Being a Christian is a lifelong process of coming to know and trust Jesus Christ and a steady (sometimes unsteady) growth in obedience and wisdom. In a word, it is being a disciple.
We welcome anyone who is interested in exploring the Christian faith and longs to grow in depth of discipleship and who is prepared to journey with others in a quest for a life-changing faith.
Drawing inspiration from the The Community of St Chad, we seek to be an expression of modern-day monasticism. Drawn from a range of young adults from different backgrounds, with a diverse and dispersed membership, the Vitalise community is united in a common commitment to a spiritual lifestyle that is shaped by five Rhythms of Grace, and, for those who wish, by participation in a Spiritual Companionship Group or other Small Group.
The five Rhythms are not rules that dictate how people behave, but rather a starting point for a process of self-examination that can help us to understand who we are, and what we need to do to grow as disciples of Christ. With each rhythm, two or three suggestions are offered as examples:
Rhythm One: Resolve to speak and act positively
- Focus your thoughts on what is right, pure, lovely and admirable. (Phil 4:8)
- Try to be honest in all you say and do.
- Do a ‘covet’ check on your life.
Rhythm Two: Ask the Holy Spirit to be present and active in your life
- Before you read the Bible, pray that the Holy Spirit will make the words come to life.
- Look at the spiritual gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-11. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what new gifts you might receive.
Rhythm Three: Set aside time for prayer, worship and spiritual reading
- Read a passage from the Bible each day. Pray for at least ten minutes each morning or evening. .
- Read a Christian book, or watch a video, that will encourage, inspire or challenge you.
Rhythm Four: Endeavour to be a gracious presence in the world, serving others and working for justice
- Undertake acts of generosity without being asked.
- Get involved in a community initiative that will help others.
- Oppose inequality and injustice whenever you encounter it.
Rhythm Five: Sensitively share my faith with others: participating in God’s Mission both locally and globally
- Ask God to give you the courage to share your faith.
- Look for opportunities to explain what you believe to close friends or relatives.
- Get involved in a world-mission initiative. Offer prayerful, practical or financial support.</li