Living in Community

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A special calling – living in community, for instance – must never be confused with the church of Christ itself. Life in community means discipline in community, education in community, and continual training for the discipleship of Christ. Yet the mystery of the church is something different from this – something greater. It is God’s life, and coming from him it penetrates community. This penetration of the divine into the human occurs whenever the tension of desperate yearning produces an openness and readiness in which God alone may act and speak. At such moments a community can be commissioned by the invisible church and given certainty for a specific mission: to speak and act – albeit without mistaking itself for the church – in the name of the church.

— Eberhard Arnold

Books: Living in Community

Salt and Light English

Salt and Light

By Eberhard Arnold

Now back in print! Seventeen challenging talks and essays on the Sermon on the Mount, by a writer who believes their demands are viable and inescapable - and must be lived out today. Deutsch 한국어

Why We Live In Community English

Why We Live in Community

By Eberhard Arnold

In this time-honored manifesto, Arnold adds his voice to the vital discussion of what real intentional community is all about: love, joy, unity, and the great "adventure of faith" shared with others along the way. He does not describe (or prescribe) community here, but provides a vision to guide our search. العربية Français 한국어 Español

God's Revolution English

God’s Revolution

By Eberhard Arnold

Are you tired of answers that ignore the root causes of human suffering? This selection of writings by Eberhard Arnold, who left a career and the established church in order to live out the Gospel, calls us to a completely different way. Available as epub(Nook,iPad), prc(Kindle),or pdf. Paperback now back in print and available from Amazon. العربية Français Deutsch Español

Articles: Living in Community


The Early Anabaptists

By Eberhard Arnold

Persecuted by Catholics and Lutherans alike, these sixteenth-century Christians faced arrest and execution by the thousands for their beliefs. Learn more about the roots of a renewal movement that threatened the power of both church and state. Deutsch

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The Early Anabaptists

By Eberhard Arnold

In this series of talks, Eberhard Arnold describes movements that were forerunners to the Anabaptists of the Reformation. Deutsch


Climbing Down the Ladder of Success

By Jerry Voll

Success: taught by parents, encouraged in schools, and admired by society. But what good is success if one’s life deteriorates? And what of Jesus’ promise that the first shall be last?

Detail from The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks

Living in Community Series

By Eberhard Arnold

Intentional communities and communal living are back in the popular conversation. In the church, this takes the form of neo-monastic communities, Christian neighborhood groups, and an upsurge in vocations to religious orders. What does real community look like? In his classic manifesto Why We Live in Community, Eberhard Arnold explores why community is the calling of the church, and what it takes to live it out in the daily grind. Each of the readings in this series based on Arnold’s book is paired with a matching Bible passage. Deutsch