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The City Innovated Church Tech Had a 10 Year Life Span — October 5, 2019

The City Innovated Church Tech Had a 10 Year Life Span

There once was a popular church in Seattle with lots of people and they built a digital platform called The City to engage churchgoers. That was 2006. And it was a beautiful vision—

The City is driven by a compelling vision emanating from Matthew 5:14.

Having recently left his job at Amazon.com to become a pastor in his church, Zack Hubert was wrestling with ways of harnessing technology to facilitate the growth of a rapidly self-organizing and expanding church. He was inspired to create the original concept for The City after this passage in the Bible that says, “a city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Since inception, we at The City have been driven to make it easier for churches to connect newcomers, build deeper community, equip leaders and unleash people to serve and make a lasting impact on their world with the Gospel.

The City has grown and is now being used by churches and organizations all over the world. As The City continues to grow, so does the vision, and we feel blessed to be along for the ride.

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back when iBelieve.com closed in October 2000 — October 4, 2019

back when iBelieve.com closed in October 2000

One early Christian community on the internet was iBelieve.com, launched in June 2000. Their vision statement was:

About iBelieve.com
Our Vision: We seek to be the preferred internet gathering place for Christians worldwide to come, experience, and grow in their faith.

However, by October 20, 2000, iBelieve.com suspended operations due to lack of funding.

Dear iBelieve.com members and visitors,

Despite a tremendous launch and site traffic that ranks as the leading Christian community on the Internet, iBelieve.com has not been able to secure additional funding to continue to keep the site up, and we are forced to close our virtual doors effective immediately.
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As you know, iBelieve.com has worked hard to create the leading Christian site on the Internet – a place where believers of all denominations could come, experience and grow in their faith. With 550,000 members, more than 2 million unique visitors, and 60 ministry partners, we have consistently exceeded our business and ministry objectives…except one: raising additional funding. Like many Internet companies, we were unable to raise capital given the current market conditions, and we are left without options.

Our prayer is that God has used iBelieve.com, in some way, to touch your life. We hope you have been encouraged, challenged, informed, and entertained along the way. Thank you so much for the feedback and encouragement you have provided to us over the past months.

We’d like to end our time on the Internet the same way we started… by giving glory and praise to our great and awesome God who holds all of history and the most intimate details of our lives in the palm of his hand….

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Here are two great features you will recognize from ePrayer.org: Daily Devotional and Prayer Request System. …

May God bless you!!
The iBelieve.com Family

After closing its virtual doors, they shortened their notice in January 2001 to —

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Info about the Table Project Church App — September 20, 2017

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.”

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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.”

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History of ForMinistry.com — March 10, 2016

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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Looking for Information about Monvee — March 5, 2016