New Monasticism: What it Has to Say to Today's Church

Book, 2008, 147 pp
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"It's hard to be a Christian in America," writes Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a leader in the new monasticism movement in America, a growing group of committed Christians who are living lives of radical discipleship. However, the movement doesn't mirror traditional monasteries--many members are married with children and have careers, yet they live differently, often in community in once-abandoned sections of society.

Wilson-Hartgrove founded a new monastic community and works with an alternative theological collaborative. In this book, he takes readers inside new monasticism, tracing its roots through scripture and history and illuminating its impact on the contemporary church. He identifies the key tenets of new monasticism, including:
  • How monasticism is the oldest form of counter-culture in the West
  • God's alternative economy and financial practices for church
  • Hospitality and active peacemaking
  • A model for grassroots ecumenism
  • What the church offers new monasticism: stability, diversity, and structure
"Monasticism isn't about achieving some sort of individual or communal piety. It's about helping the church be the church," Wilson-Hartgrove writes. A must-read for new monastics or those considering joining the movement, this book will also appeal to 20- and 30-somethings, pastors, leaders, and those interested in the emerging church.
TypePrint
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
PublisherBaker Publishing Group
ISBN9781587432248

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