Soma Communities are a group of churches in the Tacoma, WA area who aspire living lives around six ‘rhythms’:
Admittedly, there is much that is appealing and praiseworthy about these rhythms, even worthy emulating. After all, who would really take issue that any of these six points is not worth pursuing in our lives and churches?
But there’s a problem. And it all comes down to one word: time.
You see, it takes time to do these things. It takes time to be the church. It takes time to reconfigure our lives, allowing them to be deeply shaped by the gospel. It takes time to develop relationships with our neighbors. It takes time to figure out what it means to be story-formed, celebrate, eat, listen, bless and recreate. Time, time, time.
And herein lies the problem. We are so perpetually busy living lives of busyness that it almost seems impossible to come up for an occasional breath of air. And so we live our lives, flitting from one thing to another, wondering why we are so discontent with the relationships within our churches and why little to no fruitful evangelism occurs. Life seems to be (indeed, really is) passing us by so fast. Relationships suffer and we increasingly live isolated, fragmented and lonely lives. Make no mistake, life is busy and demanding.
Amidst such busyness, demands and endless distractions, how do we reconfigure our lives around the gospel in relationship with people (both the church and the world)? Is it even possible (especially if one hasn’t had it modeled firsthand)?
I think it is possible, but it will take a lot of work, imagination, prayer and, well...time. Where do we begin?