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31
Mar
2014

The Value of a Trellis - Reflections from the Academy

The Value of a Trellis - Reflections from the Academy

At the closing of the Alaska cohorts' recent retreat, our brother, Jim Doepken, reflects on the value of a Rule of Life.  Read the original post here at his blog, Missional Field Notes.

An excerpt:

"I have been told that the word “rule” comes from the Greek word for “trellis.” So, as opposed to thinking of “rule” as a law or restriction, we can think of it as guideline, a structure on which to grow. Without a trellis for support, climbing vines and branches never reach their potential.  The same is true for us.  This rule of life can be changed as we find what “works” in our context.  But at this moment it’s something that provides some direction for growth.  And, frankly, any other group that adopts the same Rule of Life is going to come up with a community that could look and act and talk and be missional in a very different way. It’s not unlike the vines or flowers that may grow on a garden trellis year in and year out. They are going to look different. The trellis just gives them the form on which to grow. And there’s a value to that."

Photo: Trellis by Flickr User Pete Aston (Creative Commons)

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