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Old Monastic Wisdom for New Monastic People

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Here are some resources on Christian monasticism(s) both old and new that might be interesting for people exploring this topic.

What is Monasticism: A Few Reflections

A Collection of Rules, Constitutions, Covenants and Such from Monastic Communities and Other Similar Groups

Missional Forms of Life: An Exploration

Getting Away to It All: The Place of Withdrawal in Fourth-Century Monasticism and Postmodern Christianity

Evangelical Vision, Eremitical Tradition Part I: The Pursuit of True Religion in Fourth Century Monastic and Related Expressions

Spiritual Formation and Elitism: Reflections on Early Councils and Contemporary Practice

The Canons and Canonesses Regular and Their Relevance to the Ministries of Large, Multi-Staff Congregations Today: Reflections on “Monasticisms” Old and New

Strengthening One Another: A Contemporary Appropriation of the Chapter of Faults (and Affirmations)

Dying to Live: Reflections on  Asceticism, Spiritual Disciplines and Everyday Life – Part One: Asceticism Summarized

Dying to Live: Reflections on Asceticism, Spiritual Disciplines and Everyday Life – Part Two: Asceticism Applied

Introducing New Monasticism

What Do We Call IT?: New Monasticism and the Vocabulary of Religious Life

Discipleship in a Postmodern World: Lessons from a Premodern Era

Advancing the Gospel Together: Reflections on Missional Orders and Other Religious Associations, Old and New

Video Lecture Series: Monasticism(s) Old and New

For resources to help you write your own Rule of Life, scroll down to the “Rules of Life” section of my Resources for Christian Living page.

For some networking links to groups exploring the connections between higher education student life and intentional community click here.


“New Monastic Retrieval and Reformation Evaluation: A Few Reflections.” Here is the audio recording of a talk I gave for the Webber Center’s Ancient Evangelical Future Conference, 2017 (just scroll down to Session 3).

Mission in Early Monasticism: A Presentation Given at the InnerCHANGE 2012 Conference

“Evagrius of Pontus: The Desert Father’s Approach to Spiritual Formation” – A Renovare Conversation I presented in 2012

Part One: Life
In this part, I present “Evagrius of Pontus: The Movie”

Part Two: Thought
In this part, I talk about the desert tradition’s approach to formation, using Evagrius as a case in point.

Part Three: Practice
In this part, I use what I have already presented regarding Evagrius and the desert tradition to give some suggestions regarding how we might fruitfully approach our own intentional growth in the Christian life today.