Recently the Table Project, a private social network for your church, announced that it was being acquired by Gateway Church in Dallas. Now Gateway is a big churchâ€”one of the fastest-growing in the country, with more than 25,000 people. But a church acquiring a tech company? Thatâ€™s different.
I love seeing the church do more than Sunday morning. I love seeing the church do more than VBS or neighborhood outreach. I love seeing the church do more than missions. All of those things are great, but I especially love seeing churches giving back to other churches.
Weâ€™re not in competition. Weâ€™ve all got the same goal. Why not help each other out? Gateway believes this so strongly theyâ€™re financing the Table Project to keep it free for other churchesâ€”and not just big megachurches.
Itâ€™s the same kind of thing LifeChurch.tv has done with the YouVersion Bible app, the Church Online Platform, Church Metrics and free resource downloads at Open (open.lifechurch.tv). Several churches now share their graphic resources, like Church on the Move with Seeds (seeds.churchonthemove.com), Southeast Christian Church with StuffICanUse.com, Elevation Church and others.
I love seeing the church helping the church. Itâ€™s especially cool when weâ€™re talking about churches building something new (not just sharing their leftovers). Sharing stuff youâ€™ve already made is great, but when churches do something new and share it? Thatâ€™s powerful. Thatâ€™s not the kind of thing any sane company or organization would do, and thatâ€™s exactly the point. The church is not a normal organization. We should be extravagant with one another and with the world.
Article excerpted and adapted with permission from ChurchMarketingSucks.com.