1. Church Nomination Form

As Outreach magazine gears up for our second annual America's Most Innovative Churches list, coming in the January/February 2008 issue, we want your help! We want to hear about the churches YOU think are innovative, the diverse churches, perhaps under our radar, that are doing ministry "out of the box." It could be your own, or one you admire. We invite you to nominate this church for consideration by our panel of experts as they compile a list of 25 churches, both from your nominations and their own research and experience, that will be featured as America's Most Innovative Churches in 2008.

NOTE: You are not "voting" for which churches make the Most Innovative Church list, so it doesn't matter how many times a certain church is nominated. The purpose of this survey is to suggest innovative churches that will be evaluated along with the OTHER churches our panelists are considering. A nomination does not guarantee a church will appear on the list.

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* 1. Tell Us About Yourself

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* 2. Tell us about a church that you believe demonstrates innovation in creatively reaching its community and the world for Christ, and should be considered by our expert panel for our second annual America's Most Innovative Churches list?

Innovation comes in many forms -- technology, media, community involvement, unconventional ministries, unique service styles, and much more. Please use the following list as a guideline to detail the kind of innovation that is happening at the church you're nominating. Check "yes" if the church is doing that particular innovation at this time. Check "no" if the church is not doing that innovation at this time. Please add any comments to help the panel consider your submission.

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* 3. Multiple Sites (several campuses are meeting in various locations under church name, including video venues where people can watch footage of the church's services)

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* 4. Church Planting Network (this church is planting other churches in various locations throughout the U.S. and/or world that are claiming affiliation to the nominated church's network)

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* 5. Resourcing Other Churches (this church offers curricula, sermons and creative ideas to other congregations, either through download, or through a published text)

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* 6. Formal Civic Partnerships (this church has a formal and ongoing partnership with a civic organization in the community, whether it be the city government, or a local charity organization, etc.)

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* 7. Intergenerational Ministry (this church's adults and youth/children are involved in joint worship services, and/or joint ministries where they serve together)

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* 8. Multi-Lingual Services (in this church, some, if not all, worship services are presented in a language other than English)

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* 9. Church offers unconventional outreach or target ministries

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* 10. Podcast/Vodcast (this church offers either a sermon, separate message or video clip for downloading to a mp3 player)

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* 11. Innovative Web presence (this church maintains an Internet campus or other strategic online venture)

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* 12. Blogging (someone from this church--pastor, leader, member--maintains an outreach-oriented online Web-log through the church's Web site)

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* 13. Social Networking (this church is part of the MySpace community or some other online social networking community like Facebook or YouTube)

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* 14. Film/Media Production (this church conceptualizes and produces films, magazines or TV clips for its services, and/or for a mass audience that goes beyond its congregants)

Here's your chance to go more in-depth and highlight the specific innovations at the church you have nominated for consideration.

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* 15. In what other ways is your nominated church innovating to reach others for Christ? Please be specific.

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* 16. In general, what do you think makes a church innovative?

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* 17. Additional comments or information

Thank you for nominating a church for consideration for our 2008 Most Innovative Church's List. Our panel of 12 ministry leaders and experts--some of the leading voices in church creativity and the marketplace today--will consider your nominations in addition to their own as they compile our second annual list of America's Most Innovative Churches. Look for the list in our January/February 2008 issue!

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