In the New Testament the word “leader” is generally avoided. The apostle Paul refrained from elevating himself over others and instead used terms like “co-laborer” and “coworker” (1 Corinthians 3:9; Philippians 2:25). Christian leadership is not intended to be a one-man band, with a solitary figure declaring from a pulpit or office, with everyone else as spectators. Instead the New Testament writers used the term “servant” or “service” to identify people in leadership.
When we read the New Testament we also see a consistent pattern where specific individuals and groups of people are called out and empowered to lead the community in specific ways (Acts 6:1-7; Acts 13:1-3; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 3:1-13). So there is a need for leadership in the church, but it always looks like humble servanthood and takes on the posture of sacrificial love.
In Rhythm, our hope is to have multiple layers of servant leadership in Rhythm. Our aim is to share the weight of leading our expression of the Body of Christ and for everyone to be empowered to play their unique part. Whenever possible we want to lead in teams, sharing the mission of God together. A shared leadership helps us embrace mutual accountability, sharing power, and relationship-based discernment.
The daily ministry and community life of Rhythm is overseen by a team of pastors and staff. This team works to equip the church to participate in God’s mission together.
Rhythm is led and shepherded by the Guidance Team. The Guidance Team provides spiritual alignment, organizational oversight, pastoral supervision, and cultivation of our unique vision. This team keeps Rhythm following Christ, living out the values of the kingdom, and led by the Spirit.
The Vowed Community functions as the “covenant members” of Rhythm. In the Scriptures, a covenant represented a sacred promise that was made between God and an individual (or community of people). The commitment of this leadership layer is covenantal in nature – a significant promise to follow Jesus with the Rhythm community. The Vowed Community is specifically entrusted to act as the key stakeholders of Rhythm and participate in communal discernment as necessary. More information can be found about this group here.
V3 and Ecclesia
Rhythm is an independent, non-denominational church but we are also directly networked with the larger Body of Christ. Our primary associations are with the Ecclesia Network and the V3 Church Planting Movement. Both of these networks are diligently working to support, resource, and train missional leaders and churches throughout North America and have been significant allies for Rhythm in our journey.