For centuries, for most of the world, bread has been one of the most basic necessities of life.
Jesus used this deep, culturally-ingrained understanding of our need for bread as basic sustenance when He said, “I am the bread of life…If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” He wasn’t just talking about one meal. He was talking about forever! So, when we introduce Jesus to people, we are—literally—offering them the opportunity for eternal life.
Many of us have an understanding that one of the simplest and most basic ways we can offer the Bread of Life is through our hospitality. When I attended a dinner that was held at First Orlando Baptist Church last summer, Marcus White and his Food Service Ministry team introduced me to a whole new level of what “hospitality” could look like. The room was beautiful. The food was fabulous. All those elements worked together to make it a memorable evening…But what I remember most about the evening was the warmth and grace of the hospitality.
As I was enjoying my perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, melt-in-your-mouth green beans and marveling that—throughout all of my years in ministry—I had never seen a ministry quite like this one, Marcus began a presentation about Food Service Ministry. He shared his heart for reaching people for Christ through it, and he explained how hospitality and the breaking of bread together has, through the centuries, been one of the most effective methods of evangelism…And yet (this was the big takeaway for me), it is a vastly untapped method of ministry in the modern Church.
Churches of all sizes can become involved in Food Service Ministry, they can scale it to their church’s size, and they can do it well. Marcus is one of the founders of the Global Association of Church Hospitality Professionals (GACHP). It is the only organization of its kind, and it provides the support, education and camaraderie you need to learn and grow in this dynamic, life-giving area of ministry.