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Missional Community series | Post #18

April 11, 2011

I often joked with the churches I was leading, “If you remove mountains and meals from the Bible, there’s not much left.”

So you’re probably heard many people talk about how crucial food and meals are to missional life and engagement. You can’t turn a page in the Gospels without Jesus eating a meal with someone. Eating with people at a common table is one of the best ways to form relational bonds.

That’s not really new information, is it?

But here’s a little tip for Missional Communities in relation to food.

Many MC leaders, when they have meals, feel the need to provide most of the food, snacks or beverages themselves. While they are demonstrating good hospitality in doing this and should definitely be done from time to time, we’re really losing an important opportunity. Paul, in 1st Corinthians 10-14, paints a picture of a spiritual extended family with everyone bringing something to the metaphorical spiritual table.

Why not move beyond the metaphor and have everyone bring food?

The way we’ve done it in many of our MCs is to say, “Everyone bring enough to feed your family +2 and we’ll all share the food.” The Baptists got this one right: Pot lucks are a great way to build a spirit of “everyone brings something, we aren’t consumers, we are providers.”

Everyone bringing food is one of those small but big things. It teaches a bigger lesson and creates a certain ethos.

Just a little tip.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Leah permalink
    April 11, 2011 4:06 pm

    You are so right with this! We’re starting a MC, and had been providing the food each week. Our group members actually kind of resented it. We switched over to pot luck, and although we can count on about half the group bringing dessert, it is a great feeling for everyone to contribute.

  2. April 11, 2011 5:33 pm

    When I lived in MN the state banned pot lucks because one lady got sick from one. I don’t know that anyone pays attention to the ban but it sure made for some great conversation over dinner.


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