Sometimes,someone says it so much better than I ever could.
Madison Avenue Church of God has transformed into Transformation Community Church, with a new sign and a new logo but with the same mission…..God’s mission. Technically, we are still Madison Avenue Church of God, doing business as Transformation Community Church. We are still affiliated with Church of God Anderson and we are still a bible-believing, Jesus chasing bunch of followers.
So why the name change?
Four years ago, we hired Pastor Deb with hope of growing, changing and beginning anew. The problem was…while change sounded good in theory ….we were steeped in the “old” ways and wanted to change yet keep everything the same. An impossible undertaking.
So change began…sometimes small incremental changes and sometimes big, jump in with both feet, changes. with this metamorphosis, over the past year the Board considered a name change, a new beginning if you will. It wasn’t done rashly, without deep thought and prayer or without input from the association. The Board had many discussions as to what a name change meant. We, as a group, fasted, prayed and discussed again and again. What did we, as a group of believers on 12th Street and Madison Avenue, want to convey through a name change?
The name Transformation Community Church was selected because it truly tells people what our mission is without us speaking a world. We are committed to transforming our community, the west end of Huntington, by introducing people to Jesus and making disciples. Today, the church is filled most evenings with people interested in our mission, hungry for the word of God, attending Sunday School, discipleship studies, men’s and women’s bible studies, youth meetings, and Celebrate Recovery. The average Sunday attendance is around 50 and, our average age has dropped to around 40. There are children and babies, as well everyone from teens to 80s.
At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what the name of the church is. What matters is that we continue to be committed to changing our community one individual at a time, intentionally building relationships, scattering seeds and spreading God’s word. We will not forget where we came from or the saints who have gone before us and paved the way to this place. We will stand firm on that foundation as we move and look to the future.
Thank you Sandi Martin. Well Said!