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Why Change Your Church Name?

How important is the name of your church? What are the reasons you might change it, and what do you need to think about to do it?


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In this episode, Adrian Reynolds is joined by Andy Rees, Lead Pastor at Surrey Chapel (now CityGates Church) in Norwich to discuss the importance of church names, the reason he changed the name of his church, and what the process looked like.

00:00 - Introduction
- Refurbishments for a better welcome
04:24 - Why is Surrey Chapel called Surrey Chapel when it's in Norwich?
06:22 - Popular church names
- Changing name to CityGates Church
15:36 - Changing name to ChristChurch Harborough
- Not changing name at East London Tabernacle Baptist Church
19:53 - Practical steps to changing names
- How is visual identity important for the church?
26:49 - Marking a church name change

This episode was recorded in August 2022. Surrey Chapel officially changed its name to CityGates Church in November 2022.

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