Together is Always Better
By Rev. Jason Butler
What do I do as a church planter? Sometimes people think I just sit in a coffee shop all day. Well…kinda true. As a church planter, I spend a lot of time meeting people over coffee, listening to their stories and getting their thoughts about God, life and the church.
In many ways, a church planter is a community organizer – meeting, listening and seeking to draw people into communion with the church to bring good to our community. That’s the key for me. Every person is bringing their experiences and expertise, and together we can learn from one another, partner with each other, and make a significant impact in our communities together. Because together is always better.
By drawing people in to stand with the oppressed, it gives us all a purpose and helps us live into our true selves. My dream is to draw others into a communion of mission – into a community of service where everyone is embraced, and everyone is included; where the excluded are becoming the included; and where we are equipping each other to be leaders in our community. It feels like people resonate with this – with the church being more than just an event on Sunday but being a movement to bring flourishing to our neighborhoods.
As a church planter, I build tables of inclusion where people can come and realize we all need each other to be the people God – where there’s always enough bread and wine to go around. So, I guess at the end of the day all I am is a “communion organizer.”
To connect with Open Table UMC visit their website at https://opentableumc.org/ or stop by to worship with their community at Open Table United Methodist Church 824 N. Bloodworth St. Raleigh, NC 27604