Should We Change the Name of Our Church?

Episode #105
August 8, 2019
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When churches are looking to revitalize, a name change is often on the table. Today, we discuss whether or not you should change the name of a church as part of a revitalization.

Episode Highlights:

  • Most churches have no reputation in their community—which is not good.
  • When churches named after their community change their name, it can be seen by those in the area as abandoning the community.
  • Changing the name of a church is NOT a silver bullet for growth but too many churches act like it’s supposed to be.

The five perspectives we discuss are:

  1. Yes. The current name of the church has a terrible reputation.
  2. No. You should reclaim the name and redeem its purpose and presence in the community.
  3. Yes. The name is confusing.
  4. No. A name change acts like a silver bullet and minimizes the important factors.
  5. Yes. The name reflects an incorrect address.

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