Our launch team voted on Sunday night and we are excited to announce that we will be “Involve Church.” At first, this name sounded very strange to us, but it has grown on us over the months. We have also found that those who have not been involved in church in the past or maybe have been out of the church for a long time find the name intriguing. They express interest and it gives an opportunity to explain Jesus and His church to them. As we have prayed about what kind of church we would like to be, we realized that the name Involve Church accurately communicates several things that we value.
What’s in a Name?
We want to communicate many things in the name Involve Church. We strongly believe that every Christian should be actively involved in serving and growth opportunities in the local church. It is through serving together and growing together that we see healthy and dynamic growth of individuals. The goal of this growth is to become more like Jesus.
We also believe that people should be involved in an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that the wholehearted pursuit of Christlikeness brings glory to God, which drives everything we do. We also will strive to be a church of people who are “in Christ” (and now you know why the “in” is highlighted). We want to communicate that Jesus Christ is central to everything that we do as a church and everything we are as a people. Why? Because “if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old is gone and the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17), and because “we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law” (Gal. 2:16). Being in Christ is all of our hope and all of our joy forever, so we are a church that will encourage people to enter into committed relationship with Christ.
We are excited to embark together with our brothers and sisters in Christ on this new adventure. The picking of a name was a difficult task, but we are confident that it accurately communicates God’s desire for people to be “in Christ” and “involved” in the local church.