Thursday, May 31, 2012

The New Marks of Monasticism

[Below this Article you will find the 12 New Marks of Monasticism]

As New Monasticism takes root in our nation and around the world, many believers still lack a clear understanding about this ancient-future movement.  Thanks to pioneers like Robert Webber, Mike Bickle, Pete Greig, George Hunter, Thomas Oden, Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and many others, New Monasticism has been given some language to help define the current move of the Holy Spirit to transform the Bride of Christ on earth into a living and breathing organism reminiscent of the early Church.

It was Dietrich Bonhoffer who said, that “The restoration of the Church will surely come from a new kind of monasticism, which will have nothing in common with the old but a life of uncompromising adherence to the Sermon on the Mount in the imitation of Christ.  I believe the time has come to rally people together for this.” In other words, Bonhoffer saw that in order for true unity, renewal and power to return to the Church, something new out of the old must come forth. Bonhoffer echoes Jesus’ prophetic declaration in Matthew 13:52: “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”