Twelve Tribes Community in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Canada

  • Last updated: December 30, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Establish the Twelve Tribes

Community Description

The life of the first century church that began to sprout again over 30 years ago in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has put down roots here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our communal way of living is the result of obedience to the One who died and rose again to rescue mankind from their loneliness and bring them into a confederacy with a common cause. We knew in our hearts this was the only response befitting, that we would love one another as He has loved us.

Day after day we work together in our industries and households, learning the practical application of love. One of our industries here in Winnipeg is our machine shop. In this facility, we have built portable cafés for the many events we have catered to.

We also own a deli and bakery in Saint-Boniface, near downtown Winnipeg, called the Yellow Deli. It is a unique retreat from the city clamor, where people from all walks of life can enjoy the wholesome, organic food and peaceful atmosphere.

On the second floor above our deli, we import and distribute herbal tea called yerba maté ( in order to help our community in Brazil. The proceeds from our industries are used corporately to care for the needs of all. Although we live in the city, our two large houses are located in a quiet residential area of Winnipeg known as The Gates. About twenty-five minutes away from there, we also have a small farm called Little Mountain Farm, where we are learning to care for our animals and grow some of our own food.

In our homes we are busy and we take all our meals together. Our children are the focus of our life. They are taught at home with those who are gifted teachers to make sure they get the academic training they need.

Our community always enjoys visitors.

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: 1983
  • Start Living Together: 1983
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Qazaq
  • Phone: 204-786-8787
  • Community Address:
    89 East Gate Dr
    Winnipeg, R3C 2C2
  • Location


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Location: Urban


  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 40
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We are most delighted to receive visitors at anytime whether in our homes or in our industries. The hope we have received, and the healing we experience compels us to extend it to others. For the lonely, dissatisfied, or searching, there is a home in our midst and a family you can become a part of. Please call or visit us and we’ll be glad to share more in detail of the life we live.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Confederation
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    By a group of elders or other leaders. We take counsel, seek wisdom and hear from the least.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    100% income sharing. Members do not make indep income. They give ALL and the needs of each are met as community can best distribute resources our of love and trust.

    full time hours/month

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Twelve Tribes

Community Affiliations

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