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Friday, January 20, 2006

Church name

Okay - first topic up for discussion - the name. Here's the list of possibilities:

Ekklesia Christian Community
Emmaus Road Community Church
The Journey
River's Edge Community Church
The River Community Church
Via Christus Community Church

What are your thoughts? What do you like or don't like? What do the names mean to you?...


  • Hmm, I'm still partial to Via Christus and Ekklesia- but maybe to avoid confusion there would be other foreign word possibilities

    By Blogger Charlotte Wyncoop, at 1:50 PM  

  • I remember having a conversation with Mike and Julie (and maybe some others I dont remember, I'm sorry) about naming the new church, and it was brought up that we did not want it to sound like a subdivision. In going with that thought, I'm afraid that perhaps River's Edge and The River may sound kind of subdivision-ish. Both are good ideas, I just thought I would throw that out there.

    By Blogger Laurie, at 8:09 PM  

  • To the Clawsons- I love that you created a blog. Way to be on top of things in our "age of technology." Anyway, I have to agree 100% with Char... my favorite churh names are Via Christus and Ekklesia. Ari says he like Via Christus the best. Alright... good talk. I'm out.

    By Blogger Monaca, at 9:04 PM  

  • We definitely are still averse to sub-division names, and funny thing, I was surveying people today about our church names, and someone actually told me that the name of their subdivision was "River's Edge"! Although, on the other hand, River's Edge did get the most positive response by far of all the people I surveyed. The Journey got the worst response, only one person liked it.

    Not much response at all on Via Christus, I think for most unchurched people they didn't know what to make of it. As my boss at work said, "I don't know what the hell that means." :)

    By Blogger Mike Clawson, at 11:48 PM  

  • My favorites are Ekklesia and Via Christus

    By Blogger Michelle, at 2:31 PM  

  • Well I prefer the name Via Christus. According to Mike the public liked Rivers Edge. My first thought was oh well we should just use Rivers Edge to more appealing to the community. Then I thought well wait a second we all talked about how we want to be a church focused on the way of Christ and not controlled by demographics. To me it seems like if we go with the name Rivers Edge because of its popularity with the public then I think that we might already start on a shift towards creating an image that is more appealing to the community then being the church that God has laid out for us to be. (It was just a thought.)

    Now on to my thoughts for Via Christus Community Church. I think it may be a better tool. Some people may not know what it means, in fact I am sure there are tons of people who don't, but the name includes community church and that is about all a person needs, to know that we are well a community church. I think the name will make some people ask what does Via Christus mean. Giving us, the church, a good segway to explain and plant the vision of our church in the community.

    So those were my thoughts I would like to hear some feedback.

    By Blogger Nathan, at 7:20 AM  

  • I'm with Nathan on this one. Maybe the other question we should ask is: Does anyone have anything against that name or is God telling anyone Via Christus is not a good name? If we're all liking it, maybe it's a good start.

    By Blogger Charlotte Wyncoop, at 5:32 PM  

  • It seems that we are all leaning towards Via Christus Community Church. Unless there are any major objections, I think that's what we'll go with. We'll talk about it more at our next Vision Team Meeting on February 2nd.


    By Blogger Mike Clawson, at 9:21 PM  

  • BTW, great thoughts everyone. I especially liked hearing about your thought process Nathan. Good stuff.


    By Blogger Mike Clawson, at 10:10 PM  

  • Emmaus Road is probably my favorite, although since we are targeting new people to the area, maybe having a geographical but non-regional reference isn't so good. Especially since it is not one of the common known place references in the Bible.

    As with the others, I am leaning toward the foreign names. However I wouldn't go with
    Ekklesia as I suspect most people are not going to know how to pronounce it.

    By Blogger WarePhreak Wyncoop, at 10:19 PM  

  • okay so I just discovered that there is a River's Edge Fellowship of Belivers in Oswego... so another reason not to go with that...

    By Blogger Julie, at 10:14 AM  

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