12 marks of “new monasticism”

  1. Relocation to the abandoned places of Empire.
  2. Sharing economic resources with fellow community members and the needy among us.
  3. Hospitality to the stranger
  4. Lament for racial divisions within the church and our communities combined with the active pursuit of a just reconciliation.
  5. Humble submission to Christ’s body, the church.
  6. Intentional formation in the way of Christ and the rule of the community along the lines of the old novitiate.
  7. Nurturing common life among members of intentional community.
  8. Support for celibate singles alongside monogamous married couples and their children.
  9. Geographical proximity to community members who share a common rule of life.
  10. Care for the plot of God’s earth given to us along with support of our local economies.
  11. Peacemaking in the midst of violence and conflict resolution within communities along the lines of Matthew 18.
  12. Commitment to a disciplined contemplative life.

(Source: “12 Marks of a New Monasticism“)


7 responses to this post.

  1. it sounds like you could do this without really knowing Christ at all…


  2. Posted by Steve on April 21, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    explain, miller. looking back over them, my initial reaction to your statement is disagreement. but i will hear you out.


  3. OK, first i’m not trying to start any fights. second, i’m not questioning the validity of neomonasticism. third, i’m challenging the absence of a more pointed reference to a focus on intimacy with Christ.

    the first five don’t require any kind of heart level intimacy with Jesus nor do the last six. i would argue that its possible to perform #6 without it as well. Jesus alludes to the possibility in his remark “many will say to me on that day ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we…’ and i will reply to them ‘depart from me you evil doers, i never knew you” (pardon the inexact quote, its in Matt 25)

    i know, i know… i’m a nerd, but i can’t help it!




  4. Posted by Steve on April 21, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Yeah, you are a nerd, man. =)

    I see what you’re saying, but I’m still not buying it.

    Love ya, though!


  5. The Jesus bit is found in the cross on the right. I agree with Miller that these COULD be done without knowing Christ, but at the same time I think Christians pursuing this way of life would do so BECAUSE of their knowledge of Christ and their desire to grow in intimacy with him.

    (how’s that for riding the fence?)


  6. houston,

    you said “The Jesus bit is found in the cross on the right.

    the same could be said of any church in the world…

    so i think i find it a bit misleading to claim the cross indicates a Christ formed life.

    nerd shot #3




  7. Posted by Steve on April 22, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Methinks Houston’s comment about the cross was tongue-in-cheek, Miller =)

    (it’s actually a Benedictine cross … I did a Google search … hehe)

    It’s always dangerous to say things like this, but the “Christ-formed life” is kind of assumed in lists like this (though in this list, it is mentioned explicitly). Spiritual formation (into the likeness of Christ) has always been at the center of the monastic life … I think it’s straining gnats to call that into question here. IMHO.

    Still love ya, though … nerd. =)


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