SPIRITUAL FORMATION

It’s easy to count numbers in a church setting.  It’s much harder to quantify growth - especially our own spiritual growth as people who want to be like Jesus. Our mother church, Renew Communities has adopted helpful practices for followers of Jesus to grow into their calling and to identify as followers of Jesus.  We’ve adopted and adapted the same practices for those who have claimed their chair at Table. These marks are referred to as the “Rhythms of Renewal” with “R.E.N.E.W.” as the acronym. When the full word “RENEW” is spelled out in our lives on a regular basis, we can celebrate our growth as followers of Jesus and measure whether we are living into the values of Table.

Read
We have been given a wonderful gift from God in the form of the Bible. We press into it to learn about God, ourselves, our world and the mission Jesus modeled and passed onto each of us. We read, memorize and meditate on it daily.

Practice: Spend time daily reading, memorizing, and meditating on the Bible. We explore various ways to do this at our Family Table gatherings and Lord’s Table gatherings.  Ask yourself what the Scripture is saying and how it applies to your life and the lives of those around you. Pray that God would work in your life according to what you’ve read that day.

Eat
Eating together has been a central Christian practices since the beginning of our movement. It fosters fellowship, community and creates an invitation to share life as we share a table with others.  This practice is built into our name, Table!

Practice: Eat at least 1 meal (or you can share coffee, dessert, etc.) with others this week in addition to the weekly meal shared at your Family Table or Community Table gatherings.

Neighboring
Every Christian is a missionary sent to carry the Hope (yes, Jesus again) we’ve found back to the places we live, work and play. We do this by actively loving our neighbors – those we are living next to (starting at home, and extending into the workplace, school, the gym etc.) – through intentional blessing and sharing with them the hope we have found in Christ.

Practice: I will ask myself once daily (in places of life intersection) “who has God sent me to love” and how can I share the hope I’ve found in Christ with my neighbors.

Empower
The Hebrew for “blessing” (barak) means “to empower to strength”.  We seek to pass God’s blessing on to others through words of affirmation, acts of kindness and tangible gifts.


Practice: I will bless three people this week – at least one of whom is not yet following Jesus.


Wait
We believe that God wants to speak to us, and we believe that we are capable of listening. We do not confine him to any particular medium, but we actively wait for his voice wherever and whenever He speaks.  This active waiting time is a great place in which our prayers are formed.


Practice: I will set aside regular time weekly in a posture of waiting to listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice.  I will begin by deliberately practicing this waiting in the silent times we always have at Lord’s Table and Family Table gatherings.