Community life gives us daily opportunities to put our beliefs into action. Everyone, regardless of ability or background, has something to contribute.
Bruderhof members take lifetime vows of obedience and poverty. Anyone who wishes to become a member gives away his or her property before joining, and contributes his or her talents to stand on an equal footing with all brothers and sisters.
We believe that families are the basis of a healthy society, and see marriage as a lifelong, sacred commitment between one man and one woman. Parents have the primary responsibility to raise their children, although the community provides childcare and schooling from an early age.
Children in our communities are expected to become responsible citizens who will contribute to society, whatever their path in life. Young adults are encouraged to gain experience elsewhere and to seek God’s will for their own lives. The step of lifetime commitment to the service of Jesus Christ in community must be a personal calling and an informed adult decision.
Elderly and disabled people are cared for within the community, joining communal activities and work as much as they are able.