'Round the Table, a New Kind of Outreach

Now more than ever, it is clear that we as humans are social beings who thrive with face-to-face communion. We enjoy gathering around, say, a table for an evening. And we open up best in a relaxed social atmosphere.

 

So what if believers tapped into that nature by inviting their unsaved friends to a fun event-night with a gospel purpose? And what if that night was not a Bible study with an unrelated ice-breaker tacked on but an integrated experience, with the specific games played or the craft or food made intensionally chosen to lead into a Bible study that uses aspects of the night's activity to make transformative biblical concepts come to life?

 

Do we trust in the Holy Spirit's ability to draw hearts enough to abandon outdated soup-for-sermon or bait-and-switch approaches? Do we believe in the power of the gospel enough to give the lion's share of the evening to the activity and not belabor the Bible study, communicating one simple gospel concept? And do we have enough faith to make that spiritual conversation—the whole reason we organized this outreach—completely optional, even allowing a short break before it to allow people to leave after the activity without feeling awkward or judged? Do we dare?

 

We do...when we gather'Round the Table. English curriculum is in development and will be adapted and translated for use in Hungary starting in 2021–22.