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Following Jesus is more than believing the right things and having good information about God. It is a lifestyle of on-going formation by Jesus and in his Way.
Over the years, Rhythm has crafted or adapted various practices, postures, and tools to help people experience whole-life formation in Jesus. Many of these practices are fleshed out in our communal Rhythm of Life.
We become formed over time through our experiences, relationships, and habits. Spiritual practices and holy habits fueled with the energy of Jesus can shape and re-shape our hearts, desires, and lives to reflect Jesus more and more. Our job is to partner with Jesus in our own formation – to put in time, focus, energy, and love.
Each month, we will highlight a practice and/or tool to help you pursue deeper formation in Jesus and his Way. September’s practice is doing a Desert Day.
We encourage you to try out the practice, discuss the experience with others, and experience the life of God.
As Rhythm prayerfully shifts into a new season of starting Missional Churches this fall, we invite anyone in our community to join us at the next Missional Church Hub (MC Hub) on September 16th to learn more! Missional Churches are a core team of Christians with a specific focus on a neighborhood or network of people in Miami they feel called to love, serve, and share Jesus with by building trusting relationships. MC Hubs are an intentional space for these core teams to be equipped, trained, and encouraged in their calling as they live out God’s mission to make disciples in Miami.
The next MC Hub will be at the Elks Lodge from 12:45- 2:15 after worship on September 16th. Please contact Lauren to let us know you can attend and let us know if you’ll need childcare!
Rhythm is meeting for Public Worship at 9:15 am on Sunday, July 15.
Please join us to watch the World Cup championship game at 11 am at the Center for Social Change (2103 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145)! Bring your own food to eat during the game and we’ll see you there!
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.
We suggest you engage in these 4 elements as you discern your APEST vocation:
 Read through the brief descriptions of each APEST vocation below.
 Get feedback from a spiritual friend about where they see you in these vocations.
 Listen to this sermon on disciple-making and APEST.
 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.
PROPHETS – Expose 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.
EVANGELISTS – Invite 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.
SHEPHERDS – Guard 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.”
TEACHERS – Interpret 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.”
What does it look like to walk in the way of Jesus as a family? How can we create a sense of home that honors the best of where we come from and embraces the emerging challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st century?
Rhythm and other Miami churches are excited to partner together for an incredible workshop designed specifically for families living in the greater Miami area on Saturday, April 28.
Mark and Lisa Scandrette are co-founders of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice and the authors of Belonging & Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture. They lead an annual series of retreats, workshops, and projects designed to help participants apply spiritual wisdom to everyday life. For twenty-five years they have devoted themselves to creates community, offering hospitality, and inviting transformation in at-risk neighborhoods. They live in the Mission District of San Francisco and have three young adult children. Mark is also the author of Practicing the Way of Jesus and together they are coauthors of the book, FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most.
It’s easy to get stuck reacting to the unhelpful patterns in family life. And it’s tempting to mirror the default values of safety, security, self-focus, and material success that have characterized our culture. We know that simplistic, rule-based, and one-sized fits all approaches won’t work. Now more than ever, we need a vision for family that is creative, intentional, soulful, and globally aware.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you have children, hope to have children, parent solo or with a partner, your household can be a place of belonging and becoming, where each person feels safe, cared for and loved, and is supported to develop who they are for the good of the world.
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.
Rhythm is excited to have Mark Scandrette with us on April 29th. Mark is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice based in San Francisco, where he leads an annual series of retreats, Learning Labs and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into all aspects of life through shared practices and intentional community experiments. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Mark has written numerous books that can be found HERE.
Join us at 10:30 am on April 29th as Mark shares his own journey of raising a family in the urban core of San Francisco and what it can look like for a family to flourish in the way of Jesus.
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.
Wednesday, March 7 @ 6:15 pm
Leader: Esther Knicely
Wednesday, March 7 @ 6 pm
Leader: John & Lauren Fernandez
Wednesday, March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Leader: Terri Dewey & Marlene Riesco
Saturday, March 10 @ 9 am
Leader: Doug & Olivia Hale
Saturday, March 10 @ 10:30 am
Leader: Jen Estime
Tuesday, March 13 @ 6 pm
Leader: Matt Alexander
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!
Please RSVP HERE
GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Natalie Freitas, Jason Bean, Matt Alexander, Lauren Fernandez, and Liz Sastre
During the four weeks preceding Christmas, our church will be making a spiritual journey – a pilgrimage to the birth of Jesus. Join us at worship on Sunday mornings as we embark on this journey through worship and word together.
We encourage you to download this Advent Devotional Guide that our community is using. Each day has a Psalm, its own scripture passage, and then time to pray for others. We’ve written a few questions at the end of the guide to help us reflect on the daily passage and how we’re experiencing God during this season. Take a few minutes to work through these questions, and if journaling is helpful for you, write your answers down.