“Spirituality” is a slippery word. Often it becomes very abstract and quite unrelated to our ordinary daily lives on the street, and most especially to those who suffer. What I value most about Tom and Adri-Marie and their work with Rhythm of Life is their relentless and thoughtful commitment to help us to follow Christ in the midst of everyday life in South Africa. They help us in very practical and accessible ways to bring our lives and our faith together in more life-giving ways. I commend their work to you warmly and with much gratitude for their faithfulness to the Gospel.
Rhythm of life helped our congregation to put our vision into action. It not only made our vision more practical for our members but also the Gospel. We can be the “church” just where we are at our workplace, school, we can connect everywhere we are.
At the Foundation for a Safe South Africa (founded by Roelf Meyer) we employ the Rhythm of Life teaching tool to great effect, working with unemployed youths from disadvantaged areas. We found that the Rhythm can be very useful to teach leadership and mentoring, also in cross cultural contexts.
“Yes, but how?” was and is probably our community’s most popular (and needed) response to any teaching or input with regards to the Gospel and our imperative to live it.We found in the culture of our community that this question exists because of a tremendous (and frightening) lack of a common spirituality; the way in which we embody our teaching and theology.
Rhythm of Life has been valuable beyond measure for us in creating and imagining a shared spirituality for our community, and it also gave us the right and meaningful tools to move together as a community of faith.
We also love the fact that our children find it equally easy to use and make it part of their imagination, that is a double win for us! Rhythm for the win!!
I found that the Rhythm of Life model can be used equally well from within a religious or secular paradigm, since the principles are timeless and the truths universal.
As elders, working mostly with young adults, we were searching for a method of studying and applying God’s Word that connected head, heart and hands. Our frustration was that our small group discussions were regularly dominated by intellectual conversations which helped little to make people better followers of Jesus in real life. Working with the rhythms gave us tools to challenge and start changing this and although we still have a way to go, “small groups” are turning into “life groups” which is great!