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
Spot on. Great article. Thanks!
 
— Dave Corlew
 
I agree with several of these comments..unfortunately though many people look for a church that can give them something. Well if your view of a church is based on the building, and what the people in it can do for you...already you're bound to fail at finding a home church. 1 example given was not satisfactory child center. Maybe that's something you could do..be the change..there are countless studies based on follow the leader.. 1 person stand in a line, you don't even have to know what it's for, eventually others join..more and more.. if you make changes others like, more will join and help and before you know it,a full children's ministry has taken off. A church is only as strong or broken as all it's members together..because that's all the church really is..not a building you sit at for 2 hours 1 day a week before a race or football game.
 
— shawn
 
As I began to jot notes down about my organization specifically, I think it can become a kind of guiding document that focuses sharply on the "how". It can be a tangible, accessible foundation for everyday organizational reality in different terms than the Vision Proper. Of course, it is a living document that will be saturated with your vision frame (mission, metrics, etc.) and other elements of the Vision Pathway too. Especially when I see a focus on things like values, the constitution can allow you to define them even further and connect them to the operations of the organization. Even your least "big picture" staff/volunteers can grasp and internalize the result of what I interpret Edmonds is going for. It feels very practical. All that to say, I'm not entirely sure! I just ordered the book, so I hope to read through it soon and get a better idea. Thank you for responding.
 
— Jon Pyle
 

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