WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE AS A NETWORK?
As a network we hold to the Scriptures as God's inspired word to us, and to the doctrines expressed through them as outlined in the Apostle's Creed.
WHAT DOES BEING A MEMBER OF THE 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
IS TABLE NETWORK A LICENSED NOT-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 HOUSE CHURCH NETWORK?
No. We are not a house church network, nor are we an attractional church network. Instead, we are network of people who—as part of the Church in the world—are focused on putting the function of the Church back in the hands of everyday people.
IS TABLE NETWORK 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.
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.
WHAT IS THE TABLE NETWORK’S MISSION?
To connect and empower people in the movement of Jesus.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE AS A NETWORK?
FREEDOM: The “finished” work of Jesus needs nothing else. In Him we are free to rest as we learn to wait, watch, and walk in the fruit He bears.
Aware of our perpetual love affair with performance we can measure, map, and manage, Jesus made a habit of employing the most shocking stories of unadulterated grace to send our personal empire 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 Publican simply knelt in the ruin of his own life. Pharisees and Publicans alike, we are all flawed, foolish, and frail in one way or another. This is why Jesus is good news. He does what no one else can—reconnecting us to God and rescuing us from ourselves. This dependence on him defines us and frees us to stop pretending we are impressive. 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.
FAMILY: The “church” is who we are in Jesus, not somewhere we go. Believing this frees us to love and disciple others to love and disciple others.
The mystery of the kingdom of God is like a dragnet being hauled to shore, catching everything in its path. It rejects nothing, Jesus said. One day this net will arrive on the beach, and in the meantime, we are free to be what we only are: a random sampling of the broken world that God has united Himself to in Christ. Capon was right, “to be the church and paint a picture of anything else would be false advertisement.” To believe in this indiscriminate grace that has made us family with God and one another, is to trust in the finished work of Jesus for those who haven’t yet believed; to value this grace is to see ourselves not as ushers, but as fellow guests at the table Jesus set before the world; and to live in this grace is to set a table for others to experience the freedom and family found in Him.
WHAT’S THE “WIN” FOR THE TABLE NETWORK, THE THING YOU MEASURE?
Availability, vulnerability, and hospitality. Without them, it’s hard to extend the freedom and family of Jesus among those uninterested in the church.
HOW DOES TABLE NETWORK DIFFER FROM OTHER CHURCH-PLANTING NETWORKS?
We see the need for new expressions of the Church, but we believe Scripture reveals these families form best out of the harvest through discipleship. We believe these efforts are not limited to trained leaders, and often can happen on an easier scale through the leadership of everyday people.