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Naming Ourselves: Sunday Night

What do we call ourselves – this new church that’s starting? 

We’ll talk about our name when we meet this  Sunday, April 26, 5-7, at 2701 Bridgeton Place, Chapel Hill.  If you’ve never been before and would like to check it out, please come.  You’ll be welcome.

There is a name that has been suggested:  The Gathering Church.  So, try that one on for size.  Mention it to friends.  See what impressions it evokes.

It certainly describes what we’ve been doing, gathering folks who want to start a church with a particular vision – to love people incredibly well, as Jesus did, starting with those who may seem far from God.

Gathering described what often happened in the ministry of Jesus.  People gathered to him, to hear his teaching, to be healed, to be restored, to be forgiven, to know God, and to experience God’s peace. 

What was notable was the kind of people who gathered, like in Luke 15:1:  “Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him.”  One of the best stories ever follows as Jesus has to explain why such irreligious people would be gathering to him like that.

Literally, the Greek verb means “to draw near, come near.”  It’s the same word used in James 4:8 when it says, “conme near to God and he will come near to you.”

Pretty good picture – that whole gathering thing – coming near.

So, a name about gathering may perfectly fit us.  We’ll try it on, but also explore if there are others that would best communicate our dream as a church.

What do you think?




  1. Let’s not fool ourselves, the name already is. I asked my cousin once if he’d named his new cat (we picked him up from a cat shelter together a week before). He told me ‘The cat hasn’t told me his name yet.’ That Cat didn’t have a name for the longest time… then it happened. That cat was HUGE! A Giant orange cat. When he ran in the house it sounded like stomping. He was around 3 when we picked him up. He was simply put, Not Interested in Cat Food~ He was Always trying to sneak Whatever it was my cousin was cooking in the frying pan… so there it was. You’ll think it silly, but it was a perfect name for him. Frying Pan. I know, I know. So That is why I think our church should be called Pot Luck… Kidding! 🙂 The Gathering seems to be it~

  2. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that nearly everything reminds me of a hymn. Okay, I’m a dork, but mention just about any subject, and I’ll be able to tell you if there’s a hymn for that.

    The word “gather” always makes me think of this hymn:

    We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing.
    He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
    The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
    Sing praises to His name; He forgets not His own.

    The idea of gathering works for me!

  3. I wasn’t able to be there last night and I realized how much I missed our gathering. What a blessing this group has been and continues to be. I think a church should be a place where people feel welcomed and loved. This church certainly meets those standards!!