Here at the outset of 2020, it seems that a good deal of my energy this year will be devoted to several projects focused on helping churches deepen their congregational life …
As I’ve been preparing for these projects, I’ve compiled this reading list on some of the most essential thinkers who guide us into the work of deepening our congregational life together in our local churches. I chosen to focus on authors/thinkers rather than books because most of these authors have written more than one relevant book.
As a Benedictine sister, Joan Chittister has written much on the relevance of that tradition to cultivating Christian community today. Of special note is her book:
oan Chittister shows that the Rule of Benedict is designed for ordinary people who live ordinary lives. Written to provide a model of spiritual development for the average person who intends to live life beyond the superficial or the uncaring.
Wise and enduring spiritual guidelines for everyday living –– as relevant today as when The Rule was originally conceived by St. Benedict in fifth century Rome.
“An invitation to spirituality for the many who don’t think they are ‘spiritual’ – but far more than an invitation, a lengthy, wisdom-filled conversation.” – Eugene H. Peterson, author of Answering God