Name change

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  1. Salty

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    If a church has had some problems, do you think they should consider a new name for the church?

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    So, this name changing will be a weekly event?
     
  3. Tom Bryant

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    I have known a few churches in our local association that have tried that. One was successful because they had really changed the issues that made them have problems. The other thought that if they changed the name no one would remember that they were a dysfunctional church. They were just a dysfunctional church with a new name.
     
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    I would say there is some dysfunctional issues, which I trust I can address. Thus the thought about changing the name.
    Of course, there may be an old timer who insists on maintain the name (just a "could be")
    The church was founded in 1985, and is in a small town.
     
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    Small towns have long memories. The old timers here still think of us as the church where the pastor was unfaithful to his wife, which was 20 years and 5 pastors ago.

    Praying for you to have God's wisdom in all the needs to be done.
     
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    A new can of paint won't change what people think of an ugly house. You may want to consider total renovation and a reworking of the foundation first.
     
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    Been there done that when I was a teen, didn't work.

    Small church my dad pastored had a lot of troubled history...
    Completely NEW people came in AFTER the original church closed, and we changed the name of the church to reflect the actual change OF the church.

    The community never did accept the change... It was always the same reputation, even though it was completely different people.
     
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    Tell us honestly and truthfully----how many name changes have you had, Salty---ole buddy---ole pal????!
     
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    The church we're a member of now changed their name 24 years ago when the current pastor came on board. He told us that it had a bit of a bad reputation around the area, so they thought changing the name would be a good first step.
     
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    I agree. Churches are made up of imperfect people, and there will always be problems of some sort.

    I was a member of one church that combined with another church, and we voted on a new name for that reason. I liked the new name better--Victory Baptist. I was there for about 20 years.
     
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    Sorry - couldn't pass this up. Its a good thing I just finished my cuppa tea or someone would have been spewed!!! LOL
     
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    I think the question to ask is, "What difference does a name change make?"

    If I am a thief and charged as such, changing my name to John or Jack does not change the fact that I am a thief.

    Frankly, I think you must look beyond the name, and what it represented, preach the truth and bring about change. This change will be evidenced in community over time.

    Cheers,

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    When the hylesish sect took over a wonderful church they changed the name to honor their "heros" (Roloff and Jack). We always said they changed the name to protect the guilty . . but if that were true a couple of name changes MORE should have happened.

    We are a reasonably-sized city to a name change in a very very minor church meant little. Us old-timers still call it by its old name in honor of the founding and great years until it began its man-worship skids.
     
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    Well I suppose it could be considered, but not as a fix. Changing the name will not solve what caused the problems. The problems are because of sin. That needs to be dealt with from within first. :wavey:
     
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    A name change would not be addressing the issue in a productive manner. If the problem is certain members in the Church, then the problem will still be there even after the name change.

    Just as in our spiritual walk, there must needs be a change from the inside. One can call oneself a Christian, but if one does not allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct that one, but rather acts like the world without conviction, the name means nothing. The Holy Spirit does a change from the inside out.

    The Sanctuary, if reflecting in the inside the work of the Holy Spirit, will have changed tremendously.

    And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2Pe 1:5-8 KJV)
     
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  16. Salty

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    We decided not to change the name.

    As far as problems - those folks are no longer attending the church.

    This am 10 in SS and 15 in worship. Some would have come, but they previously made plans for today, since a month ago, a decision was made to cancel services ( but not all members knew about the meeting). They will be in attendance next week.

    Thanks for all the input.

    Salty
     

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