Names both shape and display identity, and when it comes to church names, they tell us a great deal about what a church is all about. It’s fascinating doing a study on what church names are out there – in fact, it can be pretty humorous – just do a little google search on church names…
So, in thinking this through, there are two key aspects that I have really wanted our church name to communicate about us: firstly, really wanting a name that centres us on God, and secondly, a name that clearly communicates where our church is going.
It has often struck me that many churches seem to have a particular focus on one of the Persons of God, for example: Mark Driscoll and Tim Keller (Mars Hill and Redeemer) tend to speak very much about Jesus, but it’s not often one hears an emphasis on the Spirit or the Father. On the other hand we find churches like Bethel who focus very much on the Spirit, but there is often a significant lack of focus on Jesus and the cross.
I am keen that our church has a focus on the entirety of the Godhead: the Trinity, in our worship, preaching, understanding of community and our outreach. God Himself dwells in community, and we will be a reflection of His community in Vancouver.
Secondly, we are planting a church in the heart of the city, the centre of Vancouver. It’s a church for the city, and we’re intending to be located in the city centre. We want God to be central to the city…
So, with this in mind, we’ve settled on the name “Trinity Central”, or “Trinity Central Vancouver”.
We want the Trinity to be central to everything we are as a church, and for the church to be God’s representation in the centre of the city. Our mission is to bring all of God to the heart of the city, and in doing so, trust God to transform lives, society and culture at large.
So there you have it: Trinity Central Vancouver!