Welcome to the Companions of the Way! We are a Christianity community seeking to live out a monastic vocation in the 21st century, meaning we seek to be disciples of Jesus while living in the world. Members are single or married, ordained or lay, living in community or with their families. Our desire is to have community members in every parish in the Episcopal Church promoting and living out Christian discipleship. Currently, we are seeking official status within the Episcopal Church.
The focus of our community is on Christian discipleship and faith formation. Our motto is discipuli facientes discipuli, or “disciples making disciples.” It is our conviction that the Church needs dedicated men and women who will live out a committed life to God in every parish and encourage and support others to do the same. Following Jesus in the 21st century can be challenging, and that is why all Christians need companions on the way.
Our work in the local parish church is centered around the catechetical ministry but extends to everyone in the parish. Growing into Christlikeness is never “finished,” and so every Christian can always deepen their walk with Christ. Also becoming a disciple of Jesus is more than just head knowledge; it includes prayer, worship, bible study, and being a servant. We seek a holistic lifestyle of discipleship for all Christians.
Mission of the Companions
The Companions of The Way promotes Christian discipleship within the local parish by modeling daily prayer, weekly worship and Bible study, and engaging in acts of service within the parish and in the world. We seek to inspire love for God and neighbor in thought, word, and deed. We vow our lives to Christ in obedience, and we covenant to encourage and support each other in a life of discipleship.
Vision for Monasticism in the 21st Century
Our vision for monasticism in the 21st century is to see lay members in every parish living a consecrated life under a monastic rule of life within a Religious Order or Christian Community for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. We strive to see numerous monastic options present in every parish in order to connect with the charism of each parishioner.
Vision of the Companions
Our vision is to be the transformative power of living according to a rule of life for making mature disciples of Jesus Christ to spread throughout the whole Church.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about our community or are interested in discerning whether God is calling you to join the Companions of the Way.