Info about the Table Project Church App

The Table Project was a free church-based social network that had a good run from 2011-2016. Their own marketing had this description:

“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.”

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.

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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.)

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In March 2017, Carlos asked a Table team member that replied: “the organization we sold it to shut it down”.

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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.”

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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.

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History of ForMinistry.com

Curious about the history of ForMinistry? It was a notable initiative that provided free church websites in the 199-Year History of Innovative Bible Outreach by American Bible Society: “Launched ForMinistry.com, a service that provided websites at no cost to churches and ministries to encourage them to lend their voice on the Internet

And, on a personal note, it was a program for which I worked for about 6 years myself. It closed its doors and went offline in November 2013.

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Here’s an excerpt from the closing announcement posted via archive.org:

Notice of ForMinistry Transition

Dear ForMinistry Editors:

An important decision has been reached after prayerful and careful consideration about ForMinistry.com. After over a decade of serving the church in web ministry, ForMinistry will permanently shut down on October 31, 2013.

This decision was not reached lightly.

Since 1999, the ForMinistry platform has offered free web-building services to thousands of small-to-mid-sized churches. We removed cost barriers for churches interested in exploring this new online frontier and also provided inclusion into a larger online church directory. American Bible Society enabled more than 180,000 churches to benefit from these free resources.

However, the market has changed and today numerous choices for web-building providers are available to meet these needs. They range from free to fee-based offerings depending on the array of features desired; we believe that these tools are better placed to keep pace with ongoing changes and serve the needs of the church community.

American Bible Society has decided to defer to the current market leaders and focus its resources on other Bible engagement efforts. Refocusing our energies as we transition this service will enable us to forge new ways to serve the church — investing in innovative digital efforts needed by the church today.

 

Looking for Information about Monvee

A few years ago back in 2008-2012, there was a little light chatter on the Interwebs about a spiritual formation curriculum and technology called Monvee. Tony Morgan raved about its vision—monvee will Reshape Spiritual FormationFrom the now-dormant website’s about page, this trademarked Monvee system is described as an “innovative web-based spiritual development tool”—Screen Shot 2016-03-05 at 1.47.32 PM

There was also a companion book (now out-of-print), Frequency: Discovering Your Unique Connection to God

This book was created by the developers of Monvee.com, an online tool that helps people discover how they are uniquely wired to grow spiritually. Many of the nation’s largest churches and Christian universities use Monvee to help individuals in their organization determine their frequency.

This interview, Monvee Custom Online Spiritual Growth Plan Shows Promise, with Monvee Co-Founder and President, Eric J. Parks, pointed to the kind of investment that was backing the development of this technology:

In 2008, funding was raised and 25 churches alpha tested what is now Monvee. In 2009 private and public beta testing occurred, and Monvee became available to the public in October 2010.

Now it’s very hard to find information about Monvee. There’s no official closing announcement. And when people don’t have closure, it sorta leaves people hangin’. When the story isn’t told by the people that developed Monvee about what happened, people will make up their own story, that most likely be erroneous.

A 2012 news article, Resignations, pay cuts at Heartland Community Church, described the financial difficulties experienced by the home church where Monvee was birthed:

The Great Recession and its aftermath have been difficult for Heartland and for many churches that aggressively expanded.

… Heartland’s financial pinch followed the recession, too. The number of businesses renting space at the mall property declined. Financing for a renovation to bring Rockford Career College in as a major tenant didn’t materialize. In turn, the church spent valuable capital to proceed with the renovation.

Attendance and giving are each down 10 percent to date this year compared with the same period in 2011. Last year, the church launched a $1.5 million summer fundraising campaign. When the campaign fell short — about $1.2 million was raised — the church eliminated programming and cut seven full-time and 11 part-time employees. The church was, however, able to refinance its mortgage.

And then around June 2012, the tweets on its Twitter and status updates on its Facebook Page just stopped. And one Amazon reviewer shared this in 2013:

The spiritual pathways assessment is no longer available. I contacted the publisher (Worthy Publishing), and they confirmed that Monvee no longer exists and cannot be reached, even by them as the publisher. The book is still decent info, but […] as a website and Monvee as an organization evidently bailed on this project, and you will no longer be able to use their tools to build a personal Roadmap for spiritual growth as promised by the book. As far as I can tell, no statement whatsoever has been released by Monvee, John Ortberg, or Menlo Park. Hopefully something will be forthcoming. For now, though, save yourself the time, money, and hassle and don’t bother buying the book.

If you have information that can be publicly shared, please add a comment so people can have closure and share lessons learned that’d be valuable for others who would want to implement something similar in the future.

Saddleback Church Refinery Menus and Hours

[update] As of November 1, 2016, Saddleback Church food services Modo Pizza and Refinery Cafe are closed.

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When you’re at Saddleback Church‘s Lake Forest campus, there’s great food to eat at The Refinery at 3 different restaurants: The Grill House, The Cafe & The Bricks Pizzeria. Saddleback Food Services also provides full-service catering, both on-site & off-site.

Daily Hours

The Cafe: Sun-Fri 8am-2pm + Sat 8am-7pm [menu]

The Grill House & Deli: Sun-Fri 11am-2pm + Sat 11am-7pm [menu]

The Bricks Pizzeria: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm [menu]

As you can see from the hours above, lunch is served in the Refinery from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Plus, Dinners at Saddleback: Mon-Thurs 5-7pm in the Refinery [menu]

** Daniel Plan friendly foods available at all dinners

See the Saddleback Food Services page for more info

The Refinery at Saddleback Church

Email: saddlebackfood@saddleback.com

Follow @SaddlebackFood on Twitter

Facebook page: facebook.com/saddlebackeateries

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Food Services ministry description —

We exist to provide a welcoming environment where food, family and fellowship can thrive while volunteers use their SHAPE to serve with a smile.

We have many opportunities to volunteer, including helping to prepare food, setting up for meals, cleaning up, etc.

Volunteers should be gifted in customer service, have an attitude of flexibility, and a heart to serve others. We welcome all who have a passion for ensuring customer satisfaction and creating a lasting impression!

According to web page (dated May 2013) —

The Refinery is a place where people of all ages enjoy spending time. Whether you’re looking to connect and get to know new people or you’re searching for activities to engage the whole family, there’s something for everyone. Bring your family, friends, and co-workers and join us for food, coffee, games, and more! We even have free Wi-Fi and plenty of quiet space for you to feel right at home, so take advantage of our daily happenings.

2013 Notice of When ForMinistry.com Closed

cache from https://web.archive.org/web/20131020015039/http://www.forministry.com/

Notice of ForMinistry Transition

Dear ForMinistry Editors:

An important decision has been reached after prayerful and careful consideration about ForMinistry.com. After over a decade of serving the church in web ministry, ForMinistry will permanently shut down on October 31, 2013.

This decision was not reached lightly.

Since 1999, the ForMinistry platform has offered free web-building services to thousands of small-to-mid-sized churches. We removed cost barriers for churches interested in exploring this new online frontier and also provided inclusion into a larger online church directory. American Bible Society enabled more than 180,000 churches to benefit from these free resources.

However, the market has changed and today numerous choices for web-building providers are available to meet these needs. They range from free to fee-based offerings depending on the array of features desired; we believe that these tools are better placed to keep pace with ongoing changes and serve the needs of the church community.

American Bible Society has decided to defer to the current market leaders and focus its resources on other Bible engagement efforts. Refocusing our energies as we transition this service will enable us to forge new ways to serve the church — investing in innovative digital efforts needed by the church today.

We want to help your transition go as smoothly as possible.

We have researched and identified several key service providers we believe will be able to serve you well.

Please consider transferring your website to one of the proven providers recommended at http://forministry.com/transition.

What should you do now?

Please complete your website content migration as soon as possible in order to avoid losing content and interrupting your web ministry to your online constituents. For more information about this transition, refer to the transition FAQs at http://forministry.com/transition/FAQ.dsp.

Thank you for being a part of ForMinistry’s web ministry. It has been our pleasure to serve alongside you. We will keep you updated as American Bible Society develops new and innovative Bible engagement tools that you can use to expand your reach in the digital space.

The ForMinistry.com Team