Whipple Creek Church is Becoming SixEight Church

11 August, 2013

Post By : David Lindner


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.

Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.


Author David Lindner

David Lindner

I am blessed to be able to serve SixEight as the Lead Pastor. As a pastor, my first aim is to follow God, my primary ministry is to my wife and 4 kids. They are amazing! When it comes to our church family, I get the pleasure of leading our church to follow God. This is truly a gift that God has given to our family, and we are honored and humbled to serve Him in this capacity at SixEight!

7 thoughts on “Whipple Creek Church is Becoming SixEight Church

  1. Jessie ( 8 years ago )

    Hi David, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you, but this sounds like an excellent idea; a new mission for a brand new church.
    It also speaks of some great leadership. I wish you well.

    1. David Lindner ( 8 years ago )

      Thanks Jessie! I’m excited to see how God uses us as a church to accomplish His mission in our community!

  2. Sarah Lambert ( 8 years ago )

    I think that is a great idea! I’m very happy for you and Bekki and your new church home.

    1. David Lindner ( 8 years ago )

      Thanks Sarah! We love our new church – it’s super-awesome!

  3. Becky ( 8 years ago )

    I love the new name!! At first I wasn’t sure about it, but when you think in terms of becoming a Micah 6:8 kind of church, it really gets me excited and the name grows on you! I appreciate all God has done in and through Whipple Creek Church over the years. But I don’t want to be a church that lives off the glory years of yesterday, I want to be the kind of Church that we’re seeing God doing a new and fresh thing that only He can take the credit for!! (as David Lindner says so well). So many times in the Bible you see God changing someone’s name saying ‘from now on ….you will become….’ Or ‘for I will make you….’ So see… even God changed a name so He could do a fresh new thing in and through them!! That’s the part I get excited about for our church!!

    1. David Lindner ( 8 years ago )

      Thanks Becky! I can’t wait to see what God is making us. And I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of the journey!

  4. David Lindner ( 8 years ago )

    Thanks Jerry! While I understand how you feel, I also love seeing the strides we are making in that area with the picnic and LifeApp groups. It will be awesome to look back and see the progress we make toward becoming an Acts 2 church!

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