Frequently Asked Questions
What is a religious order?
A religious order is a community and organization that exists for a specific religious function or devotion, especially within the context of Christian monasticism.
What is a parachurch ministry?
A parachurch ministry is a ministry that works outside of a four-walled, traditional church and across denominational lines.
Who can join?
Our order is ecumenical and inclusive. We welcome Christians of all backgrounds - regardless of anyone’s denomination, political party, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, or age.
What ministries do we offer?
We offer a variety of ministries. Each of our members have their own local ministries, and we have chapters (called embers) in Phoenix, AZ and Osceola, MO. In addition, our order maintains a prayer list and distributes prayer cards and rosaries. More information can be found in the chapters and ministries tabs above. Please contact us if you are interested in joining or are in need of prayer, the Sacraments, or other rites or services.
What is New Monasticism?
New Monasticism is a movement among many churches and traditions seeking to revive the Church through discipleship and prayer in a similar way as traditional monasticism. Historically, monastics would live in isolation as hermits or in secluded communities within monasteries. In fact, the term "monastic" comes from the Greek term monos (one, alone). Unlike traditional monastic communities, however, New Monasticism seeks to bring discipleship and prayer back into the world rather than retreating from it, especially considering the recent decline of the Church. Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated, "the restoration of the church will surely come only from a new type of monasticism which has nothing in common with the old but a complete lack of compromise in a life lived in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount in the discipleship of Christ."
What is the Convergent Christian Communion (CCC)?
The CCC (www.convergentchristian.com) is a communion of open and affirming churches and ministries within the Convergence and Independent Sacramental movements (founded in 2014 as The Anthem Network). We bring together the major historic streams of Christian tradition; we are Evangelical (Gospel-focused), Charismatic (Spirit-filled), and Sacramental (Liturgy-based). In addition, unlike most Convergent Christians, we are an open, affirming, and grace-filled Communion believing that Christ’s love and ministry are open to all - regardless of anyone’s denominational background, political party, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. We are all one in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Galatians 3:26-28, Colossians 3:11).