Name changes — in the last twenty five years thousands of churches have changed names. Baptist, Methodist, AOG churches have dropped their denominational tags and adopted a more inclusive approach to naming their churches. Other churches like MOSAIC have dropped the tag “church” altogether.
We’re not the first to “play around” with nomenclature. Here’s a quote from the middle of the 16th century:
Let us drop these diabolical words, these party names, these factional, seditious terms – Lutheran, Huguenot, Papist – let us not change the name of Christian.
–Chancellor Michel De L’Hopital At The Opening of the Estates General of 1560
I guess the Chancellor was a nondenomination type of guy. Perhaps the time has come to not only rename churches but entire denominations. Rather than anchoring our clans to the past, let’s cast them out into the future.
Here’s an exercise for you. If you could rename your denomination, what name would you choose? NO OLD CLICHES LIKE The Frozen Chosen ALLOWED. These must be new names. Positive names. Something with cool, with style, with verve. Or, try this…of your favorite new names for churches [i.e. journey, sojourn, aqeous, spin, mosaic, etc), which names fit which denomination?
The more things change, the more they remain the same. But things do change.
See you in the Mystic…