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

A thumbnail image of the book cover, Homage to a Broken Man.

Homage to a Broken Man

Peter Mommsen

Those who knew J. Heinrich Arnold later in life wondered at the way people were drawn to this strange man with a thick accent and easy smile. In his presence, complete strangers poured out their darkest secrets and left transformed. Others wanted him dead. 한국어

cover for Life together in the Spirit

Life Together in the Spirit

John Driver

In this fresh approach to Christian spirituality, John Driver shows that the spirituality of the disciples and the early Christian church included every dimension of life.

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The Early Christians

Eberhard Arnold

What did Christianity look like before it became an institution? Find out for yourself with this collection of firsthand accounts of the early church. Includes excerpts from Origen, Tertullian, Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria, Justin, Irenaeus, and others — and equally revealing material from their critics, detractors and persecutors. Free ebook in three formats and four languages. العربية français Deutsch

Articles: Living in Community

A thumbnail image of the book cover, Homage to a Broken Man.

Why We Need Stories Like Homage to a Broken Man

Eugene H. Peterson

The mysteries of goodness and redemption become apparent when we find companions like those brought to life in the pages of this book, in unassuming and patient leaders like J. Heinrich Arnold.

A church service at Jesus Abbey.

Jesus Abbey: Reconciling a Divided Korea

Ben Torrey

Founded in South Korea at Pentecost in 1965, this community is celebrating its fifty-year jubilee. Ben Torrey, son of Jesus Abbey's founders, talks about their original vision and continued work toward reconciliation between North and South Koreans.

Detail from Giovanni Giacometti’s painting, Under the elder tree, depicting a woman surrounded by children.

Spiritual Motherhood

Alice von Hildebrand

“If you don’t have children, for goodness sake don’t believe that you have to give up motherhood. Motherhood is not only biological maternity. It is spiritual maternity. . . .”

Paul Green and AJ Sanford of Hope for the Inner City.

Evenings and Mornings

Joshua Livingston

What is life without work? If work is truly tied to prayer and done for Christ – as the New Testament teaches us – what does the inability to work lead to, spiritually? The perspective of a community developer in inner-city Chattanooga.