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Delving into the widespread, contemporary longing for a more serious and communal experience of Christianity, this book provides important theoretical underpinnings and casts a vision for a new monasticism within the Wesleyan tradition. Elaine Heath and Scott Kisker call for the planting of neo-monastic churches which embody the Wesleyan vision of holiness in postmodern contexts. This book also points toward some vital shifts that are necessary in theological education in order to equip pastors to lead such communities. Longing for Spring helps Wesleyans of all stripes understand the theory and praxis necessary for planting neo-monastic communities as a new model of the church that is particularly important in the postmodern context. The authors write in an engaging, conversational style that is conversant with postmodern culture, yet thoroughly informed by critical research. Heath and Kisker boldly challenge the imagination of the church—both within and beyond Wesleyan traditions—to consider the possibility of revitalizing the church through the new monasticism.

Author Bio

Scott Kisker is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, MD and an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference. Prior to coming to Wesley Theological Seminary, he served as the director of the Charles Wesley Heritage Centre in Bristol, UK and as associate pastor for the American Protestant Church in Bonn, Germany. As James Cecil Logan Chair in Evangelism and Wesley Studies, he specilizes in Wesley studies and pietist studies. His current projects include books on the Religious Societies Movement and Wesleyan Theology and Evangelism.