Last February I invited each of the adult Sunday School classes to offer a representative to join a group to take on the renaming of our church– a recommendation of our relocation consultant.
This group has met several times over the ensuing months and we have had a lot of really good conversation. This has not been an easy conversation to start, but the team has considered the options and concurs with the recommendation.
Next up we are going to need your input. Throughout the month of October we will be accepting suggested names. Many of you have already been thinking about this. Many of you have shared ideas. Keep this up.
The team is still deciding the procedure for getting from collecting suggestions to a final choice, so in the meantime let me share with you some of the reasons we believe this is the right time for a name change for our church.
First, the most obvious, is that to the vast majority of people in our area, the words “Euless First” and “First Euless” refer to First Baptist Church of Euless, which has recently rebranded itself “Cross City Church: First Euless.”
Throughout the Bible we find stories of God offering a new name to people who have gone through a significant transformation. We anticipate this move will transform us, and so we welcome God’s direction as we seek a name that fits who we are becoming.
Including the name of our city Euless may well seem less inviting to people who don’t live in Euless. Almost half of our regular attenders now do not live in the city of Euless, and our new location will be literally across the street from another city.
Denominational identity is no longer an important part of most unchurched people’s decision to visit a church. Our interpretation of this has always been, and will continue to be NOT that we hide the “United Methodist Church” part of our name, but that, perhaps, we identify as [NEW NAME] Church: a United Methodist Congregation.
Thank you for your willingness to be part of this conversation. We know it is not easy; but the easy conversations are not usually the most important or the most fulfilling ones.