“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.
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!