Firestarters: The Chapel & Ottumwa Bridge

We’ve been honoring churches all week that excel in the field of church communications. They’re breaking down walls, challenging the norms and blazing new trails for others to follow. That’s why we call them Firestarters. They start creative fires wherever they go! Today we round out our 2010 honorees by looking at a church that’s leveraging social media for good and another that makes things happen on a proverbial dime.

The Chapel – Chicago
The Chapel is doing some incredible work in the Chicagoland area and have leveraged great marketing ideas, social media, and the web to effectively reach thousands. They have an active presence on most social networks, ranging from a Facebook group for their singles ministry to a staff Twitter directory.
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Ottumwa Bridge – Ottumwa, Iowa
Led by Marty Schmidt, this church has done a lot with a very small budget. They have a great website and lead pastor Marty’s blog serves as one of the primary points of communication for the church. They are growing exponentially in a tough place for church growth, with a minuscule budget.
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Read more about what a Firestarter is and how churches were selected and view the full list of the 2010 Firestarters.