This is the second installment in a short series of posts from people who are past Hatch-a-thon participants. This one highlights Meredith Mills, who participated in the 2015 Hatch-a-thon. She started a great ministry called gastrochurch.

Tell us a little bit about your project, please.

My project is gastrochurch: intentional conversation about spiritual things over really good food. Gastrochurch is a style of meeting that seeks to engage and create community among millennials across a spectrum of faith and church engagement. The gastrochurch evening is a two-hour meal of meaningful, directed conversation. From that evening, participants are invited to become a part of the gastrochurch community: a community that meets four times a month to serve, play, study, or host a gastrochurch dinner.

What happened with your project after the Hatch-a-thon?

Because of the Hatch-a-thon, I was able to begin experimenting with my project as soon as I returned. My experiments gave me enough information to create a business proposal to pitch to my conference leadership. I can’t emphasize that enough: Hatch-a-thon took me from a vague idea in my head to a concrete plan on the ground.

What are you doing now?

I’m now full-time on my Hatch-a-thon project. I received three years of funding to see if I can make it grow into something sustainable and fruitful.

Did your Hatch-a-thon experience help you?

Absolutely. I had a great idea, but no clue what to do next. If I hadn’t gone to Hatch-a-thon, I probably always would have just had that idea burning in my mind without the tools to make anything happen. Hatch-a-thon took me from idea to implementation.

You can find out more about gastrochurch at www.gastrochurch.org. You can also find them on Facebook as gastrochurch, on Twitter as @gastrochurch, and on Instagram as gastrochurchhtx.

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