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
Great article as usual from Ed.
 
— Jim Bradshaw
 
I recently left the church where I had attended for 10 years & have been looking for another church home. I visited several in cities that were a distance away- 35 minutes, 1 hr & 1.5 hrs. I could see myself serving in any of those churches, but would like some place closer. I tried several in the town where I live, but no luck so far. One service was supposed to start at 10, but didn't start til 10:20 & the "announcements" took up- no exaggeration- 30+ minutes! THEN they called a guy up to "pray over the offering" He proceeded to whip the congregation into being cheerful givers: "What time is it saints?" [mumble, mumble] "I said, what time is it?" "HAPPY TIME!"- this went on for 15 minutes. ONE hour after their supposed start time, they actually began praise & worship! Another church I went to locally was ok, but the morning I visited there, near the end of the sermon, the pastor announced in his sermon, "I'm not one of those educated preachers! I'm just a simple man with a simple message; I don't get into the Old Testament & all the feast days & all that....I like to stick with the gospels." Nothing wrong with the Gospels, but it's like going to Golden Corral & only eating at the taco bar...good stuff but you're missing out on so much! Needless to say, that was my confirmation to move on... I'm currently driving 1.5 hrs on Sunday nights to attend an excellent church in Charlotte.
 
— Cathy
 
I have an autoimmune disorder. It would be nice if the 'meet & greet' didn't include "Shake the hand of 10 people" Basically it all seems so artificial anyway. Once you sit down can you remember that person's name, color of their eyes, anything they said? My church has an information area with a live person behind the counter. However, the person behind the counter is clueless as to what is happening at the church, which groups they have or where they meet. Basically that person can't answer any questions. The church also has a website. It informs you when the services are, a few of the groups that are available but very little information about what the groups entail or who to contact for each group. There isn't a calendar of events. They are very impressed with themselves since they have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on. Defeats the purpose if it's all about past events. The rest of the top 10 - luckily don't fit the church I attend.
 
— Jean
 

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