The Challenge House concept is based on the premise that some men and women have mission-hearts, but prefer to live out their faith dealing with the problems here in our own country.
The primary goal is to link the lives of the children, adults and families living in the inner-city with Neighborhood Ambassadors who reside in a Challenge House. It’s all about “love thy neighbor!” With the idea of Hull-House as an inspiration, and with the “relocation” so stressed by the CCDA, the concept of the Challenge House Movement was born. Learn more about the history behind the Hull-House here.
Have an idea, or see a need in your community? Let us know here.
Check out some previous ways we’ve extended our resources for the betterment of our local neighborhoods:
- Christian Hospitality
- After-school Tutoring
- Hosting for Scout Troops
- Youth employment
- Family counseling
- Fatherhood Initiatives
- Parenting Classes
- Money Management Courses
- GED Classes
- College Student Involvement
- Interview Prep
- Tutoring for Employment Testing
- Job Training
- Leadership Development
- Computer Training
- Jail or Prison Aftercare
- Housing Rehabilitation
- Hosting for AA and NA Meetings
- Access to resources for medical, mental or dental health
- Public Health and Nutrition
- Gardening Clubs
- Book Clubs
- Bible Clubs
Want to get involved? Check out ways you can help our mission here.
We are a “relocation” ministry, one where we move into an economically “challenged” neighborhood and love, listen, learn—and we are a ministry of welcome and hospitality; making room and making time for those divine interruptions that are just waiting to bless others, and us too. We are a ministry of story. We occupy Challenge Houses, and among other things, help build a thirst for lifelong learning, a faith that transforms behavior, a mindset of work-over-welfare.
We move out of our comfort zones and depend on Christ in us, the hope of glory. We don’t fix people or neighborhoods, we do pull together toward building the Kingdom! We read Nehemiah, and see that rubble can become strong, that neighborhoods and cities CAN change from dismal to hopeful! We “relocate” into Houses ready to move into, or Challenge Houses, then we live simple and intentional lives, powered by the Holy Spirit.