Renewing the Church and blessing the city, one community at a time.
Late in 2015, after 25 years of ministry in large traditional congregational settings, Pastor Joe Crowther set “The Table”, a fresh yet ancient expression of church. Not desiring to own a building (or the mortgage this is a part of owning a building) The Table seeks to be more “movement” than organization. Our primary mission is to live out Jesus’ command to love others by blessing the needful in the community.
The Table currently meets every non-first Sunday evening at Homer's Coffee House for a casual, "everyone is welcome" worship. Our primary House Church meets regularly for fellowship, food and conversation. New house churches are currently being formed. Reach out to Pastor Joe to learn more.
“The church is not an institution forcing us to follow rules but a community inviting us to still our hunger and thirst at its table.” —Henri Nouwen
The mission of The Table is now and forever in formation. Currently and quite simply, we exist to realize the kingdom of God in the communities of Kansas City by developing a network of missional groups (house churches) that meet regularly to share their faith and bless their communities. All missional communities then meet together weekly for worship in a central location.
WE BELIEVE that…
…Jesus is the fullest expression of God’s love for us. If you want to know God, look to Jesus.
…Jesus desires abundant life for all God’s children and…
…church is not the destination but the connector to that life.
…we are called to follow Jesus Christ and…
…one does not learn to do this in an hour on Sunday morning.
…one learns to be a follower of Jesus in community with others.
…faith becomes active in love.
…the Gospel is intended for all persons regardless of creed (or lack of creed), race, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, level of faith or doubt…
There is a place for everyone at The Table.
...are derived from the life of Jesus and are lived out in hopes of helping form the kind of world God wants to establish.
FAITH - Nothing is more precious or essential for life than our faith in God. It is the result of allowing God to work in us to shape our hearts, spirits, thoughts and lives. (John 1.13)
SERVICE - We give ourselves away for the sake of others. Through service we gain our lives. (Matthew 10.39)
AUTHENTICITY - We strive to become the people God created us to be. Our ultimate goal is Christlikeness. (Galatians 2.20)
COMPASSION - This results from 'loving neighbor as self', when what's on God's heart gets on our hearts. (Mark 12.31)
GENEROSITY - Our lives are measured not by what is amassed but by what is shared and given away. (2 Corinthians 9.7)
A vital part of the life at The Table takes place during the week and in the midst of life. Our Home Groups are much more than the typical “small group” that meets for a determined period of time and around a particular task or study topic. Community Tables are groups of persons who relate to one another in Christ-like ways, …feasting, studying, praying and serving together. Participants companion one another in the quest to understand and realize abundant life in Christ as they discuss further what was experienced at worship and look for ways to extend The Table into their own communities, blessing one another and neighbors.
If you wish to connect to one of our House Churches please contact Pastor Joe.
The Table worships each weekend. The experience ordered yet very casual. We share times of…
FIRST SUNDAYS of the Month: We support Homer’s Home Church which meets at 10:30 am (Regularly on these Sundays there is online devotional worship at 6:00 pm. Check the webpage banner or “The Menu”, our e-newsletter, for links and details.)
ALL OTHER SUNDAYS The Table meets at 6:00 pm at Homer’s Coffee House (corner of 80th St. and Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park).
Pastor Joe Crowther is mission developer for The Table. Ordained in 1989, Joe has served and redeveloped congregations in North and South Carolina, Virginia and, since 2001, Kansas City. He has a passion for Jesus, the outdoors, worshipping in jeans and any activity that involves a ball. He and Lori, together with Raegen and Isabel, live in south Olathe.
If you would like to support the work of The Table, consider a monetary contribution through this secure link.
Contributions are tax-deductible. The Table is growing into a 50/50 ministry, loving neighbor as self by using half of all donations to support those in need in our community. Know that your gifts will help sustain this ministry...but will also put food into the mouths of those who hunger, backpacks on the shoulders of school children, ramps on the homes of the physically challenged, hope into the hearts of the lonely... .
A 50/50 CONGREGATION - In an effort to take seriously Jesus' request to "love neighbor as self" The Table seeks to give half of our offerings in blessing beyond the congregation and designate monthly "missional projects" for this purpose.
“SERVING the SERVANTS” - Additionally we are constantly searching for other community servants to bless…servants whose ministries rarely go unnoticed but too often go unappreciated. To date we have provided meals and support to public safety personnel in Mission and Olathe, hospital nursing staffs at Children’s Mercy and local public school teachers in Olathe. (If you have been blessed by someone and would like The Table to return that blessing, please contact Pastor Joe or one of the Vision Team.)
SUMMIT TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL - The Table is a “faith partner” for STMS in Olathe providing regular support for staff and students.
“THE BLESSING PROJECT” - The Table regularly distributes a portion of our offerings to worshippers and encourages them to use those funds to “flash bless” persons in the community. We buy groceries, gas, clothing for persons we perceive to be in need.