Recently the Table Project, a private social network for your church, announced that they were being acquired by Gateway Church in Dallas. Now Gateway is a big church. More than 25,000 people, one of the top 25 fastest growing churches in the country, etc. But a church acquiring a tech company? That’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.
I love seeing the church do more.
All of those things are great, but I love seeing churches giving back to other churches. We’re not in competition. We’ve all got the same goal. Why not help each other out?
So Gateway is going to finance the Table Project and keep it free for other churches. And not just big megachurches. (Their FAQ answers that question with a “No way.” Love it. I used to write for the Table and I’m thrilled to see they’ve still got a strong voice.)
It’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. A lot of churches have shared their graphic resources, like Church on the Move with Seeds, Southeast Christian Church with Stuff I Can Use, Elevation Church and others.
It’s what Creative Missions was about last week. I love seeing the church helping the church.
It’s especially cool when we’re talking about churches building something new (not just sharing their leftovers). Sharing stuff you’ve already made is great, but when churches do something new and share it? That’s powerful. That’s not the kind of thing any sane company or organization would do, and that’s exactly the point. The Church is not a normal organization. We should be extravagant with one another and with the world.
- What are some other examples of churches giving stuff away to other churches?
- How about churches doing new stuff and sharing it?
- What’s something your church is doing that it could give to another church?