Open Table Community
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Who We Are
Open Table Community is a Christian body of believers (EFCA) based in the Chamblee/Doraville area of Atlanta that desires to love God passionately, share life intentionally, and together love our neighbors.
When we describe ourselves, we tend to gravitate around these notions:
- Simple and a litte messy – We don’t strive for high production value.
- Sensitive to the Spirit – We don’t want to go through the motions. God is alive and we want to be aware of God’s presence.
- A safe space to be real and authentic – Confession and openness starts with our leadership.
- Compassionate and generous – We carry each other’s burdens. We practice listening and praying.
- Diversity striving for unity – Diversity is important, but not the goal. Discipleship is the goal and reconciliation is the byproduct.
Open Table Community used to be known as Northside Community Church (founded in 1985). Our DNA includes some charismatic elements, a heart for global missions (particularly in Bosnia), and spiritual healing and renewal. In 2004, the Lord began a transformation of our goals, values, and location. He moved us from the suburbs to a more industrial part of town and refined our focus and ministry. And this part of the journey has added aspects of community development, missional/incarnational approach to the gospel, multiethnic ministry, and emotional health. We appreciate the long way God has brought us, kept us, and sustains us even today. We don’t claim to do anything well, but we can testify to the fact that God can draw straight lines with crooked instruments.
So true to our namesake, we often gather to worship and pray around tables during Sunday morning. We partake in communion on the first Sunday of each month, and share lunch afterwards as well. We open our tables for one another, for you, and for whomever is interested in sharing and extending this table that Jesus has prepared. Come to the table and be fed!
Zebedee R. Hinton, born to a farming family in Aliceville, Alabama. He looks back over a storied life and shares wisdom gained through long years of patience and faith.
Tim decided to step into a lifestyle of service and incarnation in a neighborhood and among people he used to drive past to get where he wanted to go has been costly. It has cost him many things but being in a multi-ethnic setting and church has also cost him his color blindness and the comforts of willful ignorance.
To see all of Tim’s story, click here.
“Funny Like That…”
A few years ago, on a warm Saturday afternoon, we did an open mic at church. The crowd was predictably sparse, but a few folks made the afternoon memorable. Ian North and Josh Feit played guitars and a couple of people sang and did other performances. Britt was one of them, and he rocked karaoke to Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World.” He did well, and I think he enjoyed the experience because he’s been angling to sing at church and church-related activities ever since.
Everyone went up and did one performance. Not Britt. After he finished his song, he rolled up in his wheelchair to the front of the aisle again a few minutes later and did some standup. A few minutes later he went up again. We had to gently take away the mic.
To read the rest of the story, click here.
David Park has served as the lead pastor for Open Table Community since 2012. He is a second generation Korean American who desires to see multiethnic, honest, and healthy relationships in community and on mission, but mostly, he’s still figuring how to be a decent husband, father, and mediocre friend. He loves basketball, though tragically ungifted at it. Ditto for photography and music and cooking. He does, however, keep trying. He is married to Sunita and they have two children, Anju and Jonathan. Anju is quick to point out his errors with a loud voice. And Jonathan is scared of pineapples and often accuses David of smelling like eggs.
At Open Table Community, we want you to find your place in God’s story. If you’re looking for a church in the Chamblee area, we’d be honored to have you as our guest this Sunday!
If you have any questions or want to know more about anything at Open Table Community, fill out the contact form to the right and we will get back to you as soon as possible.