New Name – Same Mission
When our church was being established we selected the name Great Commission Baptist Church. The Great Commission is the name given to a portion of Scripture where Jesus, after his resurrection from the grave, commands his followers to make disciples of all nations or ethnicities. We selected this name knowing that people unfamiliar with the Bible would not know the significance of our name. However, we hoped it would create opportunities to share about our identity and desire to be a multi-ethnic church who was committed to extending God’s love and the message of the gospel to all people. After all, most brand names are meaningless unless the company defines them (i.e. Nike, Sony, Apple, etc.).
Unfortunately we have discovered over the years that for many people the name is not just meaningless it’s confusing or communicates something unintended. The most common misunderstanding relates to the word commission. Perhaps it’s because of the multitude of car dealerships in our community but most often people think of a sales commission rather than a person or church being commissioned to a particular task (for us to extend Jesus’ message to all people).
So this past Sunday, April 17, 2016, our church unanimously approved to change the name of our church. Our new church name is Grace Community Baptist Church. We trust this name will not just be less confusing but will once again be an intentional opportunity to communicate who we are as a church.
Grace is central to the message of being a true follower of Jesus Christ. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” Ephesians 2:8, 9.
Community is both our outward focus and manner of ministry. We focus our efforts on loving people in our communities (Hoffman Estates, Hanover Park, Schaumburg, and Streamwood) like family and serving God by serving people in our community. We also strive to do these things in community with one another. The Christian life is a life done with others.
Pragmatically the name also allows us to not have to change our online presence too much. You can still find us online at:
- our website: http://gcbc.info.
- our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/gcbchurch.
- our Twitter account: @gcbchurch
We remain committed to sharing God’s story of hope with all people, demonstrating God’s grace to our community, and pursuing a diverse congregation that looks like our changing community. We invite you to learn more about our church.