If you could change the name of your church, would you?

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Name changes are all around us. Some of them seem absurd (e.g., “Converge” for the Baptist General Conference); even when some have good logic behind them, the change is just not right IMO — like Cru for Campus Crusade). Churches are taking out the name of their denomination or type. I personally dislike that trend — if you are part of a group, you ought to be proud of that fact or get out! I know, things are not that black and white. Still, just saying.

Anyhow, please feel free to express what you would call your church or a new church that was starting out.

If I could, I would change our church’s name to Messiah Bible Church because people who come here will get a good dose of the Messiah and a good dose of Bible.

What are your thoughts?

Poll Results

If you could change the name of your church, would you?

No, I am pretty much satisfied with our church’s name. Votes: 16
Yes, I would change it if I could. Votes: 7
Yes, I would like the name to change but would oppose that because of recognition in the community. Votes: 0
Not sure Votes: 0
Other Votes: 0

(Migrated poll)

0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 0


Here are some fractured church names. How about adding some more?

The Church of the Broken Door

The Church Out of the Way

Next to Last Baptist Church

Olive Oil Church for the Heart

Landsakes Baptist

"The Midrash Detective"

There was Beth Aven (instead of Beth Haven) Baptist.

There are a number of Battlefield Baptist Churches (usually close to Civil War battlefields).

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

Lord willing Southeast Valley Baptist Church will become Southeast Valley Bible Church on Feb 8th. Have wanted to do this for years but the time was not right., The time is now right.

Straight Ahead!


Dr. Joel Tetreau serves as Senior Pastor, Southeast Valley Bible Church (sevbc.org); Regional Coordinator for IBL West (iblministry.com), Board Member & friend for several different ministries;

I have always liked”

First United Generic Christian Community Family Fellowship at The Pointe


Our church started as an old outpost church over 175 years ago…Washington Baptist Church. No one uses “Washington” to describe where we live…it is only used to determine polling locations…but it’s 177 years old…I’ve switched Bible versions and we sing more than just hymns and have started small groups, but a name change might just get me fired…

Brian Dempsey
Pastor, WBC
I Cor. 10:31

with the descriptor “Baptist”. Though, I do tend to like geographic descriptors (Salada Beach Baptist) rather than generics like “Faith Baptist” or “Calvary Baptist”. I do think it is counterproductive to use overly precise descriptors e.g. Bible Baptist, King James Baptist, XYZ Fundamental Baptist.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..