The Simple Rule, New Monastics & Spiritual Coaching

When I work with someone as a spiritual coach, I do it by sharing my rule of life for a season. (Amos 3:3)  I express this rhythm of life in The Simple Rule. It’s a framework that strengthens my own walk with Jesus. It’s a tool for whole-of-life discipleship, and taking a relationship with God deeper.

My own rule of life has been deeply shaped by monastic ways of living the Gospel. How do we in our generation – as single people, couples, families and households – live the Gospel, and belong to one another within the Body of Christ with a monastic integrity – each in our own settings of life and family and work? That is the “neo-monastic” question.

Explore this page for notes on the Simple Rule, New Monasticism, the story of Jesus Generation and some inspirations from church history.


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The Simple Rule

The Story of the Simple Rule

Simple Rule Inspiration – C1st Middle-East

Simple Rule Inspirations -C5th-C7th Britain

Simple Rule Inspirations – C13th Italy & Europe

Simple Rule Inspirations – C16th-C21st worldwide

Simple Rule Inspirations – C18th Britain & North America

Contemplative Prayer Re-Discovered (PODCAST)

The Structure the Changes the World #1 (PODCAST)

The Structure that Changes the World #2 (PODCAST)

Journeying with the Celtic Apostles (PODCAST)

Healing Forests and the Benedictine Way (PODCAST)



Followers and Fans of The New Monastic

Study Guide – From Refugee Band to Missional Seed Team

Introduction to New Monasticism pt1

Introduction to New Monasticism pt 2

Introduction to New Monasticism pt 3

Introduction to New Monasticism pt 4

Introduction to New Monasticism pt 5

Phyllis Tickle on the Great Emergence

Three Monastic Models of Leadership

Jesus Generation – a story of intentional community – pt 1

The Story of Jesus Generation pt 2

The Story of Jesus Generation – pt 3

The Story of Jesus Generation – pt 4

The Lachlan Macquarie Internship

Airline Christian Network


Becoming a Christian