The Order of Sustainable Faith is a missional monastic expression.
The Order exists to provide solidarity among those within the Vineyard Movement who desire to move more deeply into the contemplative life. Those outside the Vineyard are welcome to join–but The Order of Sustainable Faith has been specifically designed for partnership with the Vineyard Movement.
Members of The Order devote a season of their life to meet regularly with a spiritual director. These conversations center around a set of shared commitments. Commitments to things like silence & solitude, simplicity, bodily labor, and the practice of hospitality. It is our sense that an extended season of discernment and intentionality may help you become aware of the way that God is uniquely inviting you into the work of partnering with God in all the ways he is at work in the world.
A Rule of Life
Monastic communities and religious orders have always had specific commitments of faith that hold them together. Sometimes these commitments are written down and agreed to in a formal way. Other times, they are commitments expressed in the way of life of a community and a vision for where that life is headed. The Rule of Life for The Order of Sustainable Faith is called Invitations & Commitments. It is now available and ready to be shipped! You can order your copy to the right, or directly from us.
A MONASTIC EXPRESSION OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Historically, monasticism has taken the form of mendicant orders (Franciscans, Jesuits, Dominicans) and cloistered orders (Benedictines, Cistercians, Carmelites). We seek to take the best of both of these traditions and embody what we can of each.
Our Non-Residential Membership is modeled after the mendicant orders, allowing you to live out a set of commitments in the context of your current location. We’ll pair you with a spiritual director and help nurture the conversation.
Our Residential Membership seeks to plant intentional communities in both rural and urban contexts. With a commitment to the work of sustainable agriculture, we invite you into a rhythm of life that includes work, study, bodily labor, and sabbath. Monastic communities have always lived in a way that consciously provides a critique of the dominant culture. We think a season of slowing down & growing food from the ground up does something deep and lasting to people.
Each member of The Order of Sustainable Faith begins with postulancy, a six-month period to review the Invitations & Commitments, a Rule of Life for the The Order. Non-Residential Members will meet with a spiritual director to help discern a more extended commitment of 1-year beyond postulancy. This additional year, which we call The Novitiate Experience serves to deepen one's understanding of the commitments, as well as one's own self-understanding and motivations for seeking membership in The Order.
At the heart of the Non-Residential Membership is the willingness to be where you are– in your city, in your home– and to more intentionally create space for the contemplative and active life.
At some point as a non-residential member, you will be encouraged to participate in a 12-month mission somewhere in the world. We want to be mobile in our desire to follow God's leading, wherever that may be.
Beyond postulancy, some members may choose to move to our residential location. We are currently in the process of planting a missional monastic and church community on the west side of Columbus, OH in a neighborhood called Franklinton.
At the heart of the Residential Membership is the desire for stability and deepening of one's faith. We think that bodily labor, a rhythm of work and rest, and work that engages the land, is formative in ways that nothing else is. We invite members to consider living in community for a period of 1-5 years to help transition from one season of life, to another.
AN INVITATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
To request an invitation to consider membership in The Order of Sustainable Faith please let us know below. We'll follow up and begin conversation as soon as we are able.