Christian Intentional Community – A Reading List

October 25, 2018

 

Last weekend, we hosted the annual retreat of the Nurturing Communities Network (NCN) here at Englewood Christian Church.

 

NCN is

“an informal and growing network of Christ-centered intentional communities. Older established communities connect with novice communities for the purpose of learning from each other, encouragement and growing.  This happens through visits, regional and local gatherings, meals together, and many conversations.  The hope is mutual encouragement in Jesus’ way of simplicity, justice and peace.”

 

I was inspired by this retreat to compile the following list of books that offer diverse perspectives on life in Christian intentional community. (Some of these titles are recommended on the NCN Resource list.)
 
If you are curious about Christian intentional community, I encourage you to take a look at some of these books, and the NCN website.

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

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[easyazon_link identifier=”1597520551″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism[/easyazon_link]

Rutba House, Editors.

“This book invites us into a way of life that is simultaneously ancient and wonderfully new. By combining first-person accounts of the marks of Christ-formed communities with rich historical and biblical reflection, the various writers provide truthful and hope-filled descriptions of contemporary Christian community. Taking seriously the resources of the monastic tradition and the importance of preserving a relationship with
the wider church, the authors offer mature, wise, and gracious insight into the practices of faithful living. I heartily recommend this book to anyone yearning for evidence and promise of renewal in the church!”
–Christine D. Pohl

 

READ an excerpt of this book… 

 

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