By: Dave Milam
Ever wonder how to rename a church? This post is a detailed look at Kinetic Church’s rename strategy and creative process.
Our hope is to fully involve our church family in the renaming process. We have no desire for leadership to independently devise a new secret identity and ambush the membership with a Sunday morning announcement. Renaming should not be done in secret.
The goal for the process is to prayerfully chose a new identity that meets the following three critical criteria:
- Name must describe our church and glorify God.
- Name must integrate well with our area.
- Name must be unique and marketable to our area.
Finally, our efforts will be futile unless prayer remains an integral part of the entire process.
(Read the rest of the article here: http://www.davemilam.com/how-to-rename-a-church/)
I am so excited to have gotten the opportunity to speak to about a hundred church planting women at the Stadia/Bloom Breakfast in Orlando during the Exponential Conference!
It was an opportunity to share about my new book, Bloom Where You Are Planted, and to encourage other women in the church planting journey. Church planting is hard, but the blessings are beyond beautiful.
We are all tempted to quit the race when the going gets tough, and it can get really tough sometimes. But I encouraged our Bloom ladies, and I want to encourage you, from Hebrews 12: 1.
A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
I’ll tell you what I told the ladies that morning. Don’t let anything derail you in your race for Christ. I spoke a little about the bombing during the Boston Marathon just last week. Sometimes the obstacles we meet feel like a bomb just went off in our lives, but don’t let it derail you permanently. Don’t let it keep you from finishing well.
Be aware that you are not the first women to go through these types of hardships! You are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses! Women who have gone before you in ministry and through hardships we can’t even imagine.
I think of Sarah, Ruth, Bathsheba, Rahab, Jael, Esther, Mary, Martha, Mary Magdeline, Lydia, Dorcas, Amy Carmichael, Susanna Wesley, Ruth Bell Graham, Corrie and Betsey Ten Boom, Imogene Carlson (my missionary grandmother) and many others; our great grandmothers and grandmothers in the faith.
They are surrounding us, in that great cloud of witnesses. And what are they saying to us? What do they whisper across the generations?
It is worth it!
Just you wait till you see this place!
Let me close and encourage you with this scripture from 2 Corinthians 4:17:
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
Many of you have heard about our name change. We are currently working on choosing a new name for Kinetic Church. My husband Dave is blogging about this issue at: www.davemilam.com and I am going to post several of his articles here because I think he did a pretty good job explaining our process.
Look what just arrived on my front doorstep today! Boxes and boxes of books for me to take to Exponential, the National New Church Planting Conference in Orlando at the end of this April.
I have a special offer just for my ladies who read this blog. If you post a comment on this article about the book by May 30, you will be entered into a drawing for a free book! Post a comment and you may be the lucky winner of Bloom Where You’re Planted!
My book, Bloom Where You’re Planted, is finally available!
Go to www.createspace.com or amazon.com to order the book today. It will also be available at Exponential, the National New Church Conference, this April 2013 in Orlando at the Stadia booth.
Coupon code for $3 off of www.createspace.com is: gone! Sorry you missed it!
It will give you a discount on the books bought directly from CreateSpace.
Please leave a comment below to increase some traffic on my blog! Thanks!
Did you ever have a fake ID? Shhhhhh…I did!
When I was a senior in high school, my journalism class took a field trip to New York City. One afternoon while shopping for souvenirs, I and a couple of girlfriends slipped into a little shop and had our photos taken and fake ID’s made. I felt notorious and terrified all at once just having it in my pocket.
What if someone found it? What if my mom found it? What exactly was I going to do with it? Needless to say, I was too afraid of being “busted” for having a fake ID to ever try to use it. I decided I’d rather just be myself. I didn’t even like alcohol, I just wanted to go dancing!
This month at Kinetic we are exploring our identities and examining them to see if they match what God says our identity is.
For the church planter, this matter of identity is a little sticky. We can become so enmeshed with our church and our people, in our jobs or our titles that we forget who we really are. We may find ourselves trapped by the position. Our whole personhood encapsulated in one phrase, “Pastor’s wife,” or “Planting Wife,” or maybe “worship leader,” or “children’s minstry director,” or “women’s ministry director.”
If your church plant has become your ID, part of who you are, what you identify yourself with, that can be a very dangerous place for a planter to be. If any of the ministries fail to perform the way you expect, what are you left with? And if the plant fails in those areas, you’ve tied your self worth to that performance. On the other hand, if you are super successful, suddenly you may start believing that you and your amazing talent had everything to do with it.
It helps me to remember that I’m just a girl, saved by grace, who loves Jesus. All the rest is what I do to serve Christ, but not who I am.
Have you ever struggled with this identity issue? In what ways? Please share what has helped you on your planting journey.
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