PLAN 2
 

our strategy for

NAME CHANGE

It’s time to be known by a new name for the future God is calling us into.

 
 
 
 
 
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Our Name History

As a church community that began in the late 1970s, one of the things that has always defined us is a desire to change, grow, and adapt to our surroundings and changing needs.

In our early days we were called Bethel Bible Chapel, and we met in places like movie theatres in the Beaches area of Toronto.

Then in the 1980s we moved out to the growing suburbs of Pickering, and became Steeple Hill Community Bible Church because our church was on Steeple Hill.

When we outgrew that facility in the 1990s, we met in Ajax High School while Carruthers Creek Community Church was being built, situated near Carruthers’ Creek.

Quickly we gained the nickname “C4” in the mid 2000s and embraced it as our more official name and brand as we moved towards a multi-site reality.

And now, as we look towards the future and all God has for us, it will soon be time for us to change our name again for the next chapter of our church.

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difficulties with our current name

Over time, the name C4 has come to cause confusion in the larger Christian Community, and doesn’t really describe who we are to those who are unchurched.

We often get asked if we are the “4 Cs”, which is the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.

We’re regularly confused with our friends at C3 Church, an Australian church that has planted all over the world including multiple sites now in the Toronto area.

Further, as we continue to pursue global partnerships, we’ve recognized that in some places, C4 is more known as the name for a terrible explosive that causes fear and pain, not a church that welcomes people in.

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our next steps

We’re using prompting and planning to guide us forward. We are working together as a staff team and with branding experts, but we are also prayerfully seeking the Lord to discover what He says about us, who we are, and how He sees us as a church community.

We know change like this can be hard for some of us, as C4 has become part of our identity for many years now. We invite you to join us in prayer as we seek to reach the next wave of people who will come to know Christ and become fully devoted followers. We believe a new name is one of the many things that will help us enhance our focus, expand our influence and ensure that we’re building off of the foundation of our rich history.

Later this summer, we’ll reveal the new name of our church. We believe that the name will be a way for us to display who God is and how He sees us!