Friday, August 21, 2009

Naming a Church

Naming a church can be harder than you think. You have to consider the community in which your church will be planted. You have to consider your own DNA for ministry as well as the vision and mission of the church based on the needs and opportunities for ministry in your area.

You don’t want to go to a rural area and call your church “Hippie Chic Community of Enlightenment.” You don’t want to go to an affluent, urban area and name your church “Wildwood Chapel and Shekinah Glory Prayer Tabernacle.” And you don’t want to go to a retirement community and call your church “Fast Forward Future Church.”

Of course, a name also depends on your denominational affiliation. If you are United Methodist like me, Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow is probably not a good option. If you are Baptist, Microbrewery Church is out. If you are Episcopalian planting a church in my hometown of Waco, TX, your best choice is probably First Baptist Episcopalian Church. I stole that last one. But playing off of it, if you are inter-denominational, what about First Bapti-Metho-Epsici-Presby-Ssemlby of the Naza-Catho-Luthe-Costals ?

Anyway, I think I have settled on a name, although until I get buy-in from all the right folks, I’m keeping it under wraps. Still, that "Perpetual Sorrow" thing has a ring to it.

1 comment:

  1. I personally love the name. Could be just a bit bias? Keep pushing the envelope for the Kingdom! can't have this one.