Unique 19

Unique 19

We all love great stories. And if you are a church leader, you especially love fresh stories of our Savior-King, Jesus.

A few years ago, we began to grow weary of church success stories that were exclusively about worship attendance. Don’t get me wrong— we celebrate, as readily as anyone, the work of God that explodes with numeric fruit. But we all know that Jesus is moving in ways less visible— or should we say, less platformed— across North America.

So the Auxano team decided to create “a list for the rest of us” - the Unique 19. We want to salute the hard work of creative and faithful visionaries that may never make the “100 largest”or “fastest growing” list. We want to inspire worship of Jesus, the chief visionary and kingdom entrepreneur whose follower-leaders are taking small towns and niche communities by storm. We want to stoke vibrant imagination in every pastor and see new models emerge where photocopied strategies have kept us stuck.

We think you’ll enjoy each release of the Unique 19. Every year we will highlight 19 different, unique churches. Throughout the year we will give a peak under the hood, a few churches at a time— different sizes, distinct locales and various faith tribes. What unique vision has God given to these pastors? What bold values and emerging strategies have come to life? How are leaders redefining the scorecard of business-as-usual church?  

May these stories stretch your mind and strengthen your heart!

The Unique 19 is brought to you by the team at Auxano. We navigate leaders through growth challenges with vision clarity. Learn more about Auxano.

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2013 – Issue #4 – The Cove, WordServe, LakePointe Church, Harvest Christian Fellowship

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2013 – Issue #3 – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Renovatus, Scum of the Earth, Trinity Grace

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2013 – Issue #2 – Northwest Bible Church, Mosaic Church, Redemption Church, 360 Church

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2013 – Issue #1 – Meadow Heights, Revolution 216, Chapelwood UMC, Flood Church

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The 2013 Unique 19 Churches:

  • Chapelwood UMC, Houston, TX – A Grace-soaked culture leads to Grace-soaked lives
  • Revolution 216, Cleveland, OH – The hip hop church where misfits fit
  • Meadow Heights, MO – An unstoppable force in an improbable place
  • Flood Church, San Diego, CA – Reaching an unreached generation
  • Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, TX – Where it’s OK to not be fine
  • Mosaic Church, Little Rock, AR – Pursuing unity to create real community transformation
  • Redemption Church, Tempe, AZ – We can accomplish more together than we can apart
  • 360 Church, Sarasota, FL  - Building a courageous church with a 1-to-1 relational mindset
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian, Newport Beach, CA – Redefining the Good Life
  • Renovatus, Charlotte, NC – A church of people under renovation – liars, dreamers and misfits
  • Scum of the Earth, Denver, CO – A church for the right-brained and left-out
  • Trinity Grace, New York, NY – Joining God with the renewal of the city
  • The Cove, Moorseville, NC – 1,000 Neighborhood Campuses in Race City, USA
  • WordServe, Fulshear, TX – Typical Suburb, Totally New Scorecard
  • LakePointe Church, Little Rock, AR – Making it harder to go to hell in Hot Springs
  • Harvest Christian Fellowship, Plainview, TX – After the Father’s heart amid the independence of west Texas
  • New City Church, Los Angeles, CA – Bringing together the forgotten and the fortunate across Los Angeles
  • Good Shepherd UMC, Charlotte, NC – De-weirding the Holy Spirit
  • Harvest Church, Billings, MT – Living the Way of Jesus, Out of the Way

Recent Comments
I was on a committee that closed churches. It killed me that we could close a church one week and the next week it would open with a different name and different denomination and cars would be parked up and down the street. Why? Why? Why?
 
— Carolyn vines
 
Recently I visited a Church and I was #1 put off by the timing of the meet and greet. 10 minutes after the Pastor had begun speaking he stopped for the m & g, which totally throwed the focus off from the sermon. Which made me think "wow" could that not have been done at the beginning or end. And #2 at no time during the sermon was a biblical passage given to back up what the Pastor referred to in his comments. I didn't go back as I didn't feel God's presence guiding that church.
 
— Darla
 
Solid article. I was once handed a list of 6 things I had done wrong over the previous 45 days. While some of them had indeed been things that had been discussed (usually in a 30-second conversation- nothing to indicate that they were real "problems") the vast majority of them were trumped up nonsense. When I asked this person why he never walked down to my office, less than 20 feet away form his, to discuss them, he told that he was unable to manage me. Pathetic. He then handed it to me to sign. None of the elders had signed it, and when I asked about that, he had one of them who was present in the building sign it. Interestingly, he never even signed his own name in the space provided. I asked for a copy signed by ALL of the elders multiple times afterward, and never received it. I later from one of them that he had not sought approval prior to giving it to me, despite typing their names on the document as though he had.
 
— John Mulholland (@xjm716)
 

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