Contemporary Trends in Church Names


Remember when denominational names were en vogue? Remember when you could figure out which denominational church came to the city first: First Methodist; First Baptist; First Presbyterian? Remember when you could tell two churches that split: Harmony Baptist Church and Greater Harmony Baptist Church?

Those days are gone. But what has not changed is that many churches have commonalities in names. In their attempts to be different, they have become common. I went to social media and to Church Answers to learn from my community about church names. Their responses were both fascinating and funny.

  • “Point” has become ubiquitous. LifePoint. CrossPoint. Add an “e” to be fancy: GracePointe; LifePointe; CrossPointe.
  • “Life” has a new life: Life Church; Real Life; New Life; LifePoint or LifePointe (see above).
  • Tim Keller put Redeemer back into vogue. Both Redeemer and Redemption get a lot of love.
  • City Church, usually with another name in front of it. These churches can be found in the city, suburbs, and the country.
  • Christ Church. It’s simple and popular.
  • Five biggies the past ten years: Journey, Bridge, Foundry, Mosaic, and Generation.
  • Cross has made a surge. Cross Church. Cross Fellowship. Cross Roads. CrossPoint or CrossPointe (see above).
  • Simple Church. Sorry, that was a book (available at
  • Meaningful names. Impact. Potential. Epic. Transformation. Renovation. Innovate.
  • Fellowship can be found in almost any town. It usually has other words, but sometimes it’s just Fellowship Church.
  • Grace. Especially in the Reformed churches.
  • Many churches like the new factor: New Life. New Hope. New Song. New Now (I made up the one). NewPoint. NewPointe (see above).
  • Moving on up. Elevate. Vertical. Summit.
  • Not English. Pick a Greek or Latin name you remember from seminary. Eklessia. Ecclessia. Koinonia. Agape. Many others.

What are some contemporary church names you could add? Got any funny examples? Let me hear from you.

Posted on June 18, 2018

With nearly 40 years of ministry experience, Thom Rainer has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of local churches across North America.
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  • This seems disingenuous, like you’re trying to obfuscate your root sect. This has led me to avoid any church I can’t immediately peg, because doctrine and creed and sect does actually matter.

  • Frank D. Deiter says on

    I have not found an answer, other then, that •Karen• means ‘pure’ in its original meaning to this Q> Why do three different churches denominations use the name ‘ Karen’ in there names?. One is a Baptist, another is Weslyin(?)/ Methodist, the other is SDA. Are they saying, “we are ‘more’ pure then other churches( of their names,because we have the name Karen in our name?.‍♂️
    If not, why three different churches use the name Karen, in their names?‍♂️
    Can one/others answer me by email
    [email protected] ?.

  • patricia henneman says on

    the lakes this is a name of a church that claims to be lutheran and pentecostal and evangelical together

  • Thanks for the article Brother!!!
    We are Yeshua’s Church made from many disciples gathering together IN HIS NAME.
    Praying that The Almighty continues to draw us together as One.
    Ron Way

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