Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

Carl McColman writes:

Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy (and to a lesser extent, the Anglicans and Lutherans) have long recognized that intentional community — in the form of monasteries, convents, and friaries — form just as essential a part of the larger Church as do local congregations or regional adjudicatory bodies like dioceses or conferences. Sadly, because of widespread problems and corruption within monastic culture at the time, most of the sixteenth-century reformers felt the church would be better off without monasteries. How ironic, therefore, that the twentieth century Evangelical world spawned a vibrant, if marginal, “neo-monastic” movement of intentional communities of faith, that often bear little or no external resemblance to “classic” monasteries — no mandatory celibacy, no chanted liturgy, no cloister or custom of silence — but that do provide a meaningful location for Christians who seek a communal expression of their faith, one that finds expression in terms of missional outreach, often to the most vulnerable members of society.

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/2014/08/mainline-neo-monasticism/#ixzz3BNdIUb4A

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