The contemporary practice of dinner church began just a decade ago, but is growing quickly, as Kendall Vanderslice wrote last January.
Recent developments of note include:
Kendall Vanderslice‘s forthcoming book on the dinner church movement now has a title and a publication date. We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God is expected out from Eerdmans in May 2019. Her book explores a range of denominations, geographic locations, sizes, and methods of doing dinner church, all united around the desire to see healing take place around the table.
In late August, the Dinner Church Collective announced a new website, resources and network at www.dinnerchurch.com. The website reaches both mainline and evangelical church institutions. It is offered as a ministry of Fresh Expressions US and is under the leadership of the Rev. Verlon Fosner, who founded Community Dinners in Seattle.
Today, the Rev. Bud Tillinghast turned over the reins on the Dinner Church Facebook page. In a Facebook post today he announced he is handing over management and leadership of the page to the Rev. Emily Scott. He wrote, “I am pleased to announce that Emily Scott, founder of likely the original contemporary Dinner Church, St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, NY, is bringing together a core of leaders from other Dinner Churches. She will be the new administrator. I will leave it to her to spell out the new direction that the Dinner Church Movement pages will go. There is no one better equipped to take the dinner church movement to its next level than Emily.”
A cadre of dinner church planters and practitioners has been gathered. In her inaugural post Emily shared, “I’m thrilled to bring together a group of church planters and Dinner Church practitioners to administer this group together. You’ll be hearing from Zach Harrison Kerzee at Simple Church in Grafton, MA, Rachel Nance Woehler at Potluck Church of Madisonville, Ky.., Amy Wulbecker Dolan at Sunday Supper Church in Chicago, and Lenny Duncan at Jehu’s Table in Brooklyn. Plus a few others who are still jumping on board!”