Mennonite Weekly Review, an independent Anabaptist-Mennonite newspaper, is reporting on the process to consider a new denominational name for the Brethren in Christ Church. This process was initiated at the church’s 2010 General Conference.
Here’s a taste of the MWR article:
After the July 2010 conference, the General Conference board formed an eight-member study group to explore a name change.
The study group, which includes McNiven and Hoffman, plans to release a survey about the name change to congregations in the U.S. and Canada.
After researching constituents’ receptivity to a name change and determining legal and financial implications, the group will present a recommendation at the 2012 General Conference gathering.
McNiven said church leaders have mixed opinions about the current name.
“Some feel it must be changed, others feel as strongly that it shouldn’t,” McNiven said. “Some people have said it doesn’t matter to me what the name is, as long as it helps with the mission of the church.”
He noted that the process is not easy but necessary.
“It raises some fairly intense dialogue, and that’s good. We welcome that,” he said. “Let’s get this on the table and start the process and see what the church really thinks about this.”
Read the whole article here.
It may be important to remember that segments of the Brethren in Christ Church have faced name-change concerns in the past.