Donna Barrett: Guidelines for Naming Your Church

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When it comes to selecting a name for your church, it’s important to consider how it will be used over the lifetime of your ministry.

At a recent Superintendent’s Forum, I shared some tips from the General Secretary’s office including the following about name selection of new church plants:

GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING A NAME FOR YOUR CHURCH

  • Does the name represent our fellowship positively?

  • Does the name translate to the lost people the church wants to reach?

  • Does the name serve the church for marketing purposes and clear identification?

  • Will the name serve well over the course of time?

It’s important to examine your process before locking in a name for your new church plant.

By the time a name reaches the CMN office or the Assemblies of God charter desk, it’s often too late to give feedback that a name might not serve the planter well over time.

EXAMINING YOUR NAME SELECTION PROCESS

Here are some examples of church names similar to what we have chartered that do not fit the four criteria listed above:

  • Dork Church

  • Maranatha Temple of Sanctification

  • Blue Shore

  • Thursday Night Dinner Club

    • Regarding this name: they may start meeting on Sunday mornings, stop serving a meal, and continue to be a church – but the official name on record would conceal that part of their identity

Thank for you helping us maintain a standard of excellence and clarity in the Assemblies of God when it comes to the names of our churches!

Donna Barrett
General Secretary of the Assemblies of God USA

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