Riza aims to create neighborhood gospel communities that practice contemplative spirituality, cultivate holistic community, and support the foster care community. We want to create committed Christian living communities where members experience the life of Christ together and through their practiced community become a witness to the watching world of the Kingdom of God.
Our experiential community membership is a low-commitment guided experience in Christian living. As an experiential community member, you will live together with other Riza community members and explore shared practices of prayer, community, and service. Riza leadership and covenant members will lead you and other experiential members through our Transformational Community learning experiences which will help you reflect on Christian community, your relationship to God, and how to live the Kingdom life.
Topics explored Transformational Community include:
Creating a Rule of Life
The Enneagram and Community
Conflict & Growth
Spiritual Gifts in Community
Spiritual Disciplines & Contemplative Spirituality
Riza intentional communities focus their service on the foster care community. We believe aiding foster youth and foster/adoptive families is one of the most concrete ways we can care for the most vulnerable among us and express the Kingdom of God. All Riza members are expected to contribute on some level to service in the foster care community. Experiential Community members will be required to participate in an act of service or support at least twice a year – though we welcome and encourage much more! Such service can include:
Help with child care
Concrete acts of service for foster families (household work, errands, cooking etc)
Mentoring for foster youth
Participation in a monthly Foster Support group
And other acts of service or care in the community
The experiential community membership is about making the experience of Christian community accessible to those of various commitment levels. As an ECM, you will be welcomed into the life of the larger neighborhood community where you can share practices of faith, community and service. A typical month in the neighborhood community will follow a rhythm of weekly gathering that might consist of the following:
1st Week – Riza Family Meal: a shared meal with other community members, followed by prayer and communion
2nd Week – Contemplative Prayer Night: an open gathering for the learning and practice of Christian contemplative practices
3rd Week – Riza Family Meal: a shared meal with other community members, followed by prayer and communion
4th Week – Transformational Community Experience: see above description
5th Week (quarterly) – Neighborhood Celebration: an open festive gathering where Riza invites neighbors and friends to a relaxed, fun atmosphere
Riza members intentionally live within walking distance of each other, so that we can also promote more informal, extended family kinds of relationships. Members can expect informal habits of connection, fun, and prayer that spring up organically from the community’s shared life.
Join the Community!
Take the first step in exploring your call to community by filling out our Contact Form.