A Guide Book for Neo-Monastics and Other Intentional Christians

In the foreword to The Intentional Christian Community Handbook, Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove write, “This is a book that we’ve needed for a long, long time.” [Read more…]

Unlearning the Old Ways of Doing Mission

My friends Helms and Greg Jarrell are founders of a neo-monastic community in Charlotte, North Carolina, called Hyaets (or in Hebrew `eits-chayim, tree of life), and they recently wrote a nice short piece for the Associated Baptist Press on “Changing perspectives about mission.” The old way of doing mission (particularly short-term mission projects), they explain, [Read More…]

Missional Church Conversation … On TBN?

Did you know that Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne have their own TV show … on TBN?!? That’s right. “Red Letter Christianity” airs Mondays at 9:00pm EST, Tuesdays at 2:30am EST, and Fridays at 12:30pm EST, although you can watch a lot of previous episodes online. I think Tony looks a little more comfortable on [Read More…]

How To: Start a Neo-Monastic Community

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a leading voice and practitioner in the new monasticism stream of the emerging missional church. Elsewhere here on Patheos today, he shared this simple advice on how to create a new neo-monastic community: “You can learn about community elsewhere. But you can only make it happen — you can only ever have [Read More…]