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Vowed Community Renewal

September 16th, 2018

Rhythm Team

We are inviting anyone who wants to commit to following Jesus with Rhythm to do so during Public Worship on Sunday, October 7.

We believe that God calls us to commit ourselves not only to Christ, but also to following Jesus with a local expression of his Body, the church. Our community is one expression of the body of Christ in our city. When you ask how can I “be a part of Rhythm,” our first response is simply to say, “Come have a seat at the table. We’d love for you to take part in everything we do. If you want in, you’re in.” However, if the question you’re asking is “How do I live as a disciple of Jesus, commit myself to this community, and participate in the mission?” – then we invite you to consider becoming part of the Vowed Community.

Joining the Vowed Community is a great step to take if you are a follower of Jesus and see Rhythm as your “church home.” The Vowed Community are the people in Rhythm who are ready to say, “This is my church! I want to follow Jesus with these people and to invest in this community.”

Below are two documents that help to articulate more about Rhythm and what it means to join the Vowed Community:

Joining the Vowed Community 101 gives a basic overview of Rhythm’s history, purpose, the Rhythm of Life, and the commitments of being part of the Vowed Community. Everyone considering making this commitment needs to read this short document.

Joining the Vowed Community 201 is a deeper explanation of Rhythm’s theology, core convictions, leadership structure, and strategy. This is a much longer, more detailed document.

On Sunday, September 23 we are facilitating a Q&A luncheon for anyone considering joining the Vowed Community. The pastors will spend time sharing about Rhythm’s history, values, and purpose and answer any questions. If you want to attend, please email Lauren no later than Friday, September 21.

If you have made this commitment in the past and do not have any questions, then simply communicate with one of the pastors about continuing your commitment.

Whether you are renewing your commitment or joining for the first time, please confirm with one of the pastors of your final decision by Sunday, September 30.

September 10th, 2018

Rhythm Team

DNA is deep inside each one of us – it’s what makes us who we are. Every person has unique DNA and so does every church. Rhythm has a unique story, identity, and purpose that gives us clarity about who we are but also what we’ve been called to do together in Miami.

Join us for this four-week series in September as we refresh our minds and hearts in what it looks like to be a disciple-making church together.

Raices & Roots

June 20th, 2018

Rhythm Team

The church in Colossae was doing great, but were facing cultural pressures to turn away from Jesus. Paul writes this letter to address these specific cultural pressures, challenge a deeper allegiance and commitment to Jesus as Lord in all areas of life, and recognize that God is creating his church to be a multi-ethnic and multi-class family.

The book of Colossians paints one of the most beautiful and compelling pictures of Jesus contained in the Scriptures. When Jesus is at the center of everything, when our roots go deep in him, then it has a domino effect and everything else begins to change.

In this nine-week sermon series, we will dive deep into this short letter to the church in Colassae. We are meant to treasure Jesus as the Lord of all things, find our identity in him, and pursue his reconciliation.

Going Deeper

Below are several ideas of ways to “go deeper” in this sermon series. These are simply suggestions – feel free to adapt, tweak, or try out other creative ideas as you process the preaching and teaching from Public Worship!

  • Watch the Bible Project’s video on Colossians.
  • Read and meditate on the scripture passages from Colossians listed below. Use lectio divina as a way to read and encounter God in these passages. Download a lectio divina guide.

    6/24    Colossians 1:1-14

    7/1       Colossians 1:15-23

    7/8      Colossians 1:24-2:5

    7/15     Colossians 2:6-23

    7/22    Colossians 3:1-11

    8/5      Colossians 3:12-17

    8/12     Colossians 3:18-4:1

    8/19     Colossians 4:2-6

    8/26    Colossians 4:7-18

  • Participate in the Colossians study group on Thursday nights this summer for more in-depth discussion through this powerful letter. 

  • Download the Streetlights Bible app and listen through Colossians!

  • Read through Colossians each week during the summer. Journal through these questions each week:

    • What does this text tell me about who Jesus is?
    • What does this text tell me about the nature of the church?
    • How can I apply this text today?
  • Purchase a copy of N.T. Wright’s commentary on Colossians and use as a study guide.

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June 19th, 2018

Rhythm Team

In Ephesians 4, Paul offers a picture of the church living in tremendous unity with one another and growing in Christlike maturity. He says that Jesus himself has given people-gifts (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, teachers) to equip and build up the whole church to experience the maturity and fullness of Christ. We are passionate about equipping the whole church to live out their missional calling and to discover their APEST vocation.

Rhythm has learned and adapted much of our understanding of APEST from the biblical and missiological work of Alan Hirsch, Neil Cole, JR Woodward, and The V3 Movement.

We suggest you engage in these 4 elements as you discern your APEST vocation:

[1] Read through the brief descriptions of each APEST vocation below.

[2] Get feedback from a spiritual friend about where they see you in these vocations.

[3] Listen to this sermon on disciple-making and APEST.

[4] Take the Personal APEST Vocational Assessment.


APOSTLES – Catalyze and Co-mission


Strengths of Apostles:

  • Catalysts who start new works, pioneering into new territory
  • Co-mission others to join God in making disciples
  • Keep the church focused on vision, mission, and core values
  • Maintain a sense of the “big picture” and the strategy of making disciples
  • Big dreamers, risk-takers, and love setting goals
  • Cultivate a THRIVING environment by helping the church step out into new territory, extend Jesus to new people and places, and multiplying disciples and churches.

We desperately need healthy, passionate Apostles because without them we lose our sense of the big picture vision of Jesus and will be less likely to take risks with God.

If you have trouble starting something new, staying focused on a vision, or setting a bold goal, then you need to hang out with an Apostle – they will help you mature in this!

Shadows of Apostles:

  • Value their dreams or goals over people
  • Can lack gentleness and patience with others
  • Have a difficult time resting because they are driven by achievement
  • Unable to distinguish between good ideas and God-ideas

If you are an Apostle, we need you to start Missional Churches with us – but you’re probably going to need a Shepherd or Teacher to do it with you to help you care and invest deeply in people.

Jesus is the best Apostle we have ever known – he was the original “sent one” from the Father – he blazed a new trail and he was extremely mission-focused on the dreams of God for him and his disciples.

PROPHETSExpose and Embody


Strengths of Prophets:

  • Expose false claims to power by challenging the status quo
  • Embody a deep life with God and help others encounter God
  • Have a sense of the truth that needs to be communicated in their time and place
  • Sensitive to God’s passionate heart for the poor and marginalized
  • Keep the church honest by asking the “why” question
  • Cultivate a LIBERATING environment by helping the church pursue intimacy with God, experience liberation from sin, and stand with the poor in the power of the Spirit.

We desperately need healthy, passionate Prophets because without them we lose our sense of God’s heart for us and the poor and will be less likely to repent when we have sinned individually or communally.

If you have trouble experiencing God with intimacy, discerning a tough situation, or having a heart for the poor then you need to hang out with a Prophet – they will help you mature in this!

Shadows of Prophets:

  • Can be overly critical and hyper-focused on what they dislike and disagree with
  • Speak in absolute terms, talking about their perspective as simply “the truth”
  • It can be difficult for them to extend grace to people
  • Constantly question but don’t get to action

If you are a Prophet, we need you to start Missional Churches with us – but you’re probably going to need a Evangelist to do it with you to help you build relationships with people who don’t know Jesus.

Jesus is the best Prophet we have ever known – he had a deep life of prayer and intimacy with God, he spoke truth to the religious power of his day, and he stood alongside the poor and oppressed.

EVANGELISTSInvite and Excite


Strengths of Evangelists:

  • Invite people to live in the kingdom of God
  • Excite the church to share their faith in Jesus
  • Natural connectors and love meeting new people
  • Find attractive ways to communicate Jesus to others
  • Help other disciples build relationships with nonChristians
  • Cultivate a WELCOMING environment by helping the church share the good news of Jesus and extend fellowship to all, especially those society has marginalized.

We desperately need healthy, passionate Evangelists because without them we lose our sense of the joy and goodness of Jesus and will be less like to share our faith in Christ with people.

If you have trouble sharing your faith, building new friendships, or welcoming new people then you need to hang out with a Evangelist – they will help you mature in this!

Shadows of Evangelists:

  • Can be easily discouraged when things are no longer exciting
  • Have a difficult time building spiritual friendships with a few core people
  • Avoid conflict because they want people to like them
  • Sell Jesus rather than share him

If you are a Evangelist, we need you to start Missional Churches with us – but you’re probably going to need a Teacher to do it with you to help you grow people with the wisdom and character of Jesus as they start to follow him.

Jesus is the best Evangelist we have ever known – he shared the good news of the kingdom of God everywhere he went, he came to “seek and save the lost”, and he built new friendships all the time.

SHEPHERDSGuard and Guide


Strengths of Shepherds:

  • Guard the community from danger
  • Guide people towards health and wholeness in Jesus
  • Create spaces where people feel safe to be vulnerable
  • Deeply care about individuals and their unique life-story
  • Challenge the church to experience healing as the new family of God
  • Cultivate a HEALING environment by helping the church work through their past pain and hurt, practice forgiveness and reconciliation, and move towards wholeness in Jesus.

We desperately need healthy, passionate Shepherds because without them we lose our sense of the care and guidance of God and will be less likely to forgive and reconcile as Jesus teaches.

If you have trouble working through emotional wounds, listening to people well, or building others up in love then you need to hang out with a Shepherd – they will help you mature in this!

Shadows of Shepherds:

  • Afraid of offending so avoid difficult conversations
  • Can easily overextend themselves because they don’t set boundaries
  • Focus too much on an individual and lose sight of the larger mission
  • Can be overprotective of people

If you are a Shepherd, we need you to start Missional Churches with us – but you’re probably going to need an Apostle or Prophet to do it with you to help you clarify a strong vision and plan of action to reach people.

Jesus is the best Shepherd we have ever known – he cared for individual people really well, helped people experience healing, and was called “The Good Shepherd.”

TEACHERSInterpret and Inform


Strengths of Teachers:

  • Interpret the Scriptures in light of Jesus
  • Inform the church of the truth and power of Jesus
  • Enjoy gathering knowledge and passing on the truth of the Bible
  • Highly motivated to pass on the truths of God across generations
  • Challenge the church to stay faithful to the narrative of God in the Scriptures
  • Cultivate a FORMING environment by helping the church experience formation in Jesus through the Bible, become life-long learners, and inhabit God’s missional story.

We desperately need healthy, passionate Teachers because without them we lose our sense of the wisdom of God in the Scriptures and will be less likely to experience Jesus speaking through the Bible.

If you have trouble studying the Bible, embracing Jesus as “the truth”, or hearing God speak to you through the Scriptures then you need to hang out with a Teacher – they will help you mature in this!

Shadows of Teachers:

  • Taking risks can be difficult because they focus on the stability of knowledge
  • Can value their relationship to Scripture over relationship with people
  • Easily offended when their wisdom/insight is not wanted
  • Bibliolotry occurs when they value Scripture over God

If you are a Teacher, we need you to start Missional Churches with us – but you’re probably going to need an Apostle or Evangelist to do it with you to help you get out of your head and into the lives of real people.

Jesus is the best Teacher we have ever known – he taught his disciples and others with both his words and his life, constantly communicated the wisdom of God, and was considered “the way, the truth, and the life.”


May 30th, 2018

Rhythm Team

The idea of a believer’s calling has been discussed and commented on countless times over the centuries, especially these last few decades as the “Who am I?” postmodern worldview slowly shapes the thoughts of today’s Christian. We often return to the question, “What was I made to do?” Modern life inundates us with the “could do’s” and “should do’s” which are presented seemingly innocent by friends, family, and sometimes strangers. To make things more difficult, some of us conjure our own ideas so naturally that we can feel pulled any which way. For others, dreaming is more an estranged practice, like a foreign language. Nonetheless, being called is a definite topic of reflection throughout Scripture which has immediate implications for every believer’s life.

In Ephesians 4, Paul writes:

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” 

Join us for this 3-week sermon series as we explore how Jesus speaks to each of us individually, what gifts and strengths he has entrusted to us, and where we are sent to join his mission of restoration in Miami.

Learn more about the Calling Lab – an intensive workshop that Rhythm is hosting on June 16.

Calling Lab

April 12th, 2018

Rhythm Team

We believe everyone is uniquely called to the mission of God and we believe mission happens in our city, not just during short-term trips overseas. But how do you know what or where you are called to? We long to awaken dreams and give everyone the resources they need to live out their calling.

The Calling Lab is a platform to help you discover your calling, to set aside a day to hear from God and be sent into that mission. Perhaps it’s to a specific people group, a neighborhood, your campus or your workplace. 

On Saturday, June 16th (9-6 pm), we are partnering with the Underground Network to have the Calling Lab facilitated for the Rhythm community in Miami.


Where do you feel God is leading you? Gain insight and discernment about your calling by learning to listen in prayer, assess opportunities, and unpack your unique personality and gifts.

All of us have come to points in our lives where we feel ready to serve and give but we just aren’t sure where to do it. Calling can be both an elusive and frustrating idea. Those who have clarity on calling, the place and people they know to love and serve, seem to be more confident and effective. Those of us who are still unsure can find ourselves floundering or insecure about our place in the mission of God.

Hearing God’s voice is the goal, but finding the time, listening to all the ways he is speaking and finally making sense of it all can be a daunting assignment. If you have never really sensed this kind of clarity in calling, or if you are sensing that your calling might be changing we have designed this event for you.

We hope this lab helps you learn to listen in prayer, assess opportunities, and unpack your own personality and gifts.

The Calling Lab will meet in the Executive Conference Room at the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami (6200 San Amaro Dr). There is a parking lot on the south side of the building.


Newcomers Lunch

March 26th, 2018

Rhythm Team

If you are new to Rhythm we’d love to connect with you! Newcomers Lunch is specifically designed for people who have recently connected to Rhythm and want to learn a bit more about our story, vision, and ways to integrate into the life of the community.

Come have lunch, meet the pastors, and make some new friends!

Please email Lauren Fernandez by Friday, June 8th for more information and to attend on Sunday, June 10.

Easter Celebration

March 26th, 2018

Rhythm Team

Everyone is welcome to join Rhythm on Easter Sunday this year (April 1…no joke) to celebrate Jesus! Invite your friends and family to spend the morning and afternoon with us!

The service begins at 10:30 am and after we’re going to eat and hang out! We’re having a live salsa DJ, a bounce house for the kiddos, Easter egg hunt, and the best paella you’ve ever tasted.

Easter Sunday is the biggest day of the year for followers of Christ – so get ready to party!

Prayer Walks

March 1st, 2018

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is facilitating several prayer walks around Miami led by different leaders in Rhythm. Check out the details below and contact the leader to get more information.

If you’re interested in leading a prayer walk, we’d love to resource you! Contact Matt to get more information about prayer walking.


Downtown Miami
Wednesday, March 7 @ 6:15 pm
Leader: Esther Knicely

Coconut Grove
Wednesday, March 7 @ 6 pm
Leader: John & Lauren Fernandez

Coral Gables
Wednesday, March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Leader: Terri Dewey & Marlene Riesco

West Kendall
Saturday, March 10 @ 9 am
Leader: Doug & Olivia Hale

South Miami
Saturday, March 10 @ 10:30 am
Leader: Jen Estime

Coconut Grove
Tuesday, March 13 @ 6 pm
Leader: Matt Alexander

Family Meeting

January 18th, 2018

Rhythm Team

The Guidance Team (GT) invites you to a Family Meeting on Sunday, February 11th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. The GT will share Rhythm’s budget and financial vision for 2018 and will be creating a space for dialogue and prayer about the direction God is leading our church. If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. There will be lunch!


GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Natalie Freitas, Jason Bean, Matt Alexander, Lauren Fernandez, and Liz Sastre