The Table is Three Things

People often ask The Table and it’s been difficult to describe exactly. Are we a church? Are we a mission project? Yes and yes.

Back in the early days we needed to legally incorporate as a charity. There were a couple of choices. We could file as a Church or a Society. Andy and I both shrugged our shoulders and said “every church is a society of mission, but not every church sees themselves as a society of mission, so let’s file as a missionary society.” That was the day our clunky legal name The Table Missionary Society was born.

 
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It turned out to be accidentally brilliant. We always aimed towards more than a single parish, more than a single church. We’ve always wanted to be consistently and persistently on the move and on a mission. It has meant lots of risk, trial and error, desperate hope, radical prayer, and people growing deeper in faith in Jesus along the way.

It has also meant fumbling around for the right words to describe exactly who we are and what we do. We think we’ve finally settled on a sensible way to describe The Table.

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First of all, we are Ongoing Mission. What started as a small group of four 19-22 year olds turned into Table Victoria, a parish which is just over 8 years old. It is ongoing mission because it has never been static.

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Secondly, we are a New Mission Works. Table Peninsula.— 35-40 people ASA; 2 NTs; just getting going; also church planting apprentice working toward an MDiv who we’d like to send out to plant in a couple years.

Ongoing and New Works highly variable year-to-year, so it can be dizzying to count ASA.The main number we count are our leaders, and that’s the THIRD ELEMENT of who we are.

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Finally, and most importantly from our point of view, we are Leadership Development. From the very minute we set down in Victoria we’ve emphasize apprentices and leadership development. In the last year or two we’ve given it more structure a called it Kaleo, a call to Gospel formation.

We’ve set up Kaleo, a call to Gospel Formation. This is the THIRD ELEMENT of who we are. Basically, at it’s core, Kaleo is discipleship.


Prayer Update (Dec 2018)

 
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  • Both Katies suffer from ongoing chronic pain. Please pray for endurance and hope in the midst of pain and for some real solutions.

  • Both Katies are also discerning vocational shifts. Katie Withrow is looking to go back to teaching, which would mean more school. Katie Wilton is looking to get out of teaching, at least temporarily, which means needing a new job in September. Please pray for opportunity and wisdom.

 
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  • Our main measure for success (faithfulness and fruitfulness) is the development of our leaders. Please pray that they will greatly and deeply know their security in Christ. Pray that God will expose hidden idols, reveal Himself as trustworthy, give them confidence in His promises, and transform them by His Spirit.

  • Please pray for our community as a whole, that we would recognize that we are rich in Christ and that we would all be ready to share this wealth with those around us.

  • Please pray for several people who are on the verge of faith in Christ. Spirit, reveal the hope to them in Jesus!

  • Please pray especially for Table Peninsula, which is still trying to establish identity, visibility, and connections in a community that really is not interested in faith.

 
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  • As usual for this time of year, we need extra break even. We’ll need around 16k by the end of the year. Please pray for extra generosity from donors both inside and outside our community. (If you can help, click here.)

 

 

Thank you. We are radically dependant on God acting and moving. We like to think, strategize, and make plans but this mission absolutely depends on God working in the hearts and minds of people in invisible and surprising ways.

Please also let us know how we can be praying for you!

Send us prayer requests to prayer@tablechurch.ca

With great affection, in Christ,
Josh and Andy