1. We want to reflect our mission and vision. Our vast demographical reach presents us with a unique opportunity to be a church that unites the diversity around us through the gospel. Our name should be a reflection of our greater vision and mission engagement, a name that removes every barrier, crossing every divide to pursue people far from Christ.
2. Our geographical distinction is no longer recognizable. A quick online search or a short drive down 1960 results in confusion with other local churches in our area. With that distinction gone and our desire to reach the greater city, we desire a name that embodies this greater gospel scope. For years, we have been known as the church that flooded or the church with the green roof. We want to be known for our mission, not our past challenges or ever-changing physical attributes.
3. We want to clearly identify with our community. We’re a beautifully diverse community, comprised of people from various socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. People come to us from Humble, Houston, Spring, Atascocita, Kingwood, New Caney, Porter, Huffman, Crosby, Dayton, and other surrounding areas. Our church is not solely a place; it cannot be defined by one address or city. We are here for something greater, and our job isn’t done until our city and beyond are united in Jesus.
4. When we have multiple names, we carry no name. Over the last 15 years, we have been called First Baptist Humble, Humble Area’s First Baptist Church, Humble’s First Baptist, and The HuB. We need to provide clarity and uniformity through our name, one used consistently by everyone across the board. Much like vision, a clear name is the starting point to a clear picture of – and commitment to – God’s unique calling for our church.