Week 6: Transition
William Bridges writes in Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, “Before you can begin something new, you have to end what used to be. Before you can learn a new way of doing things, you have to unlearn the old way. Before you can become a different kind of person (church), you must let go of your old identity.”11
36. Pray for the new name of the new church.
“Never again will you be called ‘The Forsaken City’ or ‘The Desolate Land.’ Your new name will be ‘The City of God’s Delight’ and ‘The Bride of God,’ for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride.”
The new name of the new church reflects the values of the church as they try to reach unchurched people in the community.
• Pray for clarity among the merger team as they discern the values of the new congregation.
• Pray for unity in the church as they choose a new name.
• Pray for a church name that will attract the people of the community in a meaningful way.