Tom welcomes back Marshall to toss the idea of his house of 15 people becoming the next TikTok “Hype House,” Marshall’s father’s declining health in a nursing home during this coronavirus pandemic, and the process of acquiring furniture as adults. Tom also closes the episode with a little tribute to pastor and dynamic speaker, Sy Rogers, who passed away recently.
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I’ve been really enjoying this bite-sized episodes. They don’t compare to full episodes of course, but they’re a nice addition to the day.
Here’s a couple questions for Marshall: How does one find a community housing like yours? Is it similar to a covenant community? The concept of a “Protestant monastery” is appealing to me in many ways, as long as the members are able to truly live out the Great Commission and interact outside of the community as well.
Reed, I will attempt to answer your questions here.
How does one find a community housing like yours?
You and others reading this are welcome to talk or visit to find out more about our group. Just email me at [email protected]
My housemates and I found each other when several of us in a large church started meeting together several times a week to pray and worship God, independent of organized church programs. We wanted to experience God on a life transforming level that we did not see in our megachurch. Like minded people from other nearby churches joined us in our meetings and some of us decided to live together to grow in our love for God and to help others.
Is it similar to a covenant community?
It is similar in the sense that we are committed to help each other in our relationships with God while we live together. Anyone is free to disagree or leave, so there is no membership “covenant” other than the commitment any Christians should have to each other.
The concept of a “Protestant monastery” is appealing to me in many ways, as long as the members are able to truly live out the Great Commission and interact outside of the community as well.
We are definitely Protestant and Bible-based in our beliefs. Several of us intend to remain single long term, and possibly life long, but we have not taken an official church-sanctioned vow to do so. It is not exactly a monastery because many who intend to marry also live with us. Most of us are now part of a Wesleyan church with a pastor who is very supportive of what we are doing. All of us have outside jobs and do a lot to reach out to others outside our community.
Thank you Marshall! That’s so incredible. It’s amazing how God brings communities together.