The Intentional Christian Community Handbook
For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus
by David Janzen
"This is a book for people who long for community and for people who've found it; for young seekers and for old radicals. It's a book we've needed for a long, long time..."
—Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, co-authors of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
In the 21st century, spirit-energized people of all ages are searching for a new (yet ancient) way of life together. Read about a new book that captures these stories.
Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
"Hope is springing up, not in one mighty trunk, but in thousands of shoots."
"We love to judge others by their worst behavior and ourselves by our highest ideals."
In this exclusive interview, Janzen -- a friend of the New Monasticism movement with four decades of personal communal experience -- shares some wisdom gleaned from researching his new book.
A new book and a new support community aims to nurture and resource intentional spiritual communities across the country.
I appreciate that Franzen talks about the real challenges of community life and shares stories of failure (alongside many wonderful stories of success).
In the past, when approached by young Christians wanting advice on moving into or starting Christian community, I've usually tried to dissuade them. Now I'll tell them to read David Janzen's book.
This book is strange. Really. Strange like Shane Claiborne. Strange in the best sense of the word.
Janzen has me thinking long and hard about what it means to do life together with other Christians.
We yearn to belong, I mean really belong. When the Body of Christ does this well, we’re better than cookies right out of the oven.
Janzen takes issue with the modern idea of watered-down, milquetoast community. And I have to say, he has a point. The trouble is I'm not sure his solutions don't cause more problems than they purport to solve.