As our Senior Leadership Team set out to plan for this year in early 2020, the Spirit laid this verse on their hearts.
"Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”
\ Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG).
One of the things that often happens amidst change is a name. To signify a new era, God changed Saul’s name to Paul; Simon’s to Peter; Abram’s name to Abraham.
Likewise, we prayerfully believe it is time to review and see if there is a better name for us.
A name should reflect whom we aspire to be. It should connect people to what we’re about. Over these past months of change, our church has grown to be bigger than a church in the heart of Greenlane. We now have a growing online presence, a reach throughout the greater Auckland area, partnerships with other churches, and we want our name to convey the nature of our current state of the church--people gathered and scattered on mission together. Also, we want a name that would help people easily identify us as a church instead of a centre for activities, a Bible college or such.
God is doing something new and we want to be open to whatever that may be. And we want you to be part of this change. Read on to find out how you can get involved.
Tūhura means "to discover, bring to light, explore, investigate." Team Tūhura is our Naming Team and is made up of our members, Nick Lubeck, Greg Fleming, Hinekoia Tomlinson, Cornelia Veikune, Kathryn Heard, Nathan Palmer, Nic Hennephof, Kent Blowers, Jodi Fordyce.
How can I help?
PRAY FOR US
More than anything, we're asking you to cover us in prayer as we navigate this time of a rebrand as a church. Gather with your small group, your family, or alone, please pray for wisdom, discernment, and obedience.
SUGGEST A NAME
If God has laid a name on your heart, feel free to submit a suggestion here and tell us about it. Submissions close on Sunday, 6 September at 5 pm and will be reviewed by our Naming Team.