July 25, 2006

Monastic Spiritual Formation

Leadership Blog: Out of Ur: Spiritual Formation: we’ve already got a proven model, but do we want it?: "Recently friends from a major publisher of Sunday school curriculum called me. They were researching trends in spiritual formation, they said, and they thought I might help them.

After a few warm-up questions, they got to the heart of the matter: “What would you recommend for spiritual formation in our time?”

“The monastery,” I said.

There was a long pause.

“I’m serious,” I said."

I think Kevin Miller is on to something. There is something about doing life with other people and adhering to coporate disciplines. The responses are quite interesting, but the article is worth consideration.

I like his primary question:

"What would happen to your life if you lived in close geographical community and relationship with other people; if you lived in submission to authority; if you practiced silence and simplicity and discipline; if you regularly read the Bible and prayed and meditated on what you read; if you made study part of your life; and if you worked hard in some daily occupation, seeing your labor as full of dignity and offering it to God?"

I think the simple answer is that the world would be changed.

1 comment:

  1. I think that's what John Wesley had in mind. He was bringing the monastery to the everyday ordinary life of people.

    Great to find you on the web man. I'd love to get an update.