It’s official! Flandreau Bible Church is now The RESCUE! Today we went public with our decision to change the name of our church. Our reason for the name change is explained in better detail at our new and improved website, but I’ll give you the short version of the story here. We are pursuing a God-given vision to plant church campuses in other communities. With that goal in mind, having the name “Flandreau” for a church in “any other community NOT called Flandreau” just doesn’t make much sense. So our primary motivation was to give our church a name that is not specific to just one community.
But what excites me even more than that is what our new name communicates. When we set out to rename our church (a project we started last JULY!) my desire was to select a name that in one simple word will tell the world what we are about. I wasn’t interested in being called the First, Second, or Third (fill in a denominational title) church; or to bear a name using geographical landscapes as our inspiration (i.e. Lakeside, Pleasant Valley, Prairie View, Mountain Top, etc.) I’m not mad at churches for choosing such names, I (and I’m assuming many unchurched people) just don’t get what it means!
A truth from Scripture that has really captured me in recent months is that Jesus is literally on the greatest rescue mission of all time and He is calling His church to join Him in it. We don’t get to choose what our mission is. Jesus said that He came to seek (search) and save (rescue) the lost. Search and Rescue! We’ve been given the command to snatch others from the flames of hell. Search and Rescue! I look forward with great anticipation to the days, weeks, and months ahead as our church continues to reach out to the needy, hurting, and broken lives all around us who are in need of The RESCUE!
Very soon I will share some of my observations and feedback as to the response we get from this name change. In the mean time I invite you check out our new website. Just click on the logo on the right of your screen. I welcome any comments, questions, or feedback you would like to share!