Mission, Vision, and Purpose

Welcome To Challenge House

Together We Are StrongerThe 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 and adults living in the inner-city with the lives of men and women of resource. Without daily interaction from men and women who have achieved a measure of success in their lives, most inner-city residents will not have a sustainable support system to help them improve their neighborhood and lifestyle. 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. The mostly dilapidated houses within our inner-city are acquired and renovated with a variety of volunteer and paid labor. The Houses remain as community resources to be occupied by persons who stress Christian faith, hope, courage, and education.

What is Challenge House

Working with city, county, inner-city organization, and its neighborhood networks/associations, we work to restore inner-city homes to their former glory, and upon completion of each Challenge House, our goal is to “plant” a person(s) into the Challenge House who will purposefully agree to live there for one main reason – to impact the neighborhood for good. The men/women who occupy the Houses will be of faith and courage. The ultimate goal of Challenge Houses is to make it easy for persons to live out their faith with an under-resourced neighborhood, and while there to share not only their Christ-centered reason for relocating, but to also help connect kids and adults to opportunities of education, employment, and life skills.
Christian hospitality – neighbor to neighbor. At its core, this concept is about local missions becoming more like foreign missions, where the missionary lives close to the people. It’s all about building relationships, as part of a holistic effort to spread the Good News. Additionally, this effort seeks to better connect local churches to the poor of a community, in ways beyond soup kitchens, homeless shelters, clothes closets and crisis relief centers. We want to see people’s lives stabilized and revitalized prior to the need for the above. This makes sense! All across this land Christians are “relocating.” It’s a different way to fight poverty. It has Peace Corps likings, but it’s all domestic, and it’s all founded on the Way.
The ultimate goal of Challenge Houses is to make it easy for persons, couples, and families to live out their faith within an under-resourced neighborhood, and while there, to share not only their Christ-centered reason for relocating, but to also help connect kids and adults to opportunities of education, employment, and life skills.