Kendall Vanderslice Talks About Dinner Churches, the Gospel and Feasting
Kendall is a baker and writer, who says her best thinking occurs when she has a lump of dough in her hands. After embarking on a career as a pastry chef, she found that her love of bread transformed the ways she read scripture. Fascinated by God’s use of food throughout the arc of the Gospel, she merged her work in the kitchen with an academic study of food and theology.
Kendall is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois (BA Anthropology 2013), where she began engaging questions of food and faith. Interested in commensality (the social dynamics of eating together) she studied food at Boston University (MLA Gastronomy 2016). She is now a student at Duke University, studying the theology of bread (MTS 2019).
Her first book, We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God (Eerdmans) releases May 2019.
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Sometimes I wonder what might have happened if, instead of choosing to meet in homes 25+ years ago, we had gone the more traditional route.
So, why didn’t we?
Well, for one thing, my experience with oiling the machinery of church structures caused me to want to avoid the administrative responsibilities of such an effort. I wanted to focus more time on relationship than on getting our organization ironed out.
Another reason was the expense of doing church in the traditional way. Recently, I became curious what the costs might have been had we decided to get a building and function more like a “real” church.
If I had paid more attention during the four years I spent pastoring a small church in Vancouver I would have had some idea of the operational costs. Alas, I’ve never been much for budgets so I must have tuned that part out. Anyhow, I didn’t remember the numbers and I didn’t save any financial reports, so the question sent me to the web looking for the budget of a typical smallish church. Continue reading A Million Bucks