The first Matthew Party was thrown by Levi Matthew, a tax collector whom Jesus called to follow him. The story is given in Luke 6:27-32 – and also Matthew 9:9-13 and Mark 2:14-17. When Levi followed Jesus he ‘held a great banquet for Jesus at his house’ – inviting a large crowd considered disreputable by religious people. It was in this context that ‘sinners’ rubbed shoulders with and got to know Jesus, the one who could heal and forgive. When people of reputation become followers of Jesus, they find this a great way to connect with their circle of influence. Church planters hold regular events that could be called ‘Matthew Parties’ to connect with their communities.