"Hospitality involves welcoming, creating space, listening, paying attention, and providing. Meals slow things down. Some of us don't like that. We like to get things done. But meals force you to be people oriented instead of task oriented. Sharing a meal is not the only way to build, relationships, but it is number one on that list." -Tim ChesterIn order to be intentional with your meals your going to need to do two things: plan a meal and invite others to join you. So today, I'd like you to pick a date and draw up a list of people to invite. Later in the week we'll talk more about how to be intentional with who you invite but for now just do some brainstorming.
Also consider the following details:
- What time of day will your meal be? I think dinner is ideal because people are more prone to linger and thus deeper conversations are more likely to develop. Brunch is also nice for the same reason but dinner is my favorite when it comes to being missional.
- Will your meal take place in your home or in a public place? I think both are good options depending on the crowd and culture of your area but in this case I'm going to recommend your home. Just trust me on this and we'll talk more in depth about it later in the month.
In the month of October I'm writing a series on Missional Meals. I've linked up with The Nester and thousands of other bloggers who have chosen a topic to write on for 31 days. Visit here to start at the beginning of my series.