Fair Haven Church, an 8 year old church in Middletown, DE, where I’ve been for just about a year as pastor has baggage. Anticipating a move to a new location and the need to update and redo our bylaws, we’re also looking at changing our name. This will essentially be a restart – new name, new location, etc.
I’ve talked with a couple of guys from our denominational office and asked them about the pro’s and con’s of doing this as it was suggested by one of these same people just before I came. The conclusion? You lose what credibility you had as well as the baggage you had and if you do change the name, move, don’t stay where you are, because people will catch on pretty quick.
Have any of you made a name change like this? If so, I’d like to hear your results.