Leaders in every sector of our society, making daily decisions that affect organisations, homes, banks, churches, even nations, not driven by expediency or short-term need but equipped to think, pray and act with integrity. Leaders who consider the common good because it’s part of who they are. Leaders who celebrate diversity and who learn easily from difference. Men and women who reflect the character and priorities of Jesus Christ, whose lifeway is prayer and whose treasure is in heaven.
The Community of St Anselm is inviting young UK professionals to join as Nonresident Members of the Community for one year of prayer, study and service that sits alongside and enriches their professional lives. It’s an opportunity to explore how a life of prayer and spiritual formation can increase our impact as followers of Christ in every sector of society, alongside fellow Community Members from many different cultures and many different expressions of Christian faith.
Drawing on the idea of Benedictine balance, members seek to integrate a deepening engagement with prayer and
service to the poor with a busy working life and a continuing commitment and contribution to their own church community. Here’s what to expect as part of Nonresident membership:
* Community evenings on Monday nights at Lambeth Palace – always food, often teaching from a world-class theologian or practitioner, extended times of praise and worship, or Sharing Group
* Fortnightly meetings with a Spiritual Companion
* Community Days (one Saturday per month)
* 3 week-long residential retreats exploring:
* The person and work of the Holy Spirit
* Developing discernment through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius
* Vocation and working life
* Volunteering with a local project engaging with those vulnerable and in need (many Non-Residents volunteer through their own local church)
* Daily personal prayer and Bible reading
* Regular Sunday worship in a local church