Top 25 Most Innovative Churches: OutreachBy
Here’s the top 10 (plus a couple more) from the list with some commentary from yours truly:
1. LifeChurch – No surprise here really. Their main campus is about 3 whole miles from my dwelling place. I’ve watched them do some incredible, edgy, out of the box stuff. Here’s my post on 8 Lessons Learned from their recent MySecret.tv site.
2. Granger Community Church – Again, no surprises. I think of them a lot when I think of “innovative churches.” Tim Stevens, Tony Morgan and Kem Meyer all participated in my Blogging 101 for Pastors series. Check out their Q&As. I’ve wanted to attend Kem’s Communications Workshop for a year now and just wasn’t able to make it. I’ve had the good fortune to interview both Tim Stevens and Mark Beeson for Pastors.com and loved it. I was telling someone the other day that “Granger gets it.” It seems like they’ve brought in the all-stars for ministry and freed them up to fly! Go, Granger, Go!
4. Fellowship Church – Again, Andy Stanley and Ed Young are the young, hip leaders. I’m happy to know they are helping set the pace for the next generation. Attending a FC service is on my to-do list as they’re only about 4 hours from me in OKC.
8. National Community Church – Personally, and I am entitled to my opinion, right?, but I think they should be higher on the list. I have not heard a pastor so involved, interested and engaging in regards to using technology and marketing for ministry as Mark Batterson. His blog is HUGE. Tons of feedreaders. And I thoroughly enjoy hearing him and reading him talk about ministry. He puts things in ways that helps me communicate hard concepts (marketing) to other people.
9. Mars Hill Church — “Strategic chaos” is a phrase Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll uses in his excellent book Confessions of a Reformissionary Rev. When everything got good with his church plant, he shook things up — strategic chaos. That’s bold, baby!
10. New Hope Christian Fellowship O’ahu – Don’t really know much about this church other than the name of the pastor — Wayne Cordeiro.
Others I’m familiar with on the list:
15. Redeemer Presbyterian Church — Tim Keller is one of my favorite pastor-teachers to listen to. Incredible insights on being missional. And he’s reaching young people in NYC.
16. Healing Place Church — They’re using technology, like Dino’s ROCKIN’ COOL blog site, in a beautiful way. In fact, their church website and Dino’s blog are one of the neatest in the biz (I mean ministry!).
17. The Journey — Nelson Searcy is an up-and-coming (if not already there) church innovator. I’ve mentioned their free book offer a bunch of times and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this innovative church, which was started right around 9/11.
[Thanks to Kent for the link!]