Church Planting Teams Running Out Of Edgy Names

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Jim's picture

2 comments:

  • Tyler normally posts BB links and he may do so today - thus two /OH THE HUMANITY/ BB links
  • Have we all grown up enough that because it is Friday and we all know about BB that we don't need to do this - **** SATIRE **** anymore?!
TylerR's picture

Editor

They should just start using Greek words in their church names - that'll get them a few years worth of good names:

  • Alethia Fellowship
  • Xaris Xrossing
  • Soteria Assembly
  • etc, ete 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

JBL's picture

If evangelical churches were not doctrinally weak and watered down, their church names would reflect traditional conventions.  Anyone who doesn't see this is blind to what is going on.

John B. Lee

Darrell Post's picture

I realize this is satire, but a few years ago I put together a game for a church fellowship, where I mixed together names of actual churches, names of music groups and titles of Christian Living books. The point was all three genres search for pithy, catchy names that will increase the bottom line.

Here is the list of actual churches I found:

Run for your Life
Angels on Fire  
Healing has Begun 
By Fire By Fire 
Jehovah Sharp Sharp 
Satan in Trouble 
High Tension 
Chukwudi & Son 
Power Pass Power 
Guided Missiles 
Go and Tell Ahab that Elijah is Here
Trigger Happy 
El-Shaddai Must not Die 
Givers Never Lack 
Fist of Fury 
The Yoke Must Broke 
The House

You can see how these could double for a music group name, or the title of a Christian Living book. I could post those lists too if anyone is interested.

My run-away favorite is "Go and Tell Ahab that Elijah is Here"

Jim's picture

Darrell Post wrote:

I realize this is satire, but a few years ago I put together a game for a church fellowship, where I mixed together names of actual churches, names of music groups and titles of Christian Living books. The point was all three genres search for pithy, catchy names that will increase the bottom line.

Here is the list of actual churches I found:

Run for your Life
Angels on Fire  
Healing has Begun 
By Fire By Fire 
Jehovah Sharp Sharp 
Satan in Trouble 
High Tension 
Chukwudi & Son 
Power Pass Power 
Guided Missiles 
Go and Tell Ahab that Elijah is Here
Trigger Happy 
El-Shaddai Must not Die 
Givers Never Lack 
Fist of Fury 
The Yoke Must Broke 
The House

You can see how these could double for a music group name, or the title of a Christian Living book. I could post those lists too if anyone is interested.

My run-away favorite is "Go and Tell Ahab that Elijah is Here"

You are making the case for ... "Let's just name it 'First Baptist Church'"

Bert Perry's picture

Jim wrote:

This is where I grew up (Delhi OH)

I'm going back there to plant a Baptist church and name it Devils Backbone Baptist Church ... and I can't wait to see the eyes of attendees at the GARBC conference when the church is accepted into the association.

My grandmother grew up near an area known as Gin Ridge.  Sadly, her childhood Baptist church was not named after the locality.  :^)

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Ron Bean's picture

I recall a Beth Aven (not Haven) Baptist Church but one of the most unfortunate one I've seen is Battlefield Baptist Church.

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

Mark_Smith's picture

Has anyone heard of Beecher Bible and Rifle Church? It was from the Kansas Territory "Bleeding Kansas" days.

JNoël's picture

Not to change the subject, but I have been pondering the concept of "church planting" ever since an article was linked to here recently about "Why Jesus Never Commanded Us to Plant Churches." God really didn't command us to go somewhere and open a church, he commanded us to make disciples. When there are Christians who have not yet been organized into an assembly that has overseers and deacons, located in an area where no such organization already exists, then a church is a natural outworking of the process of making disciples.

Where I live, I have seen several church plants in the past several years - and I still don't know why. There are already many churches well within driving distance that stand on the absolutes (dare I say the word "fundamentals?"), so why do we need more? Could it be just another example of Americanism, where we want just that perfect flavor, where we want to have it our way?

Ashamed of Jesus! of that Friend On whom for heaven my hopes depend! It must not be! be this my shame, That I no more revere His name. -Joseph Grigg (1720-1768)

Bert Perry's picture

I remember, when my family moved to Minnesota, visiting a church on the south side of the Minnesota River and having a hearty laugh when the pastor said "we decided not to call ourselves Savage Baptist Church for obvious reasons."

Appreciate JNoel's comment as well...certainly "I want it my way" is part of the plethora of church buildings in many towns no longer used as such.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Lee's picture

Darrell Post wrote:

...

Here is the list of actual churches I found:

Run for your Life
Angels on Fire  
Healing has Begun 
By Fire By Fire 
Jehovah Sharp Sharp 
Satan in Trouble 
High Tension 
Chukwudi & Son 
Power Pass Power 
Guided Missiles 
Go and Tell Ahab that Elijah is Here
Trigger Happy 
El-Shaddai Must not Die 
Givers Never Lack 
Fist of Fury 
The Yoke Must Broke 
The House

You can see how these could double for a music group name, or the title of a Christian Living book. I could post those lists too if anyone is interested.

My run-away favorite is "Go and Tell Ahab that Elijah is Here"

My favorite was a church in my own ministry sphere named: A.C.T.S.-- Anointed Christians Terrorizing Satan

My second favorite was Foot of Ten Bible Church

 

 

Lee

Dan Miller's picture

In spite of my respect for its history, I have always thought that "Wealthy Park Baptist Church" was very sadly named. 

Jim Barnes's picture

I find including "Point" in the name of several churches in metro-Indy a bit edgy. There's Cross Pointe, Grace Point, South Point, The Point, Connection Point, Entry Point, Hope's Point, Life Point, etc. No problem with it, just wanted to POINT this out.  

TylerR's picture

Editor

It's especially trendy when you spell it "Pointe"

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Larry Nelson's picture

Jim Barnes wrote:

I find including "Point" in the name of several churches in metro-Indy a bit edgy. There's Cross Pointe, Grace Point, South Point, The Point, Connection Point, Entry Point, Hope's Point, Life Point, etc. No problem with it, just wanted to POINT this out.  

TylerR wrote:

It's especially trendy when you spell it "Pointe"

.....is pastored by an FBFI Board Emeritus member:

Dr. Rick Arrowood
Crosspointe Baptist Church
220 N Country Club Road
Indianapolis, IN 46234
317.217.1600

http://fbfi.org/board-emeritus/

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Is the FBFI o.k. with them being "edgy" or "trendy"?   =)