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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.
- Most churches have no reputation in their community—which is not good.
- If your church is scandal-ridden and all your Google results are about the scandals, then it might be best to change the name of the church.
- 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.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
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