The Nashville Family of Brothers offers men family. Family is a sacrament—an ordinary thing God uses to reveal the mysteries of himself to us in tangible, undeniable ways.
God made all of us for intimacy in the context of human family. The love in the Trinity and between Christ and His Church (in God’s family) is characterized by diversity, intimacy, giving of life, faithfulness, sacrifice, and hospitality. Because we are made in God’s image, we are all made for that same kind of love in the context of human family. In Matthew 12:46-50, Jesus subverts our understanding of family, rejecting familial ties based solely on biology and instead establishing that Christian family is bound by the blood of Christ. Jesus defines Christian family as a small community of Christians who live life together and embody the gospel for each other.
The Nashville Family of Brothers offers family to men called to vocational singleness because we too are made for intimacy in the context of human family. We too need family that is intimate, faithful, sacrificial, diverse, life-giving, and hospitable. We hope the experience of family found in the Nashville Family of Brothers will connect each brother more deeply with his Creator.
In turn, right relationship with God and right relationship with each other will empower us to leverage our singleness for the sake of the kingdom.
Similarly to historical monasticism, we feel called to live out our singleness for the sake of the kingdom in a monastery to provide stability to our lives and sustenance to our ministry. Monasticism is an effective way for those called to vocational singleness to find family because it offers a way to live communally according to the same commitments, under the same community agreement, participating in the same Christian rhythms, to accomplish the same common mission.
Brothers make the same commitments to vocational singleness, family, simplicity, and obedience to our Community Covenant. Our family rhythms include daily morning or evening prayer, multiple shared meals a week, weekly confession and accountability, monthly worship nights, holidays, and vacations. Individually, we will leverage our availability from not raising children to seek out jobs that more directly build up the kingdom but may be too emotionally, physically, or financially burdensome for parents. Collectively, we will serve our community by offering discipleship in our local churches. Brothers will model vocational singleness in their local churches, teach in their churches what the Bible has to say about Christian marriage and vocational singleness, and help all teens and young adults in their churches discern between marriage and vocational singleness.
We are different from some historical expressions of monasticism in two ways: First, our monastery is not our church. Each brother is required to commit to the community and mission of their local church. Each brother’s local church remains their primary place of authority and discipleship. Second, our monastery is not our place of work. Brothers will seek employment outside of the Nashville Family of Brothers. Plus, the doors of our home will always be open to extended friends and family, and we hope our monastery serves as a seed for a wider intentional Christian community of vocationally single and married people in Nashville.
The Nashville Family of Brothers is an ecumenically Christian brotherhood. Our statement of faith is embodied by the Nicene Creed. Brothers must be able to confidently confess the Nicene Creed and deny beliefs contrary to the Nicene Creed.