Fellowship Church Names

Since moving to South Carolina I’ve been somewhat amused/bemused by the trendy names given to the new ‘community churches’. Sometimes they are just named by their local community. We have a big one here in town called ‘Brookwood’ which, I guess, is the name of the local subdivision.

It’s the ones with ‘creative’ spiritual sounding names that amuse me. I’ve spotted:

  • Cornerstone
  • Fresh Spring
  • Living Water Fellowship
  • The Heritage
  • The Vineyard
  • The Edge
  • New Spring

At first I thought the last one was a new mattress store. This led to some creative church naming of my own. I’ve come up with:

  • Hot Wings
  • Hearts of Fire
  • HeartBurn
  • Winds of Flame
  • Flame On
  • Breaking Wind
  • Sound of Running Water
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Kingdom Hall

Do readers have any other real life examples or some of their own?

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  • Named after the new shopping area, Firewheel Bible Fellowship. It used to be named Reinhardt Bible Church just a year ago. I guess that wasn’t trendy enough.

  • A local Church of God has rechristened itself “Lifebuilders Church.”

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  • Ray

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  • Our Parish in a unnamed Yankee state was called, colloquially, Our Lady of the Warehouse, commemorating the awful architecture. Anne, now in NC

  • “Wings of Healing Tabernacle”

  • There one here in Ocala, Fr. Dwight, that’s called “The Rock Family Church.” They’ve got this big sign outside their warehouse (uhh, I mean “church”) that says “Come as You are Church.” I’m guessing they really mean it, because their Sunday service consists of popcorn and a movie for the family! This is only half a mile or so from Queen of Peace Catholic Church, which is one of the most stunningly beautiful modern Catholic churches I’ve ever seen! Here’s the website: http://home.catholicweb.com/QueenOfPeaceOcala/index.cfm It has a picture of the church. God Bless!

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  • “Sonrise”

  • A sincere Protestant said I should consider the names of Catholic churches, how they’re all named for saints and angels instead of giving glory to God. This dear woman was herself a member of “Sierra Madre Congregational Church”.

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  • Here is Nashville, we had a church called St Teresa Science Holiness church. When the woman who started this church was asked if she named it after St Teresa of Avila or St Therese of Lisieux she replied, “Well both those girls were just so sweet.”

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  • M

    The ones that make me giggle are names like “First Church of God in Christ.” Really?? *You’re* the first church God. In Christ. …sure ya are.

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  • Here’s a new one. It is a church currently being erected in my neighborhood. Catalyst: Church of the NazareneWhere do they come up with this stuff?

  • HAHA! Funny!!! But also on the cusp of being mean too!Behave yourself!-g-

  • I saw that someone had mentioned Victory Barn Church… which is funny..cause I used to go there. It was actually a real barn. Weird place… funny name.