Vista House models Christian hospitality, community, and the arts in a way seldom attempted in secular university settings.
Vista House, a 5 bedroom home set on 8.5 acres of land, provides an inviting space where 6-8 students live in intentional Christian community in a life shaped by prayer, hospitality, and service. Their commitment to forming a welcoming Christian community 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.
Many students who have participated in the Christian community of Vista House go on to lives of service by working in church related ministries, poverty related ministries or other international Christian humanitarian organizations like the International Justice Mission. Although the number of annual residents at Vista House is small, the positive collateral impact is global in scope.
Like the ‘Forum’, Vista House appeals to those who long to explore the breadth and depth of the “whole” Gospel of Jesus Christ. Vista House provides a unique and non-threatening sacred space for engaging in the habits and practices of authentic Christian community. We seek to provide a corrective to one-dimensional versions of Christianity by offering a Christian community committed to a more holistic approach and known for its thoughtful, open and humble spirit. In so doing we believe we have discovered or rather rediscovered an effective context for fostering faithful disciples.
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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)