The name of my church is Pioneer Memorial Church.
In my thinking, having the word “church ” in the title somewhere is a part of how a church is identified. It helps people to know what it is.
Interestingly, a church nearby has recently announced that they’re removing “church” from its name. In other words, it used to be called Granger Community Church. They’re now changing their name to Granger Commons. I understand, of course, why they’re doing it: they’re wanting to communicate that the church is not a building. In this new approach, a church is part of what that space is used for, but they’re trying to create a space for the community to interact. You can eat there. Chill there. Work there.
I haven’t made up my mind, yet, whether this is a brilliant missional move, or whether this is an extreme form of pandering to culture. I suppose a part of me thinks that it comes across like that older parent who is desperately trying to look hip–skinny jeans and spiked up hair–with their children annoyingly embarrassed and hoping they will act like normal parents. But, maybe it will work amazingly well. I want it to work. I applaud them for trying.
To see the announcement see this video below.
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