Reflections on Monastic Orders

Dscf5463-1I am sitting in Tom and Christine Sine’s living room in a meeting with people discussing monastic orders and their rules. Next to me is Eliacin from Puerto Rico who lives with his wife and child at the Mustard Seed House and whose blog Kingdom Praxis is quite well known. Others are here also and reporting on communities such as Lindisfarne, Simply Way, 3rd Order of Franciscans, Innerchange, Iona, etc. I was asked about the Order of the Mustard Seed with 24-7 Prayer and so i told them of my night of terror when i took the vow with them. I also mentioned Church Mission Society which is becoming a mission order. And of course what is emerging in our home town. It might just be a coincidence but this is also the topic of the conference this week with Allelon. Looking forward to it.

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Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • Andrew, thanks for the links. I was not familiar with “Order of the Mustard Seed.” No doubt there is much talk about missional orders of late on many fronts. Look forward to what comes out of the Allelon conversation this week.

  • Hi Andrew. About 6 months ago I took permanent vows in the order of mission, a similar thing that has grown out of St Tom’s in Sheffield.
    So exciting that God seems to be stirring the same things in different places.

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