Friday, December 21, 2012

What Is In a Name? Part II

There are many reasons why churches choose their name. Some want to stand out from the “competition.” Some simply are fulfilling a legal requirement for government forms. Sometimes churches choose a name to identify a particular bent, doctrine, or attribute that they want their church to be known for.

I have seen some different at best and down right strange at worst names for churches. I have also, like many of you, come across some weird names on the internet.

For December, I want to take each Friday and share some of these strange and different names. These names are not all original with me. I have taken them from various sites. I simply hope you can enjoy them and chuckle with me, (even if you shake your head in disbelief or bewilderment.)

Note: These name are not made up. They have been verified from church directories. Some stuff you just can’t make up!

Churches that are "Hot"

Hot Springs Baptist
Hot Springs, AR

Boiling Springs Baptist Church
Murphy, NC

Open Door Baptist Church (It must be hot inside)
Bismarck, ND

Church of the Open Door (It, also, must be hot inside)
Elyria, OH

Torch United Methodist Church
Torch, OH

Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas
Greenville, SC

Frostproof United Method Church
Frostproof, FL

Thawville United Methodist Church
Thawville, IL

Caliente Community United Methodist Church     (Spanish, "hot")
Caliente, NV

Ignited Word    (Like the fuse on "Mission Impossible"??)
Las Vegas, NV

Church on Fire
Amory, MS

Franklin Furnace United Methodist Church
Western Ohio 

Cowboy Church On Fire
Iraan, TX

What's your favorite?


Kansas Bob said...

Cowboy Church On Fire is my favorite.

Josh said...

Hey, I used to go to Cowboy Church on Fire...just kidding. It's sad when even the name of a church says more about the people who go to that church than the God who is served by church. There might be a slight run-in with man-centered theology.

Yvonne's World of Poetry said...

I prefer the conventional name for a church for example St. Peter's.