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Your First Dinner Church

Step-by-Step Recipe for Starting a Table-Centric Gathering

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Any congregation can start a Dinner Church, but it is easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged when trying something new. Congregations that successfully launch and maintain a Dinner Churches often face similar roadblocks. In this Resilient Church Academy Track, you'll learn basic steps you need to help your congregation understand, launch and grow a new table-centric expression of Church.


  • Mondays from 2pm-4pm Eastern
  • Sept 19 / 26 / Oct 3
  • Presenters: Jon Davis & J.D. Larson


Sept 19 - Session 1:

Starting a Dinner Church - gaining an understanding context, theology, history, casting vision and prayer.

Sept 26 - Session 2:

Navigating logistics, details, design, building a team what you need to launch a table centric church.

Oct 3 - Session 3:

Dinner Church Stories to equip, inspire, encourage and support the Dinner Church Journey.


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Rev. Jon Davis PhD is a known and recognized leader in the Episcopal Church. He served as Canon for Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Central Florida; training youth workers; initiating local, national and international missions and conferences. Jon is a successful church planter starting Church of the Incarnation / Oviedo, Florida in 2006 which grew from 6 people to an average Sunday attendance of 130+ in 2 years. He most recently served as the Executive Director of Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center during which he lead Canterbury back from the brink of collapse to a strong, sustainable and growing ministry. He is now on staff with Fresh Expressions. In January of 2020 Jon became the part-time Vicar of historic Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Key, Florida; a church beginning it’s own Fresh Expressions journey and mission. He is a sought after, dynamic and engaging speaker, writer, worship leader and ministry trainer.

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J.D. Larson is a Mission Strategist and Coach with Fresh Expressions. He and his wife, ChristianAnn, co-pastor a Dinner Church called North City Church in Minneapolis. North City is currently working to open a second Dinner Church and has helped other churches in their area. J.D. previously served as an Executive Pastor at Mill City Church and graduated from Bethel Seminary with a M.Div. He and his wife have three kids and a cocker spaniel who all love the outdoors and good food.