A new beginning at the Table Project

I am now a full time employee at the Table Project. This month has been a gradual transition from my previous job at Live Oak, and since I only have a few things left to wrap up, I think it is time to finally make this public. Interestingly, it feels like I have been working on this project for a long time since I actually made some of the first commits to the repository back in early 2009 when they were a client! Having the opportunity to join back up with the awesome people behind this effort has been at the back of my mind for a long time, and I am happy that this day has come!

The Table Project fits in well with my beliefs of how Christian community should function, and is also a hugely interesting on a technical level. I’d love to take a few moments to dive into this a little more!

The great reformers of the 16th century worked tirelessly to move the church to a decentralized model: one that empowered individuals to learn and grow in relationship with God and one another without any intermediaries. However, as we can see even today, this is very hard to live out in practice. We tend to create bottlenecks that make it difficult to maintain good communication and learn who needs help in our communities. I believe that technology like the Table can help us overcome these barriers to better support and serve another by flattening our interactions. It is is exactly the kind of change that I am humbled to have the opportunity to foster with the code I write.

Technologically, the Table application and its supporting infrastructure is a vast landscape of challenging issues - and it’s only going to get more interesting as we continue to grow! Up to this point in my career, I have mostly partnered with clients to help them get their initial, 1.0 product out the door. I have learned a ton, but I am ready to apply my skills in some new areas and to pick up some new skills along the way.

I hope this is just the beginning of a long journey that leads to lots of interesting information and inspiring stories to share.