Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
(John 1:46, NRSV)
When we were in the beginning stages of birthing Potluck Church, we were fearfully hesitant to tell others about it. What would they think? Would they understand it? Would people serving in traditional churches be threatened by it? Would they judge it? Or judge us for feeling called to help start it?
So, we were very protective of the idea and of our zeal for it. It took a while to trust others with this baby. Over time, God taught us to share it, to be generous with this call, and to take risks to tell the story to others.
Occasionally we still encounter folks who will say something like, “Madisonville? Really? That’s where you started it? A small town in western Kentucky is doing something new?” In these moments I am reminded that something good can come from Nazareth, that God does do new things in places where we’d least expect. And I’m even more thankful, then, for the people who have spoken words of encouragement and inspiration. Thank you, encouragers—you know who you are.
written by Rachel
Set a table, invite Christ and others, leave an empty chair, serve up some powerful questions, and break bread.