I’m telling you, there is a growing conversation and movement taking place in Christianity. And it is this return to urban renewal, communal living, and a monastic lifestyle. Not one that is done in solitude, but in community. This concept is the cover story in the new Christianity Today issue, “The New Monasticism: A fresh crop of Christian communities is blossoming in blighted urban settings all over America.”


I am beginning to ask myself questions that I have never thought about as well. Like, how do my wife and I, live intentionally, and missionally in our new neighborhood? What is our role in that community? That seems like a good place to start. Instead of leaving, and retreating to some other place to live missionally, maybe we have been called there.

In fact, I think I am already beginning to see a shift in the ministry I oversee, as more and more students are having questions about community, and how they can live more intentional lives.