Some Protestants are calling for a “new monasticism,” the establishment of communities and religious orders devoted to prayer and the spiritual life.
This movement first manifested itself among “progressives,” featuring a big dose of leftist political activism and being reminiscent, really, of the Christian “communes” of the 1960s. See The Twelve Marks of a New Monasticism.
But now, though the “new monasticism” is associated with the Emergents, some of its adherents are getting in touch with the serious business of what monks and nuns do: Praying the “hours,” the liturgies of the “daily offices” held every three hours around the clock, and cultivating spiritual disciplines such as celibacy. See Clifton Stringer’s Monky business: Church growth and/or new monasticism.