The New Friars
Vows - exclusive promises or commitments - are almost unheard of these days. They're considered a quaint relic of times past when open options were not such highly regarded virtues. But many people in our commitment-averse culture are begging for...
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Vows - exclusive promises or commitments - are almost unheard of these days. They're considered a quaint relic of times past when open options were not such highly regarded virtues. But many people in our commitment-averse culture are begging for someone to set the bar higher, to call them to higher levels of devotion.
Across the ages God has consistently attracted a few in every crowd who would make and keep vows, and called them to stick out, act out and speak out.
In The New Friars Scott Bessenecker profiles young Christians who have voluntarily removed themselves from the status quo in order to seek justice and mercy with the poorest of the world's poor. These new friars are carrying on the work of the monastic tradition, the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi, St. Patrick and St. Brigid, the Jesuits and Nestorians and Moravians.
The New Friars will show you that with God all things - even uncommon acts of courageous faith - are possible.
There's a significant movement going on throughout the world: young people serving in solidarity with the poorest of the poor. This movement shares values and goals with ancient monastic and missional orders known as friars. But pouring yourself out in humble service looks different in every era. Scott Bessenecker looks at the new friars in the context of the old, inspiring us to look at the world differently: every person, regardless of station, is our brother or sister, and our love for God must translate into love for them. Market/Audience Mission and evangelism organizations Missionaries Urbana 06 attendees Young adults Endorsements "Scott Bessenecker has taken the risk (or fallen to the temptation!) of putting words to a stirring of the Spirit that is both fresh and ancient. His brilliant work is a celebration of the new things God is doing, while locating these movements humbly throughout church history, as the simple renewals that the Spirit seems to bring over and over on the margins of empires and markets that threaten to infect and colonize the Christian identity. But be careful neither to hail these ragamuffin disciples as celebrities or to dismiss them as saints. Rather, allow their lives to challenge us to rethink what it means to be Christian. After all, the very fact that they seem radical or odd may only be an indictment on the sort of Christianity we have become accustomed to." Shane Claiborne, founding member of The Simple Way, and author of The Irresistible Revolution Features and Benefits Surveys significant social justice movements throughout the world that share values and goals with ancient monastic and missional orders. Shares stories of remarkable missionary efforts.
Scott Bessenecker is Director of Global Projects for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He holds a Masters in International Development from William Carey International University.
Scott has written from a holistic Christian perspective for publications likeRelevant and Mission Maker magazines and edited the book Quest for Hope in the Slum Community. His active weblog is at www.thenewfriars.com.
He is currently writing a piece of fantasy fiction to portray the dichotomy of a privileged society living alongside impoverished people. Young characters who are radically committed to those at the margins have a central role in the book. These fictional protagonists are drawn from the actual people featured in Scott's Likewise book The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor. and How to Inherit the Earth: Submitting Ourselves to a Servant Savior.
- 1. God's Recurring Dream
- 2. Pushed Into Poverty
- 3. Sucked Into Poverty
- 4. The Voluntary Poverty Of God
- 5. Incarnation: Pursuing Jesus' Descent Into Humanity
- 6. Devotional: Pursuing Intimacy With Jesus
- 7. Communal: Pursuing Relational Wealth
- 8. Missional: Pursuing The Kingdom
- 9. Marginal: Pursuit At The Edges
- 10. Our Darkest Hour
- Afterword: Darkest Night Of The Year
- Appendix A: How To Join The New Friars
- Appendix B: Five Religious Movements That Paved The Way