Learn about The Well: A student intentional Christian residential, missional community, housing eight students in Lincoln, Canterbury.





In chapter 4 of John’s gospel, we read the story of the Samaritan woman encountering Jesus at the well. As they converse, Jesus says to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water  welling up to eternal life.”

Thanks to God and the generosity of His people, a section of land right opposite Lincoln University was purchased in 2018. In 2019 & 202 design work and consents were completed. In 2021 construction occurred. Then in 2022 the first residents moved in.
The community is called The Well as a reference to John chapter 4, to tie in with the location being on Springs Road, and as a reminder for residents to drink deeply from the well of Living Water, Jesus Himself.
The woman who met Jesus at the well in John 4 left transformed. It’s our prayer that many men and women will continue to meet Jesus at The Well in Lincoln, be transformed, and for their peers to be changed by Jesus also.

Our ongoing prayer in establishing a residential, missional community, is to house Lincoln students each year seeking to encourage such encounters with Jesus. Our desire is to see students cultivate an undivided life, wholeheartedly living for Jesus in every area of life. We believe that The Well can be a true witness of Christ through hospitality, outreach and building community, and that it might ultimately be life-changing for generations to come.

We’re grateful to God for so much, and are excited to see this venture continue. If you would like to give a one-off or recurring gift to help repay loans on the building, please click on the button below. The Well is a kingdom opportunity with an ongoing financial return for greater kingdom growth. By donating to The Well, you can partner in this work, helping to see more students come to Christ and be transformed.

If you would like to be involved in the next decades of student mission in Lincoln, or would like more information, our Lincoln Team Leader Chris Hay would love to hear from you ( Please pray for those living in The Well as they live for Jesus and speak for Jesus together.