A Deeper Understanding of the Eucharist and Agape Meals
This article is based on a master’s level capstone project involving planning, execution, and evaluation of seven meals toward deeper understanding of Agape Meals (Love Feasts) and the Eucharist, in the context of a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Discipleship Training School (DTS) run in Cape Town, South Africa. Participants were from South Africa, the United States, Zimbabwe and Malawi, representing a broad spectrum of spiritual maturity, cultural, and economic backgrounds, and ranged in age from late teens to early sixties. DTS students, staff, staff family members and the DTS speaker for that week participated in the meal each Sunday afternoon for two hours. Group size averaged thirty-five. Meals were found to facilitate enriched understanding of the table as a place of spiritual formation, addressing common misconceptions surrounding Communion.