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.
- 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:
- Yes. The current name of the church has a terrible reputation.
- No. You should reclaim the name and redeem its purpose and presence in the community.
- Yes. The name is confusing.
- No. A name change acts like a silver bullet and minimizes the important factors.
- Yes. The name reflects an incorrect address.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Revitalizer Profile
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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