With a slogan like “We’re not about connecting people all over the world, we’re about family” – the Table Project has grabbed my attention.
In a time when Christian Facebook alternatives are popping up everywhere, the ideas behind the (non-profit) Table Project are refreshing.
The Table is a relational, online web application, custom-tailored for the church. We aim to engage the community, empower leaders, and move people beyond the pews and into authentic, life-changing friendships.
The site is based around “four legs of the table” – Introduction, Engagement, Prayer & Sharing/Serving.
Now sure you can do all these things on Facebook, or Myspace, or whatever network comes along, but The Table Project gives you an opportunity to share these things in a more private setting with members of “your family/tribe” verses broadcasting them to the world.
In fact, the team behind the project addressed the differences between The Table Project and Facebook in a recent blog post…
The Three Big Differences
- The fact that The Table is designed for “us” instead of “me” is a fundamental shift from the traditional social media mindset.
- The Table’s atmosphere of privacy and intimacy causes different behaviors to arise that are not seen elsewhere online.
- The fact that The Table is designed specifically for the church directs what we create and helps us to define “success” differently.
And I love their explanation video, which includes some history of the church and the importance of church as family… and not just a place we go each week.
So what do you think? Think this would be useful for your community of faith?
Or is it just another site adding to the noise?