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Transition & Transformation

October 9th, 2019

Rhythm Team

After 9 years of being an expression of God’s church in Miami, Rhythm’s Guidance Team has discerned that the Spirit is leading Rhythm to transition to closing in the fall of 2019. The Guidance Team has sought out guidance, prayer, and resourcing from the two networks Rhythm belongs to (Ecclesia and V3) as well as other outside leaders who have experience in church transitions. We are deeply thankful for the 9 years of faithful and fruitful ministry God has blessed Rhythm with and the hundreds of people who have been impacted by our community.

On Sunday, October 6 the Guidance Team shared with Rhythm about the journey of discernment for the congregation closing. Whenever a church closes there is always a mixture of sadness and thankfulness. It is vital to embrace the sadness and grieve the loss well, but at the same time thank God for what he has done and look forward with vision and hope.

So every Sunday between now and November 17, we will gather as usual to worship, pray, spend time together, and share the Eucharist. But we’re also going to do a lot of storytelling – sharing stories will help us to process the change and celebrate what God has done. We will also be looking at Scriptures that speak to transitions and the transformation God wants to bring in our lives as a result.

We encourage anyone who considers Rhythm to be their home church to proactively engage and “lean in” during this unique season. If you would like more information about the Guidance Team’s discernment around this decision then you can download the Common Questions document.

Bahamas Relief

September 9th, 2019

Rhythm Team

We remember our neighbors in the Bahamas after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. As an active response to love our neighbors, please consider donating and supporting through the Community Emergency Operations Efforts, a Miami-based grassroots organization working closely with Bahamian partnerships.

Community Emergency Operations Efforts will be accepting the above listed donations through Tuesday, September 10th at 5120 NW 24th Avenue, Miami, 33142 between the hours of 11 am- 6 pm. You may also make a secure donation online at mthsmile.com. Questions? Email lauren@rhythmmiami.com.

Hurricane Dorian

August 29th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Due to worsening conditions of the weather caused by Hurricane Dorian, we are canceling our regular Sunday morning worship for September 1 @ 10:30 am.

If you need help with hurricane shutters or anything else, you can contact Matt or Lauren. Please prepare well and stay safe.

Dialogue Video

June 27th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm Dialogue | Holistic Healing

 

Episode 1.5

Rhythm is currently in a teaching series called “Love in Public” where we’re exploring what the Bible and Jesus says about justice. In this video, Matt and Lauren interview Nadia Porter from Glory House about seeing Jesus bring miraculous healing to people caught in the sex industry.

About Rhythm Dialogue: Conversation and dialogue seems to be a dying art in many places. We’re trying to cultivate authentic togetherness in Miami through conversation and community. The topics we discuss come from real questions people ask us or areas of faith that we are currently exploring in Rhythm.

If you have a question or idea to contribute, let us know!

Check out other Rhythm Dialogue videos!

Rhythm Dialogue

June 6th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm Dialogue | Charity vs. Justice

 

Episode 1.3

Rhythm is currently in a teaching series called “Love in Public” where we’re exploring what the Bible and Jesus says about justice. Matt, Lauren, and Tommy talk in this video about the difference between charity and justice. We need both expressions at work and kingdom entrepreneurs who start new initiatives in Miami.

About Rhythm Dialogue: Conversation and dialogue seems to be a dying art in many places. We’re trying to cultivate authentic togetherness in Miami through conversation and community. The topics we discuss come from real questions people ask us or areas of faith that we are currently exploring in Rhythm.

If you have a question or idea to contribute, let us know!

Check out other Rhythm Dialogue videos!

Stations of the Cross

April 3rd, 2019

Rhythm Team

Come walk through the traditional Stations of the Cross, but in a very non-traditional way on Friday, April 19. This is a contemplative and interactive journey with Jesus to the cross through the Coral Way neighborhood. The journey begins in our worship space (5th floor) where you can pray and receive a written guide before walking through the Stations. The Stations will be available 3:00-6:30 pm and usually takes an hour to complete.

Garage parking will not be available at this time, so plan to find street parking in the residential area near the building.

Whole-Life Formation

August 31st, 2018

Rhythm Team

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. October and November’s practice is Spiritual Friendship.

Spiritual Friendship description and guide

We encourage you to try out the practice, discuss the experience with others, and experience the life of God.

MC Hub

July 20th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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 October 28th. Please contact Lauren to let us know you can attend and let us know if you’ll need childcare!

Public Worship Time Change

July 11th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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!

APEST

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

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON APOSTLES

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

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON PROPHETS

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

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON EVANGELISTS

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

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON SHEPHERDS

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

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON TEACHERS

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.”

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