Over the past week I have been writing about why we at Oak Grove Baptist Church have started to consider changing our name. If you haven’t seen the first three parts of this discussion you can check them out here:
Today I want to share with you a little bit of our process so far and our process going forward.
To start, you may have noticed that we have not mentioned a particular name that we are considering changing to. There is a reason for that…in fact there are two reasons for that.
First, we aren’t going to presume that the church will choose to change the name. While we wouldn’t lead through this unless we felt it was that important and something that we should do, this is a decision that the church will make together. Because of that we haven’t even begun to entertain any new names for the church. We don’t want to presume the decision but we believe the decision is needed in order to remove a barrier from the gospel.
Second, we will involve the church in the process of choosing a new name. If the church decides to go forward with a new name, then we will invite our membership to share potential name ideas. We will provide an online and an in-person platform for submitting name ideas. Once that occurs we will whittle those names down to vote on for our new name. The church will choose the new name together.
In the coming days I will be addressing a few objections to changing our name. You can continue to follow along to see those objections and our thoughts on them.
I leave you with this final thought: the history and ministry in the past for Oak Grove Baptist Church has been such a blessing from God. This decision is simply one to help ensure that we carry on the same mission that Oak Grove was started with: making more and better followers of Christ. We must continue to “be all things to all people so that by all means we might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22)
More to come…