FAQ

What do you believe as a network?

As a network, we hold to the doctrines expressed in the Apostle's Creed in general, and specifically to the following:  

  • About Christ / FREEDOM - Aware of our perpetual love affair with performance, Jesus made a habit of employing the most shocking stories of unadulterated grace to send our personal empires of progress tumbling down, brick by brick. The Pharisee who went to the Temple to pray found his tower of self-righteousness was as good as toppled, while the Tax-Collector simply knelt in the ruin of his own life. Religious fanatics and outcasts alike, we are all flawed, foolish and frail in one way or another. This is why Jesus is good news. He has done what no one else can—rescuing us from ourselves and reconnecting us to God and each other. This dependence on Him defines us. We call it grace, an invitation out of the exhausting madness of trying to hide the junk of our lives. We are free to be nothing in Christ.

 

  • About Church / FAMILY - The mystery of the kingdom of God is like a dragnet being hauled to shore, catching every single thing in its path. It rejects nothing, Jesus said. One day this net will arrive on the beach, and there the angels, not us, will determine what is and what is not. In the meantime, we are free to be what we are: a random sampling of the broken world that God has united Himself to in Christ. Robert Capon was right, “to be the church and paint a picture of anything else would be false advertisement.” We are free to rest in the One who is our life; free to recognize all who believe as family, and free to set a table—right where we are—to welcome those who haven’t yet believed—just as they are. This is being the Church, the “body of Christ” in the world.

  • About Change / FORMATION - We are conditional creatures. Our mantra is: “Do this and you will get this.” But only because we love the allure of control that lies in these transactions. We want a life sight—not faith; a life that’s about here—not hope in a place to come; a life that offers lists to assure we’re okay—not a way of love that doesn’t compute. One is tidy, the other is messy. But only one is the life God has actually given us. Like branches on a Vine, we exist in the hands of a Vinedresser who vowed to make Himself known through us. Transformation is His work, not ours. He promised to complete it. To take Him at His word is to find the freedom to ditch the project-of-self for the life He has given us in Christ. We are free to rest as we learn to walk.

What does being a member of the Table Network entail?

  • Receive - Members find a family they can learn from and lean on, along with free access to all the resources we have for the road ahead.

  • Live - Members are first and foremost practitioners who are connecting and empowering others in the movement of Jesus.

  • Support - Like the ancient Church seen in the Scriptures, we all give a little to help empower a movement of change beyond any of our local contexts.

What does "success" look like in what you do as a network?

Availability, vulnerability, and hospitality. Without them, it’s hard to extend the freedom and family of Jesus to those you love, especially those uninterested in what has become "church."

Are you a licensed non-for-profit ministry?

Yes. All donations to the network are tax-deductible, and through ministry partnerships, we are able to provide partnered church families and or ministries with a non-profit covering if needed.

Are you a part of a denomination?

No. That said, we do partner with some denominations who are wanting to re-imagine the movement of Jesus in light of the religion they were handed.

Does the network offer ordination or non-profit status to members?

Yes. One of the beautiful things about the Church is how, through the “priesthood” of every believer, everyone in Jesus is a minister. But in some places, due to various laws, we work with our Partners to provide an official non-profit status, connection to insurance, and/or ordination status to those in need.

How does the Table Network differ from other ministry networks?

We empower every believer, not just leaders. Why? There is a great need for new expressions of the Church (house, micro, mega, liturgical, attractional, missional), but 70% of society has no interest in any of these forms. To meet them where they are means: 1) seeing them as people to love, not projects to assimilate; 2) spending our time BEing the Church among them in the everyday flows of life; 3) re-centering spiritual formation around tables (a place every culture understands), and 4) inviting people to use their finances to serve others. We believe these efforts are not limited to trained leaders, and often can happen on an easier scale through the leadership of everyday people. In fact, by empowering every believer, we are seeing disciples made who are making disciples and forming new Church families among those who have no interest in "church." 

Where does your name come from?

With Jesus, we find the table was never the end goal of an evening but rather a conduit to something else, to something mysterious that turns meals into occasions and lifts eating beyond nourishment to friendship. In this simple, everyday place, the barriers between the church and the world break down.

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

© 2019 Table Network

Site created by Winsome