TABLE VALUES

Encountering jesus

Clearing a path for finding Jesus and being in the presence of God is the priority at the Table as demonstrated by …

We regularly encounter Jesus at the Lord’s Table and at all of our Tables where his name is regularly spoken.

We regularly encounter Jesus at the Lord’s Table and at all of our Tables where his name is regularly spoken.

· Being dedicated to removing any barriers that keep us and our friends from experiencing the mercy, grace, and love of Jesus

· Creating space in our Family Table gatherings for participation in worship and prayer

· Offering friends at our Family Table gatherings to simply observe and reflect during the worship time, as they explore what it means to follow Jesus

· Explaining what we do and why we do the kind of liturgy and worship we do at our gatherings

· Embracing the questions and concerns that are crucial to a real and vibrant pursuit of faith in Jesus (read: we’re not afraid of your questions or doubts, because Jesus isn’t)

Extending family

The gathered church is defined for us as God’s family on mission together as demonstrated by our commitment to …

We don’t necessarily call each other “brother” or “sister,” but we act like it!

We don’t necessarily call each other “brother” or “sister,” but we act like it!

· Creating space for everyone to find a spot at our Tables

· Helping each person who finds a place at our Tables find their role in God’s family

· Reminding each other that we are all created in God’s image – those who have been in churches often and those God misses the most

· Painting a picture of belonging through shared meals and beverages at our Tables

Forming worship

We tend to reflect what we worship. In other words, we are deeply formed by the people, things, and ideas that demand our time and attention – for better and for worse. We desire to be shaped by the God who created us as demonstrated by our commitment to …

Lighting the candles during Advent helps us form our lives around God’s great story of love.

Lighting the candles during Advent helps us form our lives around God’s great story of love.

· Regarding reconciliation with God through communion as central to our Lord’s Table gathering

· Providing resources for devotion to God

· Creating simple worship guides for each of our Table communities

· Embracing service as a form of worship that helps others and shapes our lives

· Promoting materials that are simple, reproducible, and life-giving

· Creating space in our gathering for learning how to rest in God’s presence

· Embracing Scripture as the main source of truth to help lead us into a life of following Jesus

· Using the church calendar as a guide to help orient our lives around the life of Jesus

Multiplying hospitality

As we set our tables to taste delicious drinks and meals, we expect that together we’ll also taste and see that Jesus is good as we encounter compassionate eyes, listening ears, and loving hearts in one another as demonstrated by our commitment to …

Multiplying hospitality starts with listening ears and compassionate eyes. And food, of course.

Multiplying hospitality starts with listening ears and compassionate eyes. And food, of course.

· Considering Family Table, Community Table, and Lord’s Table gatherings as equally important

· Affirming one another as we seek to extend our own tables to our neighbors and friends

· Forming groups to set-up new Tables (Family, Community, and Lord’s) in the neighborhoods where clusters of us live

· Providing mentoring and resources to new Table facilitators

· Innovating in the way we open up our Tables (read: they don’t all have to look the same – we want each Table to reflect the interests of the Table gatherers and their neighbors and friends)

Embracing simplicity

Weaving its way through all of our values is the idea that if we want every member of our “extending church family” to be able participate, we need to live our lives and plan our Tables in a way that allows everyone to play. The idea that our way of living and meeting should be simple doesn’t need to mean simplistic. Embracing simplicity is demonstrated by our commitment to …

We strive to make set-up and tear-down a simple and fluid process that doesn’t wear us all down!

We strive to make set-up and tear-down a simple and fluid process that doesn’t wear us all down!

· Utilizing worshipful liturgies (worship materials) that others have created

· Creating templates for Kids Table and Family Table that can be led by many of us

· Always ask the question, “why should we do this?” If the answer is “we always have,” that usually won’t fly :)

· Not taking on ministries and programs that others are doing nearby or are doing better