Practical Meal Tips for Large Gatherings
Food is important for missional living. Seriously. It's not that you can't pursue God's mission without eating with someone, but the concept of sharing a meal shares so much with the concept of reaching out to another person. We all eat 21 meals each week. We could share a handful of those meals with anyone. Sitting down for a meal is a great way to share the goodness of life and the details of your specific lives with another person. It's a celebratory act that puts us face to face with other people in a level environment.
And as we gather with our church family and with our friends and neighbors, food can serve the same purpose in that larger setting. In our social gatherings, we're starting with meal and inviting people to be blessed by the food itself and by the shared interactions we experience during that meal.
But sharing a meal in these settings means preparing a whole lot of food. And the world of large-meal-preparation is likely unfamiliar to you. So our own Christina Walton, who has years and years of experience in hosting meals for small (and not so small) group gatherings, has created a site where she shares recipes, ideas, and tips for hosting large gatherings over a meal. If you find yourself hosting such a gathering, you'll probably want to check this site: