Rhythms for MC Life

“Apart from me, you can do nothing.”  (Jesus)

That’s pretty clear.  It is part of a teaching found in John 15.  There, Jesus emphasizes te need for a disciple to find rest in Jesus.  We have to “abide” or “remain” in him – in Jesus – or we won’t accomplish anything.   Of course,  he includes a wonderful teaching on how to do that.  He talks about a vine and vine dresser – seasons of growth and pruning back, seasons of productivity and idleness.  You can learn more in our write up on the discipleship tool we call “The Semi-Circle”  (It’s one of the Life Shapes developed by 3DM.)

Based on this, the FCMC Stewards adopted an annual rhythm for MC life.

Building on the Semi-Circle, we begin from rest.  To be productive, our strategy should be to work from our rest.  So we’re about to enter a restful time – followed by a productive time.  Rest, by the way, doesn’t mean inactivity.  It simply means different, renewing activity.

This is an idea of the rhythm we hope to adopt:

  • Restful: June – Early August
  • Productive: August – November
  • Restful: Thanksgiving – Early January
  • Productive: Mid January – Early June

These are the sort of Restful Activities we’ll engage in:

  • Retreats (Best toward the end of a restful time)
  • Mission Trips.
  • Leadership development and enrichment.
  • Weekly/Bi-weekly gatherings, mainly for prayer and fellowship.

Productive Activities

  • Weekly/Bi-Weekly Weekly gatherings for active training in discipleship
  • Mission engagement (hands-on, face-to-face)
  • Periodic healing services
  • Inviting neighbors to activities
  • Planning Meetings

During all seasons, we will…

  • Gather for Worship to celebrate what God is doing on the First Coast!


About Pastor Jesse

I am someone loved by Jesus - a disciple, husband, father, pastor, and engineer. God has a mission and invites us into it. I want to do my part to encourage and equip people for life on that mission!
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