“The Table is a relational, online web application, custom-tailored for the church. Their purpose is to help churches engage their community, empower leaders and move people beyond the pews and into authentic, life-changing friendships.”
In May 2013, Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, acquired The Table (ht: Church Tech Today; Churchmag; CMS; Press Release). At that time, The Table had empowered more than 700 churches “to take community to the next level.”
The church had ambitious plans for this church social network, as described here:
“… the leaders at Gateway began researching ways to merge spiritual learning, active pastoring and community with technology—around the same time The Table began working toward church community building. Now, the two are joining forces, each bringing unique strengths, to see the dream for church congregations to make connections and learn more about the Bible through The Table.”
… With more than 25,000 active members, Gateway looks to connect its own congregation through The Table—just like the more than 700 other churches currently involved. And with the global influence they’ve garnered over the past 13 years, Gateway looks to use their platform to give The Table an even bigger stage.
… What LifeChurch.tv did for the mobile Bible with the YouVersion app, we hope to do for spiritual learning and community through The Table in this next decade,” Shawn Ring, Gateway’s Executive Pastor of Spiritual Life Technology, said.
When The Table was hitting its stride and gaining traction, it was serving over 7,000 churches in 62 countries, mobilized over 24,000 volunteers, and tracked over 2.3 million prayers prayed. Influential churches using The Table included Gateway Church (Southlake, Texas), Granger Community Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, and Substance Church.
By September 2016, this tweet linked to an “Important Table Update” that most likely announced the shutdown of The Table. (Currently, unable to find an archive or cache of that announcement on the internet.)
In March 2017, Carlos asked a Table team member that replied: “the organization we sold it to shut it down”.
When Josh asked in July 2017 about what happened to the Table Project, the reply was: “it was sold to Gateway Church a few years back and they have begun to shut down service at this point.”
That’s all the information that is available on the internet we can find. If you know of other public chatter, please add a comment so we learn more.