Steve Taylor on Postmodern Monasteries

Steve Taylor, who will be publishing his paper on his DownUnderBlog really soon, makes some recommendations for “postmodern monasteries”.

• A physical space. I think it needs to be earthed somewhere. It becomes far more meaningful if relationships are physically shared.

• Develop a rhythm of prayer, a shared daily spirituality that ensures geeks do more than see the neon glow of my screen. They work within a rhythm of appreciating people, creation and God.

• Build a community of “monks”, a group of people with “knowledge” not of copying books but of web design and video skills and graphic design. Some part-time, some spare-time, perhaps some full-time.

• Develop a few commercial projects to fund the lifestyle of the “monks”.

• Nurture, one at a time, authentic, low-budget group creative projects – “video” downloads for the world.

• Tap into “artists dole” and mentor developing Christian “monks”.

• Invite Christian teenagers to use the high-tech gear, to build relationships and share skills and develop their spirituality and take websites back to their church.

• Tap into Trusts for the high-tech gear and take computers to schools after-school. Teach kids in GI to log on and design their own webpage. Invite their parents to a viewing and tell them of the Kingdom of God in which the aroha of God crosses the digital divide.

A postmodern monastery – Combining authentic, low-budget group creativity with the task of preserving technical knowledge within the rhythms of prayer in order to cross the digital divide and catalyse open source spirituality.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • liz says:

    I have a buddy in PORTLAND OREGON who has started a few years back what is called the ARTISTARY. I wish you could meet Peter Jenkins who started it. The Artistary is meant to be a Christian monistary for artists. It’s located in SE Portland. At present it exists only for guys but the dream is that a sister house would exist as well.

  • The Benedictine rule

    As the conversation keep going on about postmodern monastries (see Tall skinny Kiwy). Bob (The Corner) post a fascinating article on the Benedictine model..

  • Rich says:

    Hmmmmm, sounds quite a bit like the Boiler-Rooms that is part of 24-7 Prayer in the UK.
    I’d like to see more of this happening in, oh…say Colorado. ;^) But knowing God, he’ll probably say “Good….you do it”. Lol!

  • Rich says:

    Uh-oh, Andrew, I just read down further you already covered 24-7’s monasteries. So…in the words of a Gilda Radner character “never mind”.

  • Re: “Steve Taylor On Postmodern monasteries. Excellent, insightful comments. Re: Comments – We love 24-7 Prayer and their Millenium 3 monasteries. We are (Knights of Prayer monastic Order)located in Portland, Oregon. We felt that we should give full Monk status to women(July 19, 1999): Born again Protestant Monks: Evangelical, Celtic, Franciscan — Interdenominational Prayer Teaching & Resources.

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