community in Winnipeg, Twelve Tribes Community in Rutland, Twelve Tribes Community in Nelson, Twelve Tribes Community in Manitou Springs, CO, Twelve Tribes Communauté de Sus, Twelve Tribes

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