The Rhythms of a Missional Church

The Crowded House is a family of church planting networks and our network is called The Edge Network. The Edge Network have adopted five rhythms (influenced by Soma Communities).The rhythms are an attempt to encapsulate what it means to live the ten core values of The Crowded House. The values can be a little abstract so the rhythms spell out what it looks like to practice them in ordinary life. Here they are:

Each week we respond to the identity that God gives to us in his grace by trying to B. L. E. S. S. others through what we do.

B. We bless
Each week we aspire to bless others in our Christian community and local neighbourhood in word, action or gift at least three times.

L. We listen
Each week we aspire to listen to God, looking for him to guide us through his word and Spirit. And we listen to people around us to understand their stories and the story of our culture.

E. We eat
Each week we aspire to eat or have a drink with people outside our immediate family at least three times, offering friendship and community.

S. We speak
Each week we aspire to tell people the story of Jesus and our story of Jesus, making Jesus a normal part of our conversations. And we speak to God through prayer, recognising our dependence on him in all things.

S. We sabbath
Each week we aspire to spend time in rest, praise, play, partying and creativity.

You’ll notice that together they spell the word ‘BLESS’.

Every month our three congregations gather together for what we call ‘Re:union’ and at the moment we are working through the rhythms. Each congregation has a rhythm ‘champion’ for the month who encourages people to think about and practice the rhythm we are looking at that month. The ‘champions’ then organise Re:union around the rhythm as a celebration of what we are doing. I produced a sheet for each rhythm to help the ‘champions’ shape the culturearound that rhythm. I’ll be posting these over the coming day.

9 thoughts on “The Rhythms of a Missional Church

  1. Interesting description of ‘sabbath’. Where could I find a greater explanation for your approach to ‘sabbath’?

    And is there a reason for the theme of doing things ‘three’ times?

    Thanks! Thought-provoking posts, as always!

  2. Hi Zac

    I’ll be unpacking each rhythm a bit more over the coming days. No great significance in the threes. It’s just an indicator of what it might look like in practice. More descriptive than prescriptive. We never police it!

    Tim

  3. I appreciate your making the rhythms memorable. We’ve struggled to do this. We too have been influenced by SOMA’s Identity and Rhythms. but this really encourages me to not give up! I’m looking forward to seeing you unpack each rhythm.

  4. We at DCC
    like the rhytms
    and then sleep as well :)

    I am thinking of experimenting with this with men who meet once a week at coffee shops in 3 different communities but also get together once a month (kind of a re:union). Look forward to your sheets to see if it can help …
    Thanks so much

  5. We at DCC
    like the rhythms
    and then sleep as well :)

    I am thinking of experimenting with this with men who meet once a week at coffee shops in 3 different communities but also get together once a month (kind of a re:union). Look forward to your sheets to see if it can help …
    Thanks so much

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  7. I was at the total church north. amer. conference and sat in on the soma presentation on gospel rhythms. I’ve been thinking about for our context ever since (in SD). Thanks for sharing this – great job on simplicity and memorability!

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