Posts from the ‘Discernment’ Category
The Guidance Team (GT) will host three huddle groups to create a space for dialogue and prayer regarding the mission and vision of Rhythm. Everyone is welcome! Feel free to attend any huddle you wish. Please RSVP to attend one of the huddles below by emailing the leader (click on leader’s name).
NORTH MIAMI HUDDLE
GT Leader: Natalie Freitas
Date & Time: Thursday, July 13 @ 7 pm
Location: North Miami Beach [Email Natalie for the exact address and parking instructions]
GT Leader: Angel Pittman
Date & Time: Thursday, July 13 @ 7:30 pm
Location: Kendall near The Falls Mall [Email Angel for the exact address and parking instructions]
COCONUT GROVE HUDDLE
GT Leader: Jason Bean
Date & Time: Sunday, July 16 @ 2 pm (childcare provided)
Location: Coconut Grove [Email Jason for the exact address and parking instructions]
The Guidance Team invites you to a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, June 4th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. We will be creating a space for dialogue, prayer and discernment regarding the future mission and vision of Rhythm. If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. We are providing pizza. Please RSVP by Friday, June 2nd.
GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Jason Bean, Matt Alexander and Liz Sastre
What is God’s will and how can I know it? This is a common question for many people. Sometimes it’s difficult to know if we’re making a decision that honors God or if we are hearing God well. Jesus speaks about having a close relationship with God, where we can hear his voice, experience his peace, embrace his best, and participate in his renewing work in this world.
Journey with us during Lent as we study the Scriptures to gain understanding about spiritual discernment and utilize practices to help us listen to God.
Download a copy of our 2017 Lent Devotional.
Discerning our mission for 2015 takes place within our community. The Bible calls for communal sharing, prayer, and discernment that reflects our nature as one body with Christ as head.
The Town Hall Meeting is a practical way that we’re going to practice this kind of unity. We’ll spend time eating, praying, listening, sharing, reflecting over this past year, and scheming with the Spirit for 2015.
The plan is to start the meeting on Sunday night, October 5, in the Fellowship Hall at 8 pm and to end promptly at 9 pm. There will be dinner and drinks for everyone to share during the meeting. If you want to come and haven’t let us know yet, then please email info at rhythmmiami dot com so we’ll know how much food to have.
Making Spirit-led decisions in community is tough work, but the New Testament speaks of it as the normal way that the church should function together. Acts tells us that when the early church had to make decisions that effected the entire community, they discerned together until they were able to say, “It seems good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28).
Rhythm Church went through a similar process of discernment during this past fall so that we could acknowledge what God had been up to in our midst and seek guidance on where the Spirit is leading us this upcoming year. It involved a lot of prayer, listening, sharing, questioning, reflecting, and waiting on God to bring clarity. The points below are the areas that the community sensed the Spirit leading us to pay particular attention to during 2013. Each point has a few practical ways that we are seeking to live out the vision for this year.
Equipping, training, and discipleship in spiritual and missional formation
1. This discipleship should primarily occur in Community Groups
2. Use the Rule of Life as our primary discipleship tool
3. Share stories of transformation more often in Public Worship
Continue pursuing and deepening in the richness of the historic church, especially in Scripture and the Church Calendar
1. Developing a Church Calendar team to guide and lead us
2. Use the Rule of Life for teaching on foundational Scriptural practices
3. Resource leaders and the community on the Christian calendar
Disciple leaders in Rhythm more strategically and intentionally in the character of Jesus and the skills of Jesus
1. Begin bi-monthly leadership trainings
2. Each leader meets consistently with a Pastor, Guidance Team member, or CG Coordinator for coaching
3. Resource leaders with “being, knowing, and doing” values
Pursue healing for the broken-hearted in our church and the city by practicing forgiveness and conflict resolution well
1. Continue teaching on forgiveness, reconciliation, and conflict resolution in Public Worship and other community settings
2. Encourage dialogue about how reconciliation can practically happen
Pursue and develop intentional and tangible ways of being present in South Miami
1. Deepen existing connections with Branches, Wednesday night homeless dinner, South Miami Community Center, and Orlando Mendez’s homeless ministry
2. Praying about future initiatives – Baby/Kids Goods Exchange, service projects, Akil’s birthday dinner
Emphasize and grow in seeking God’s presence together
1. Prayer team equips leaders and others to pray with one another
2. Pray and worship more consistently in Community Groups
3. Resource leaders and congregation on spiritual practices
Develop sustainability in our leadership, decision-making process, and finances
1. Add Guidance Team members by end of 2013 summer
2. Develop Financial Team and a Reserves account
3. Engage more people in the fall discernment process
Continue being counter-cultural by pursuing deep relationships and togetherness in our community
1. Offer Divine Dance to not just those being baptized but also those who want more intentional mentorship
2. Make mentoring and discipleship a key priority for all leaders
Express ourselves in worship in more authentic and diverse ways
1. Develop a Community Group that focuses on worship and reaching musicians
2. Incorporate more people and expression in Public Worship (music, art, liturgy, etc.)
3. Resource leaders and congregation in worship expressions and practices