Monday, January 22, 2007

Three Chicagoland Congregations Among Nation's Most Innovative

The top 25 most innovative churches according to Outreach magazine:

1. - Edmond, Okla.
2. Granger Community Church - Granger, Ind.
3. North Point Community Church - Alpharetta, Ga.
4. Fellowship Church - Grapevine, Tex.
5. Mosaic Church - Los Angeles, Calif.
6. Seacoast Church - Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
7. Community Christian Church - Naperville, Ill.
8. National Community Church - Washington, D.C.
9. Mars Hill Church - Seattle, Wash.
10. New Hope Christian Fellowship - O'ahu, Honolulu
11. Mars Hill Bible Church - Grandville, Mich.
12. The Potter's House - Dallas, Tex.
13. Crossover Church - Tampa, Fla.
14. Church of the Open Door - Maple Grove, Minn.
15. Redeemer Presbyterian Church - New York, N.Y.
16. Healing Place Church - Baton Rouge, La.
17. The Journey - New York, N.Y.
18. Saddleback Church - Lake Forest, Calif.
19. North Coast Church - Vista, Calif.
20. Willow Creek Community Church - South Barrington, Ill.
21. Imago Dei Community - Portland, Ore.
22. Christ the King Community Church - Mt. Vernon, Wash.
23. Radiant Church - Surprise, Ariz.
24. Living Word Christian Center - Forest Park, Ill.
25. The Sanctuary - Santa Clarita, Calif===>Click headline to access article . . .

>Inspiring resources for timely reading:
The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being One Church in Many Locations
Evaluating the Church Growth Movement: 5 Views by Elmer Towns, Craig Van Gelder, Charles Van Engen, Gailyn Van Rheenan, & Howard Snyder; Gary McIntosh, general editor
Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You've Found by Kevin & Sherry Harney

>Extra Points: Five Streams of the Emerging Church
(Christianity Today) Scot McKnight: "Along with unfair stereotypes of other traditions, such are the urban legends surrounding the emerging church -- one of the most controversial and misunderstood movements today. As an evangelical, I've had my concerns, but overall I think what emerging Christians bring to the table is vital for the overall health of the church. In this article, I want to undermine the urban legends and provide a more accurate description of the emerging movement....

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