there is room at the table
what makes the Table unique?
Although doctrinally we are orthodox, much of what we prioritise is distinctive.
- We exist to provide safe spaces where people can explore the life and claims of Jesus in an encouraging, supportive, and grace-filled environment while allows people to express and wrestle with their doubts.
- We desire to be a community where questions are as important as answers and the journey matters more than the destination.
- We are:
- Missional (apostolic) (Up)
- Relational (In)
- Incarnational (Out)
We focus on:
Disciple making rather than church planting.
We believe that when you focus on making disciples, a church will be a natural outﬂow. However, building a church does not guarantee disciples. We will focus our early efforts on disciple-making, and building that into the very DNA (culture) of who we are. Our desire from the very start will be to make disciples who will love and serve, Jesus, their community, and each other.
Grace Based, rather than Guilt/Fear/Shame Based
We serve a God of love, not a God of wrath. We do not use guilt, manipulation, fear, or shame. We work to connect people with Jesus, not follow a list of dos and don’ts. We meet people with grace, forgiveness, and encouragement to learn what God is saying to them. We recognise that many among us have been deeply hurt by the church and its leaders and we seek to help those find healing and forgiveness.
Invite people to join God’s mission rather than attend meetings
Churches often focus on how many people attend on a Sunday (in person or via Zoom). We believe that “What you draw people with, is what you draw people to.” Rather than drawing people to be passive spectators at a religious service, we will invite people to join Jesus’ mission in Dublin. We believe that the gathering of the church is important, however, we desire to create a model that views what happens on Sunday (or another day) to be a small part of what it means to be a follower of Jesus, not a central part.
Centred set rather than bounded set
We will be thoroughly centred set in our thinking. We view life holistically, and believe that life is a journey not a destination. Churches often tend to function as bounded sets, using behaviour, assent to belief statements, giving, or other external factors as a convenient means of determining who is in and who is out. Rather that having these types of boundaries, our focus will be on helping people orient their lives toward Jesus and move closer to him throughout their lives.
Neighbourhood-based with multiple locations rather than regional
A common church planting model is to select a central location, with the expectation that people will travel for a Sunday gathering. This often means many live too far removed to be involved in the life of the church. We believe that is not ideal. Our focus will be on embedding in local neighbourhood communities and empowering people to be the church where they live and work.
Story-based rather than rules based
God has invited us to be part of his story of Good News. As we live that out, we invite people into that story. We do not have a list of dos and don’ts that we expect people to order their lives around. We want to help them order their lives around Jesus and help them discover their identity in Christ and in his story.
About Our Team
The Jones moved to Ireland in 2003 and lived in Co. Galway until moving to Dublin in 2015.
The Wilsons moved to Dublin in 2012 from Ithaca, NY where they planted and led the Vineyard Church of Ithaca.
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