Thanks to everyone for helping us pick out our new name! All of your suggestions and votes were greatly important to us. But if you don’t know me by now, sometimes I have to go off-center.
I was hoping that you would all settle it for me between GRACE CITY and HOPE CITY, which were my top 2.
But then when I was running my 19 mile run last weekend [which is the #1 place Jesus and I jam together]…it all fell into place. I also give a shout out to my boy Brian Moser from River City Church for helping me see from another angle as well.
Brian said that if he had to do it all over again, that he would want something that was 1 word [our new name is not] but also appeal to non-churched people [wow…the epicenter of our mission, duh.]
Totally makes sense.
Grace City Church resonates with Christians who have experienced and love grace. That’s why I loved it. And the Cbus needs it!
Hope City Church resonates with many, but Hope is not certain, that is why it’s called Hope. It is not yet complete.
Our vision here in Columbus is to see a totally new city emerge. One where the Kingdom of God intersects His creation. To see churches join together in unity. To help make a push to un-segregate Sunday mornings. To see churches planted in the ‘burbs and to see churches and planters raised up in the inner city. To see those with a heart to serve those with physical needs and see them come to know Jesus. And to serve those who don’t have physical needs, but have deep spiritual needs come to know Jesus.
Many of you are averse to numbers…not sure why. Every NUMBER is a NAME. But try this number on for size:
One of the largest tangible goals on my heart is to make it a goal with other local churches to see the homicide rates cut in half in the next 10 years. Poverty is rampant in our city. Kids going to be hungry. Illiteracy is rampant in our city. Drugs and violence are a way of life for many in our city. Taking 2 guys on a tour the other day downtown, a hooker was trying to flag us down in broad daylight. In the ‘burbs, moving up the ladder of success is the motto of our city. Working your career to death is a problem here. No joke, the largest builder in town’s motto is: Move Up! And people are doing it despite the family, spiritual and tangible costs. These are just a few of the issues we face.
I love our city, but in order for these things to change, we need a radically new city.
The name of our new church as given by God to Tiffany and I [we didn’t even converse about which one we liked best until it was time to choose] is: NEW CITY CHURCH. If that is what we are pursuing, it makes perfect sense to us.
“I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea. 2I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband. 3-5I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.” [Revelation 21.1-2 -MSG]
We want to see a NEW CITY emerge here in Columbus. And we want to populate the NEW CITY that God is still building in eternity. A NEW CITY here and a NEW CITY there. That is our dream. That is our calling. That is our passion.
Lastly in the way of practicality, I would rather see this: NewCityColumbus.com instead of GraceCityChurch.com or HopeCityChurch.com out there in public. People are way more likely to check out NewCityColumbus than they are GraceCity, which they will know is a church. And if that changes 1 life, then it was worth it!
New City Columbus shares the vision for the here and now [God moving into the neighborhood], and when you put the word Church on the end, shares the hope of eternity [the new city being created there] that we are trying to bring to reality here on earth.
So, New City Church. A new passion, a new dream, both in the present and in eternity. I love it.
Thanks for helping us decide. I pray that you will also fight for a NEW CITY right where God has called YOU! So…what do you think of our choice? I would love to dialogue with you about it.