Missional. Monastic. Mainline.: A Guide to Starting Missional Micro-Communities in Historically Mainline Traditions

Missional. Monastic. Mainline.: A Guide to Starting Missional Micro-Communities in Historically Mainline Traditions

by Elaine A. Heath

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Overview

Here is the long-awaited volume that provides both the theoretical foundations and practical guidance for developing new monastic and missional communities in contexts that are theologically progressive, racially and economically diverse, and multicultural. This book contains the wisdom and perspectives of people who live and serve in missional, new monastic communities in United Methodist and other mainline traditions, and it describes new forms of theological education that are emerging to resource a new generation of Christian leaders. Heath and Duggins challenge Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and other Christians to reach into their own robust, mainline heritage for resources to develop small, intentional communities that practice a rigorous life of prayer, hospitality, and justice.

"Missional monastic communities display the work of the Spirit in this day. This book is a thoughtful primer for the academy and church on the ongoing reformation we are experiencing. The authors offer permission and how-tos to embrace this missional energy in ecumenical community."
--Shelley Wickstrom, Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Alaska Synod

"In her teaching and writing, Elaine Heath has led pilgrims to thin places where the Holy Spirit pierces most, if not all, of our illusions. As denominations flatten and fragment, she and Larry Duggins have become evangelists for a 'tradition behind the tradition' and strategists for a future that is missional, monastic, and mainline. Many will find healing and hope in these pages!"
--Ken Carter, Bishop, United Methodist Church, Florida

Elaine A. Heath is the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is also the Director of the Academy for Missional Wisdom, a non-degree program that equips clergy and laity to start and lead missional and new monastic communities, and is a program of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. She is the author of The Mystic Way of Evangelism (2008), Naked Faith: The Mystical Theology of Phoebe Palmer (2009), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Communities (coauthored with Scott Kisker, 2010), We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2011), and The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God (2011).

Larry Duggins is Executive Pastor of Emerging Worship at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, and is the Executive Director of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. He is the author of Simple Harmony (2012).

Elaine and Larry are both ordained elders in the United Methodist Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620326244
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/30/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Elaine A. Heath is the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is also the Director of the Academy for Missional Wisdom, a non-degree program that equips clergy and laity to start and lead missional and new monastic communities, and is a program of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. She is the author of The Mystic Way of Evangelism (2008), Naked Faith: The Mystical Theology of Phoebe Palmer (2009), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Communities (coauthored with Scott Kisker, 2010), We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2011), and The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God (2011).

Larry Duggins is Executive Pastor of Emerging Worship at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, and is the Executive Director of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. He is the author of Simple Harmony (2012).

Elaine and Larry are both ordained elders in the United Methodist Church.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Why We Need Missional and New Monastic Communities in the Historically Mainline Church

1 How We Got Here 3

2 Can Progressive Christians Be Missional? 18

3 What Is New Monasticism in a Progressive Mainline Tradition? 32

4 Is This a Hostile Takeover of the Church? 40

5 Theological Education for a Missional Church 46

Part 2 A Field Guide to Starting Missional and New Monastic Communities in Historically Mainline Traditions

6 The Gift of Failure 61

7 Disciple Formation in Missional Communities 66

8 Gathering a Lead Team for a Missional Community 76

9 Preparing the Congregation to Anchor a Missional Community 87

10 Who, Where, Why, What, When (Forming a Residential Community) 99

11 The Role of the Abbot 112

Recommended Readings for Missional, New Monastic, and Emerging Contexts 121

Works Cited 133

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