Dinner Church  Encounter - Cape Coral Florida

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Dinner Church Encounter - Cape Coral Florida

A Dinner Church training event to equip and inspire people to launch a mission to reach people with Good News imparted at a meal .

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Grace Church 13 SE 21st Place Cape Coral, FL 33990

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  • 6 hours
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Leaders all across the country are rediscovering Jesus' dinner table theology that dominated the Apostolic Era. The present-day Dinner Church movement is giving leaders and churches a renewed ability to reach people who would never attend their Sunday morning gatherings.

A Dinner Church Encounter is a 1-day training event, beginning with the rich theological history of the dinner church vision, and progresses throughout the day toward more practical insights that would enable a leader or group to imagine hosting a Dinner Church in their own community. 

Training Day Schedule

  • 9:00am - Welcome & Session 1
  • 10:00am - break
  • 10:05am - Session 2
  • 11:05am - break
  • 11:15am - Session 3
  • 12:15pm - Lunch Break
  • 1:15pm - Sessions 4
  • 2:15pm - Break
  • 2:30pm - Q & A & closing

Our Speakers and Presenters...

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Dr. Verlon Fosner leads an innovative network of Dinner Churches in Seattle Washington. In 2008, they opened up their first Dinner Church in a sore neighborhood and immediately the room began to fill up with more never-been-churched people than they had seen in years. Soon they were opening up one after another throughout Seattle neighborhoods on different nights of the week, and the results were the same as the first one. They now pour into numerous neighborhoods throughout their city each week with a simple idea – that Jesus still wants to have dinner with sinners and wants his church to set the table.

It soon became obvious that they were not the only ones who needed a new way of doing church. So in 2014, so they founded coaching network centered on Jesus’ dinner table theology (check out: DinnerChurch). Presently, Verlon offers more than half of his time to help leaders throughout the country look at their cities and neighborhoods with new eyes.

In 2016, Verlon joined the Fresh Expressions leadership team and began offering training and conference events:Encounters, Launch Cohorts, and even a graduate program; Dinner Church School of Leadership

Verlon has written several books: Dinner Church, Dinner Church Handbook, Welcome to Dinner, Church and Trowel & Sword (with Jon Davis) which reveals prayer-practices needed for the frontlines of evangelism. Verlon has been married to Melodee for 40 years, and together they have three adult children, seven grandchildren, a variant collection of grand-foster-kids, and two grand-dogs.

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Heather Evans is the Director of Reach, Send, and Fresh Expressions at Grace Church in Cape Coral, Florida. There she oversees multiple Fresh Expressions of church and leads a team of amazing volunteers who take church into the neighborhood in a variety of ways with people from all walks of life. Heather consults with people and congregations on Fresh Expressions and specifically Dinner Church. Heather is passionate about Dinner Church. She launched Eat Pray Love dinner church in the 2nd largest trailer park in the United States in 2016. Since then, EPL has spread to 3 different locations weekly, each in its own unique context. In 2019, Heather led the Florida Conference Dinner Church Initiative in partnerships with Verlon Fosner and Fresh Expressions. This initiative saw 55 new dinner churches take shape that year! Heather and her husband Rod live in Florida and have four grown children.

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The Rev. Jon Davis, Ph.D. coordinates major Fresh Expression events, training and resources for the Dinner Church Collective and is a mission strategist and trainer on the Fresh Expressions team. He is an Episcopal priest serving as the part-time Vicar of Christ Church in Cedar Key, Florida. He has expertise in youth ministry, worship and liturgy (PhD dissertation), church growth and planting, missions and more. He is an engaging speaker, writer, worship leader and ministry trainer. He and his wife Beth live on a little farm in Oviedo, Florida with a horses, dogs, cats, chickens and other critters.