Emmaus ministries, Journey to the Table, Process, Steering Team, Test Locations
thanksss Like so many others, I’m reminded today of so many people and things for which I am thankful. When I started working on this program almost two years ago, I understood how to design a process that could produce something helpful. What I didn’t understand is what that helpful thing could be, or how it would translate into real ministry with real people. That’s where dozens of people interceded. It started with a few new co-workers who gave so much faith and support that I felt infallible. Then 19 volunteers agreed to be part of a team and to trust the process I had outlined. They did the hard work of discussing countless issues and details about what this ministry would become. More colleagues stepped in to make it possible for me to find places to test what had yet to be written. Then people in ministry positions offered their work and influence to help test the program. I took a moment for a mental headcount of all those faces: 147. So far there have been 147 people that I’ve come face-to-face with in the process of designing and testing Journey to the Table that I didn’t know before I started. Each one of their involvement has been invaluable. That number doesn’t include all of my friends and family that have been personally supportive, nor the countless people that have prayed for each step of this process, or prepared meals, or shown up for many parts of this process that I didn’t see in-person. I’ll spare everyone of reading “Thank You” 147 times, but that would be an emphatic way to express my thoughts about all of these people. I hope this moment is a glimpse of what Journey to the Table will become. I hope it always involves more people than I could possibly thank. I hope those are the people who become most connected to this ministry. I hope that as it grows, every person involved has this moment when they realize just how many others support them the way that these 147 have supported me. Thank you.
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Journey to the Table, Steering Team
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Jessica Bunting, who led the 4th Day Structure Steering Team.

How do you see Journey to the Table working well with young adults?

Journey to the Table will provide a space for young adults to be real with each other and to avoid using Jesusy verbiage to gloss over the chaos going on around us all the time. It will provide a space to get to know Jesus and his word rather than hear the three points and a take home we often receive on Sunday mornings. Most importantly it will provide a space to learn how to be the hands and feet of Christ so we can make it more “on earth as it is in heaven.”
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Steering Team
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Chelsea Spyres, who led the Leadership part of the Journey to the Table Steering Team

How do you see Journey to the Table working well with young adults? Journey to the Table works well with young adults because it focuses on such a unique life stage. It focuses on the transition of the young adult world, whatever that transition looks like in your life and talks about how to be in a faith community and how to live out your faith wherever you are. Journey to the Table, in its name and practice invites young adults no matter where they are on this journey of life, to the table, to a place that is welcoming and life giving. It invites young adults into deeper relationship with God, whatever that looks like for them individually. How has your involvement impacted you? Being involved in Journey to the Table has allowed me to connect with many other young adults on the steering team. It has challenged me to look at my life spiritually and to reevaluate my personal relationship with God who we are inviting others to be in relationship with. Describe Journey to the Table in one word: life-giving. And yes, Chelsea, I believe that a hyphen still makes it count as one word.  
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Steering Team
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Ryan Russell, who helped with the Schedule Blocks part of the JTT steering team.

Ryan is the Campus Chaplain at Morningside college in Sioux City, Iowa. Ryan is originally from Washington state. He enjoys the outdoors, and the Washington State Cougars.

How has your involvement in JTT impacted you?

I really enjoyed getting back into Chrysalis stuff because I have been removed for a couple years. It gave me a chance to remember what I had done in the past and think about the good things as well as the bad as we tried to determine the best way to move forward.

Describe Journey to the Table in one word.

Discipleship.
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Steering Team
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Jessica Bunting, who lead the 4th Day Structure steering team of Journey to the Table.

Jessica is the Director of Performance Excellence at Goodwill of Delaware. She helps asses the impact that Goodwill programs have to benefit individuals and families, and develops systems that maintain their positive impact. She tackles challenges head-on, and clearly has the best pictures with her furry friend.

How do you see Journey to the Table working well with young adults?

Journey to the Table will provide a space for young adults to be real with each other and to avoid using ‘Jesus-y’ verbiage to gloss over the chaos going on around us all the time. It will provide a space to get to know Jesus and his word rather than the ‘here are the three points and a take home’ we often receive on Sunday mornings. Most importantly it will provide a space to learn how to be the hands and feet of Christ so we can make it more “on earth as it is in heaven.”

Describe Journey to the Table in one word.

Relevant.
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Steering Team
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Jessica Bunting, leader of the 4th Day Structure steering team.

Why did you get involved with Journey to the Table?

I didn’t want to wait any longer to find my space in “the church.” I was ready to be a part of creating that space for myself and others like me- Millennials. I hope the efforts of this team will allow others to find the space where they fit and where they feel they belong as a Christ-follower.
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Steering Team
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Ryan Russell, who helped with the Schedule Blocks part of the JTT Steering Team.

Why did you get involved with Journey to the Table?

I was asked by a friend who served at the chair of the committee. He thought that because I work with college students, it would be helpful to the process.

How do you see Journey to the Table working well with young adults?

I think that because of how we laid out the plan, it should work well for the business that college students experience as they try to balance their lives with school, work, sports, etc.
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Steering Team
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Tyler Sit, who helped develop the 4th Day Structure of Journey to the Table.

Tyler is a church planter in Minneapolis, MN.  

Why did you get involved with Journey to the Table?

Because Geoff approached me individually to be a voice in this conversation. [Geoff’s editorial note: I asked Tyler to be in on this because pollution happens to drive me bonkers too! Can church do something about that… absolutely!]

Describe Journey to the Table in one word.

Pilgrimage.    
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