It’s happened to me several times in the few short months that I’ve been at Whipple. I’m having a conversation with someone about this cool church that I get to pastor. I tell them the name of the church and then one of a couple questions comes up. “Is that close to Whipple Creek (as in the actual creek)?” “Is that up by the Clark County Fair Grounds?” “Is that the church right by where you turn to park at the fair?” “I know where the park is, is it close to that?”
Of course, the answer to those questions is: “no.”
Whipple Creek Church is not close to Whipple Creek the creek.
Whipple Creek Church is not close to the Fair Grounds.
There is a Whipple Creek Seventh Day adventist church that is actually by Whipple Creek the creek.
Whipple Creek church is not close to Whipple Creek park.
So, then we have to go into the story about why we’re called Whipple Creek but not close to Whipple Creek the creek. “Well, the church owned some property up in that area. Then a few years ago, the church merged with a church that had a building in Hazel Dell. So they kept the name but moved into the building on NW 9th in Hazel Dell.
And we’ve spent all this time explaining why the church is called Whipple Creek.
But we haven’t told people what we’re about as a church.
So, what if we changed the name of our church to something that starts a conversation about who we are as a church?
What if when we said the name of our church people wondered why our church is called that?
And what if we all knew that the reason we were called that so when people ask us why that’s our name we’re able to tell them?
So, that’s exactly what we did.
Whipple Creek Church say Hello to your new name – SixEight Church.
If you’ve been at church recently, then you know exactly where the 6:8 comes from. Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? But to Do Justice and to Love Mercy and to Walk Humbly with your God.”
So, imagine yourself at WinCo on 99th and Highway 99 and you find yourself in a conversation with someone about your church. You tell them you go to SixEight Church. And they look at you funny. What does that mean? “Well, it’s from a verse in the Bible,” you tell them. “And it’s what we are trying to do as a church: Do Justice, Love mercy and Walk Humbly.”
Instead of talking about why the church is closer to Cougar Creek and Salmon Creek than it is to Whipple Creek, you get to talk about who we are as a church.
That’s why we’re changing the name. We want people to know what we’re about as a church. And that’s what we’re about.