I have this hunch that there are some really creative and innovative things that churches are doing in this world of ours. I would like to get your participation in answering the following question:
What innovative things are churches or ministries doing?
By innovative I do not mean that the innovation has to be something necessarily new, but rather something that might be challenging or risky or require creativity. What I am looking for is outside the box efforts that might be experimental or unconventional. For example, using the church building for a junior high lock-in will fall into the not innovative category. However, using the church building as a service center for the growing population of immigrant workers in the community would be an innovative use of the building.
If it helps, below is a framework for thinking. Use it or don't. But please share as much as you know about the church or ministry you find innovative. Also, if it is appropriate (usually it will be), please provide a url or link to the church or ministry if you have it.
1. Innovative use of church facilities.
2. Innovative service in local community (within 2 miles of the central location of the building).
3. Innovative use of budget or capital campaign (ie not to build more structures for member use).
4. Innovative local cross-cultural outreach.
5. Innovative use of volunteers (not teaching Bible class or VBS).
6. Innovative work or ministry fighting poverty.
7. Innovative ministry collaborations across denominational lines.
8. Innovative staffing.
9. Innovative use of worship arts (praise team and powerpoints is not innovative. Themed art gallery of work by church members or local artists is innovative).
10. Innovative ways of telling the story of Jesus (in any context) outside of traditional use of sermons.
Finally, I would love for you to copy this post and post this to your blog (if you're feeling generous and interested in the topic). It would be really cool to share and learn from each other.