The Dinner Church Collective is a nation-wide community of mealtime missionaries spreading the word about a simple, effective and historic approach to starting new forms of church.
Dinner Church Collective grew out of a problem that Verlon and Melodee Foster were facing in Seattle. Their robust, storied 90-year-old church was dying a slow and quiet death.
With this gift of desperation, they began to experiment with new forms of Church. After a few missteps, they stumbled into a simple practice.
It was a practice that piqued the interest of non-Christians and Christians alike.
It was simple and affordable.
It was a practice Jesus used with his disciples.
It was a practice that the Church Fathers developed to reach and disciple believers across the ancient world.
A meal, music and message.
In the next few years, their church reorganized around these simple principles. They now gather in 10 locations in Seattle, around a warm meal and the stories of Jesus.
Soon, Verlon and Melodee found themselves hosting church leaders and missionaries from around the country.
As word got out, they something similar: simple, effective, and powerful mealtime gatherings that were growing into churches!
Likeminded gatherings already existed in places like Detroit and North Carolina. They found immediate camaraderie with Fresh Expressions US, a movement of pioneering churches, experimenting with new forms of Christian community, created for people who may never go to an established church.
In 2018, these new friends banded together to launch the Dinner Church Collective and train a new generation of mealtime missionaries.
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