Pandemic-Related Innovations in Churches

Sponsored by the Great Commission Research Network

and Knox Fellowship



To compile and disseminate outstanding innovations in evangelism and church planting developed during the 2020-21 pandemic and lock-down.



Submissions should be between 1200 and 2400 words, describing one specific innovation that maintained or increased effectiveness in evangelism and church planting during the pandemic. These innovations may be, but are not necessarily, related to technology.


Since these innovations share a common background of the COVID-19 pandemic, no background information concerning the pandemic needs to be included in the submission. However, local specifics, such as stay-at-home orders mandated by state, county, or city authorities, which are relevant to the innovation should be explained.


Innovations that require more than 2400 words should be split up into smaller innovations. There is no limit to the number of submissions an individual or church can make.


Submissions should be emailed by April 30, 2021, to David Dunaetz, editor of the Great Commission Research Journal:  


Publication and Awards:

The authors of the top 4 innovations will receive a monetary prize of $500 (to be shared in the case of multiple-author submissions).


The most valuable innovations will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Great Commission Research Journal. Selected authors will also be given an opportunity to present their innovations at the Great Commission Research Network’s online conference on June 11, 2021.


If there are a sufficient number of valuable innovations, they will be published in a book.