Open Table

The Triumph of Relationship Over Poverty

Open Table is an active ministry which was founded at PVUMC through a unity of adults and youth, professionals and students to focus on helping hungry and homeless persons in downtown Phoenix to return to wholeness. Now, it’s a national organization, with the goal of becoming international. PVUMC currently has two open tables working with young adults who have recently aged out of the foster care system and two tables who have partnered with homeless veterans. What is Open Table?

The Vision

A movement of servants restoring people in poverty to our communities through relationship and the investment of our own vocational and life experiences and personal networks.

The Mission

Train congregations and their members, through the Open Table Model, to partner their vocational and life experiences with people in poverty to develop and implement plans that create sustainability and wholeness.

The Movement

A collaboration of faith communities, governments, business and non-profits working through Open Table, a shared-purpose model, to transform poverty to sustainability and wholeness.

The Community

The Open Table process is the catalyst for the deployment of a Missional Community committed to the transformation of a family or individual in poverty. However, the servants themselves are often the most transformed. When the Open Table process is complete, these Missional Communities, having brought each other through the wilderness of poverty, where they collided with society’s false beliefs about the poor, become a new community in which the family or individual they helped is now unrecognizable from those who did the helping. In many instances, individuals helped in Open Table return as servants helping the next family.

Currently Open Table is operating in 15 states and in over 50 cities. To learn more about Open Table, go to their web site or contact Kent Heltne.

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