Getting Practical in Hospitality (my favorite resources!)

One of my goals this year was to learn in a tangible way (not just in theory), what biblical hospitality looks like. I've been blown away at how God has already answered this prayer in just the first half of the year, and I'm excited to see what else there is to learn!

How to get practical about favorite resources for the heart and the practical // Natasha Red

I've written about hospitality several times on the blog, but there are a few resources that I go to over and over that I just love. For those who are wondering "where do I start?" for both the heart motive of hospitality and also in the practical, I have some great resources for you.

hospitality: the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.


"Meal with Jesus" by Tim Chester

Hospitality involves welcoming, creating space, listening, paying attention, and providing. Meals slow things down. Some of us don’t like that. We like to get things done. But meals force you to be people oriented instead of task oriented. Sharing a meal is not the only way to build relationships, but it is number one on the list.
— Tim Chester, Meal with Jesus

I've only made a dent in this book and it's already highlighted a ton! I'm loving Tim's depth of perspective on how Jesus loved the most broken people in society, using food as a catalyst for that. Get the book here.

"For the Love" by Jen Hatmaker

Although this book isn't solely about hospitality, she talks a lot about how food draws communities together and gives a safe place for relationships to form and deepen. I love her thoughts on Supper Club and the value of cooking in this book.


If you sign up for the IF:Table newsletter, you will receive a monthly email with recipe inspiration and gospel focused blog posts about sharing a meal and extending hospitality. They even sell conversation cards (you can also download them for free). This has been a great resource for my own Supper Club, especially when I was first thinking through what I wanted that time to look like.

Gospel Coalition Podcast on Hospitality

Here's the link to the podcast - such great stuff including how to think about other cultures and welcoming strangers into our home.

My Posts

And here are all the posts I've written myself on the topic. Click the picture to read the post.

I love sharing what I'm learning and continuing to you have any resources to add to this list?