Our church is part of the denomination known as the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA). The CMA does have its own branding guide, and if possible, we'd like to be somewhat related to their color scheme and fonts, but it's certainly not a requirement if designers want to take creative liberties and try different things. I've attached the CMA Branding Guide as a PDF file.
A value for us would also be to have a logo that's fairly reproducible. I love clean, sharp text (rather than a script font), and 1-dimensional simple graphics (instead of complex 3-dimensional graphics).
I've also attached our current logo, which we're not crazy about. We don't love the font or the green/brown color combo. We don't necessarily hate using a tree for an image, but we're certainly open to new ideas, or other versions of a tree. The picture is small, but can give you an idea of what we've had.
I've also attached a couple more logos from other churches that we've found we like, the "Bethel Music" logo probably being our favorite.
Thank you all, so much! There are so many amazing designers here - we're excited to see the submissions!