Founded in 2003, Vista House is an inviting space where Furman University students live in intentional Christian community in a life shaped by prayer, hospitality, and service. Vista House residents share a commitment to cultivating welcoming Christian community which extends outwards towards guests who come to engage in conversation, partake of biweekly meals, tend the organic garden, play in folk and bluegrass sessions, or who spend a few days in our guest rooms in personal retreat.
Each summer, Vista House becomes the home for the Servant Scholars program, an innovative summer internship experience that integrates service, learning, and living. The program aims to shape the character, faith, and vocational discernment of high-potential students through an intense experience of servant leadership linked with life in an intentional community.
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“Much like the myriad cozy meals we shared together, my overall experience at the Vista House served as a foretaste of community life together in God’s kingdom. We engaged in authentic communal life for that year, but more importantly we became oriented to the convivial values that emerge from a shared life, in hopes that we might bear them with us to our future places.”
Michael Short (‘11)
“The relationships from and experience of the Vista house extend beyond time and place and become a part of your lifetime community. Even those who lived at the house at a different time become a part of your extended community by simple default that they also experienced life in this place. Living in intentional community demands that you come to know yourself better, and thus, those living with you come to know you better than anyone else ever has. It is a great gift to have found a second home, and a second family.”
Becca Shelton (‘12)
“Before the Vista House, my interactions with other traditions were intellectual: debating, discussing, disseminating. But at the Vista House, intimacy was unavoidable, and I could no longer think of these people as in a different category from myself. We were Christians, and there were differences, but those differences didn’t seem nearly as important as our similarities.”
Walker Pfost (‘08)