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Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life

About Rules of Life

Are you looking for more information about rules of life and the ways that this time-tested concept can inform and guide our faith practices today? Check out our resources from across the Church.

Building Faith
Building Faith is published by Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary. Our mission is to equip and inspire churches and individuals for the ministry of Christian education and faith formation.

Education for Ministry
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry.

Episcopal Cursillo
Cursillo is a movement of the church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in the family and social life, in leisure activities, and within the Church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us.

Forma is an association and dynamic community of Christian educators, formation professionals, and their institutional partners that celebrates and upholds the diverse ministries of Christian formation across the the Episcopal Church.

Grow Christians
Grow Christians is a ministry of Forward Movement. Together, we aim to create an online community of discipleship focused on the practical details of life at home. Gathering reflections, stories, images and recipes from diverse Episcopalians, this group blog inspires generations to come together as they celebrate the presence of God through the Christian year.

Growing a Rule of Life – Adapted for Children
Society of St. John the Evangelist and Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. Two resources that introduce the practice of developing a Rule of Life – no matter your age.

Living Intentionally: A Workbook for Creating a Personal Rule of Life
David Vryhof is an experienced spiritual leader who guides seekers in shaping and living their own Rule of Life.

My Faith, My Life
A guide for teens (or anyone) taking the step toward integrating faith and life.

Note to Self: Creating Your Guide to a More Spiritual Life
Creating your own rule of life is grace that only you can offer to yourself, helping remind you to live the life you desire, and the life God wishes for you. Join author and Episcopal priest Charles LaFond as he guides you through the wisdom, creation, and application of your own Rule of Life.

Religious Orders and Faith Communities
The Episcopal Church canonically recognizes 18 traditional orders and 14 Christian communities for men, women, or both. Religious Orders and Communities serve the greater church in several ways. Many offer retreat houses and individual spiritual direction. Each community has a rule of life and is committed to prayer, life in community, and hospitality.  

Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict
Esther deWaal’s introduction to Benedictine life for lay people is regarded as one of the best.

Soul Feast: An Invitation to Christian Spiritual Life
Marjorie Thompson helps readers to understand spiritual disciplines and to develop them in the context of daily life, including by developing a rule of life.

The Restoration Project
Christopher Martin and St. Paul’s offer this renewal project for anyone passionate about growing in Christ via the Benedictine way. Rule is included. Discipleship groups are encouraged.

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