VISION: To establish and support continued cross-class, missional, and intentional Christian community, rooted in InterVarsity and housed in the apartments at 132 Chancellor St.
MISSION: To grow together as a community of Christian men through fellowship, discipleship, and accountability; to be a blessing to our neighbors, including the Center for Christian Study and Chancellor St. residents; and to be a community-building resource for the entire IV chapter.
- This is a cross-class community, for two reasons:
- Discipleship — we learn by sharing stories, experiences, and wisdom with each other.
- Continuity — only a third of the residents graduate in any given year, which helps preserve the community’s core values over time.
- This is a missional community. This means:
- It doesn’t exist for its own sake; it exists to be a light and a blessing to our neighbors, to offer an alternative vision of what male community can look like in college and to invite others to experience that.
- It is not an exclusive or elite clique; it's a tight but welcoming community. We seek closeness with each other in order to enhance our relationships with those outside the community, not crowd them out. We build tight community for the purpose of inviting others to experience the fellowship we have with each other and with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3).
- Our doors remain open whenever possible.
- This is an intentional community. This means:
- We hold each other to a high standard of behavior and spiritual discipline as leaders and role models in the Christian community. We strive to be “above reproach” (1 Tim 3), to be “united in mind and thought” (1 Cor 1:10), and to “live such good lives among the Gentiles that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God" (1 Pet 2:12).
- Residents are committed followers of Christ seeking to grow in spiritual maturity, and have committed to involvement in one of the chapters of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UVA. All are willing to submit to the core values and vision of the house.
- Proximity can facilitate community, but it won't accomplish it for you. We make an effort to step out and spend time with people we wouldn’t otherwise be in community with.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 1:10
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
1 John 1:1-4
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
1 Timothy 3:2
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
1 Peter 2:11-12