CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY HOUSING
Finding housing in Boston can be tricky. Finding houses that match your personality even harder. Let the Cru Boston Alumni Community help you in your search.
One of the goals of the Cru Boston Alumni Community is to connect graduates with housing opportunities in the city.
We value the relationships that develop in community houses, and have compiled a list of places in the Greater Boston Area who want to do life together.
This map will alert you of vacancies in houses that have been verified as Christian communities.
If you have any questions about housing, or would like to include your house to the list, email Ben Pierce.
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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOUSES
What defines a community house?
We believe there are certain characteristics that shift a house from being a place of paid shelter/rooming situation to a purposeful, intentional community. These changes can be subtle or drastic. In this short document we want to provide guidance on what makes a community house and ways to potentially move your current situation closer towards community.
The main intention is sacrificial spiritual community
The existence of the house is to be the body of Christ as He has called us to be; the example of Acts 2:42-47 is one of the best Scriptural pictures. Devotion to the Trinity is the highest desire of each resident.
There is an agreed purpose
All members of a house agree upon a specific reason for the existence of a community. It can be either broad or specific. Examples:
- To encourage and challenge each other to grow in our relationships with Christ
- To be a place of hospitality for welcoming and gathering others
- For a specific field of industry like medicine, business, art, etc.
- Connected to a specific church to live out its mission
- A certain social justice issue: racial reconciliation, homelessness, education, etc
Willing to make the house a priority
Whoever is living together makes it a priority to be invested with time, money, and effort. Everyone is constantly looking for ways to better the community and actively pursues relationships with those in the house. Sacrifices are made to ensure the community is healthy.
Certain structures are put in place and agreed upon by residents
This can take the shape of many different aspects and will look different for each community and what is committed to by the residents. Some houses find it beneficial to have lots of structure while others find it restricting. The most important part is to all agree and stay committed to what is decided. Below are examples:
- House dinners (daily to once a week)
- Small groups within the house
- Accountability partners
- House retreat (yearly, twice a year, quarterly)
- House cleaning days
- Community service (weekly, monthly, occasionally)
Guidelines for dealing with conflict
Conflict will arise. There must be agreed upon ways to handle and confront conflict
This is the very basics of what we believe makes a house an intentional community. However, putting all these things in place, tangible and intangible, does not guarantee everything will go well. But what will often make a great community is staying unified through challenges.