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The Diffner Family Mission and Rhythms

Families – here’s a great example of a concise, clear articulation of one family’s mission and rhythms. Thanks Team Diffner! – Jeremy

By Jason Diffner

I feel like it is time to publish the Diffner Family Mission and Rhythms.

MISSION:

The Diffner family:

1. Reproduces Kingdom families;

2. Equips family members to fulfill their Kingdom calling;

3. As descendents of father Abraham, seeks to become a strong multi-generational tribe for God’s Kingdom.

As simple as the sentences are, this family mission statement was a year in the making. It would take an afternoon, at least, to unpack the meaning and implications. The whole family (sans Justus) can repeat it by heart now. We train in it on Sabbath.

FAMILY RHYTHMS:

The Hebrew Bible has become our primary source for family rhythms. For an in depth exposition of why this is so, read this. Note — rhythms do not exhaust family training. The bulk of training is in the comings and goings of life as taught in Deuteronomy 6. Rhythms provide the structure.

Weekly Rhythms:

  • Shabbat (Sabbath).  Starts with Saturday evening Shabbat liturgy around dinner with family. Also serves as Lord’s Supper around the family table. Sunday is day of rest and time with family.
  • Gathering. 1 Corinthians 14 corporate worship and edification with local church-body-family. Currently Sunday mornings.
  • Foundational Discipleship Training. Story-formed Life current tool.
  • Dinner with Kingdom-partner family (usually bi-weekly in practice).

Daily Rhythms:

  • After dinner at table. Catechetical training with boys. Currently going through a children’s version of Westminster Shorter Catechism. Once done with that, plan on working through memorization of core-family-identity Scripture passages.
  • Evening/8 o’clock hour. Family worship. 40 minutes Bible reading and spontaneous training from text. 20 minutes of either worship or prayer, alternated every other night.
Annual Rhythms:
  • Passover
  • Pentecost
  • Sukkot
A Concluding Note

A word to fathers. Training your family in the multigenerational-family-team-building ways of father Abraham is the most effective long-term Kingdom investment you can make.

Regarding the Kingdom, there is no neutral ground in the world.

God still deals with nations and cultures. Apart from extended grace or radical repentance, a judgment seems inevitable in the West. As we once enjoyed a culture with a greater measure of the Kingdom of God, the fault for the decline of the West is laid at the feet of an abandonment of God’s ways among his people (particular fathers), rather than on the ungodliness of unbelievers.

After the judgment, should it come, will Christian families return to seeking the Kingdom of God in advancing against the gates currently under sway of the enemy? There is no neutral ground.