Have a seat at the Table.

Watch the video first, then read my review.

I explain it like this.  The Table is like Facebook for your church without the self promotion.  It can be the catalyst for creating and nurturing deep meaningful relationships.  It will connect those who have with those who need. And the icing on the cake, 24/7 prayer wall that lets you choose how you want to be notified.

I’ve been playing with the table for a couple of months now and I think it’s pure awesomeness.  The guys who have come up with the table are so passionate about it.  They sell it like their lives depend on it, and they are just giving it away for free.  Amazing.

Some features of the Table that I really like are as follows:

1. Unified messaging – the Table allows you to select how you want to be communicated with.  If you like to get notifications via email, you can.  But if you are the kind of person who likes to get text messages, you can choose that method instead.  This doesn’t sound like much, but when you combine it with a prayer wall that notifies you when someone submits a prayer, you now have real-time 24/7 prayer request notification.  No more of this send in your prayer requests and we’ll compile an email weekly and send it out to the congregation.  It’s real-time.  I don’t know about you, but it sends shivers down my spine.  You can also choose to be notified when someone records at the table that they prayed for you.

2. Scalability – That’s probably not the right term, but I’m going to go with it.  Every part of the Table that is available to the entire church, is available at the campus level, and then at the group level as well.  For example, you can have a prayer wall within your small group.  When you post a request to it you are given the option to have it visible at the campus level, and then at church level.  The same is true for discussion boards, as they are available at each of the 3 levels.  The tiered system doesn’t stop there.  They have group/campus/church calendaring, video feeds, and soon to have a needs based app that sounds absolutely amazing.

3.  Congregation mapping – A very simple, but cool tool that allows staff to see on a map where everyone lives that is using the table.  It also maps where small groups meet, so as an admin you can match people with groups just by looking at a map.

4.  Groups – The Table has multiple types of groups.  You can have church sponsored groups, or user-created groups, both of which can be set visible, hidden, invite only, or just plain open.

5.  Apps – They are continuously adding new apps to the table.  Differently blog, video, and sermon feeds; relationship apps; and online magazines.

6.  Targeted announcements – If you want to blast all men on the table with a message that shows up on the table, you can.  Women too? Sure.  Have a particular age range you are targeting? Not a problem.  Very simple and easy to administer multiple announcements to different demographics.

7.  Youth Segregation – The Table allows you to have your youth group use it too, while keeping adults and students from “friending” each other.  A nice bit of security to keep any weirdness from happening.

8.  One Really Cool Thing that I’m not sure I’m allowed to talk about yet, but it’s very, very, very cool.  I know, I just like to keep you interested. 🙂

There are other features that are very nice as well, Fellowship One integration, a built-in espresso machine, etc. Ok, I’m joking about the espresso machine, but if enough people request it……

We haven’t implement this at our church yet, still in the testing phase, but I look forward to doing so in the not so distant future.  I feel very fortunate to have been able to get my hands on it, as well as being able to share some things about it with you all.  Don’t let this pass you by. Sign up when they go live, this is a major game changer.

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