“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up….Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” – Jesus, in Matthew 18:20
“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.” – Luke 10:1
Church-of-x (COx) groups are not limited to, but minimally include, two people. (We sometimes refer COx groups as CO2, CO3, CO4, CO6, etc. groups, depending on the number involved). Trinity Canton’s COx groups have been inspired by the ministry of the Luke 10 Community (www.lk10.com) from whom TC has learned so-called “Rhythms of Attention” that are intentionally practiced in our COx‘s. A COx involves two or more people coming together to listen to one another and to listen to Jesus. We do this both in person and virtually via Zoom. Thus, we can connect near or far, from wherever we may live. Paying attention to one another, appreciation, and prayer are just some of the skills practiced in COx groups, which support the habit of “attuning” ourselves to each other and to God’s movement in, through and around us. By adopting a listening posture, we learn together how to share our most valuable asset with one another: our attention.
If you are interested, please download TC’s CO2 guide here. You may also want to listen to three podcasts, recorded in Spring 2021, about the “power” of giving attention to others, sharing appreciation stories, and listening to God.
Transformation toward spiritual and emotional maturity is very difficult and very slow when pursued in isolation. We, like the Triune God, are created to live, grow and flourish in community. COx’s facilitate the process of spiritual formation by creating small hesed communities that become the building blocks for the church. (Hesed is the Hebrew term similar in meaning to the Greek word agape, referring to attachment love–the kind of of love that grounds us and bonds us to God and to one another.) Such healthy, vibrant small communities contribute to the health and stability of the larger church family. COx’s nurture and strengthen the love bonds necessary for the church to effectively live out the following:
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” – Romans 12:15
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35
We are grateful to the ministry of the Luke 10 community, from whom we have learned the Rhythms of Attention practiced in our COx’s!
Let us know (email@example.com) if you are interested in getting involved in a COx group!