A New Name
How and Why Conference Baptist Church was Renamed Aspen Ridge Church
The Reason for a New Name
” …we have been motivated by the longing and hope to serve our community in an inclusive way with the grace and love of Jesus Christ. “
A new name was chosen as part of a larger effort to make sure we were
aligned with God’s calling for us and that we were poised to meet the
needs of our friends, neighbors and our community. In April of 2012, our
church adopted an upgraded statement of mission, values, strategy and
measures. This was after a year-long journey of prayerful evaluation and
reflection. The motivation for this was a deep longing and hope to
serve our community in an inclusive way with the grace and love of Jesus
Christ. We have had the privilege to be a part of the foothills of
Colorado for over 40 years and we believe God has an incredible plan for
the future of our community and we want to make sure we are a part of
Our new mission statement became: “We glorify God by inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ together.” We initiated a campaign entitled “New Beginnings” to mark this season in the life of our church. The premise was that we must set aside what encumbers us and start afresh in order for our newly adopted vision to become a reality.
A New Name Symbolizes a Transformational Season
In a number of cases throughout the Bible, a transformational season in a person’s life was marked by God Himself giving that person a new name. This was connected to a new sense of God-given identity, and a new God-given mission. We believe God is doing something similar in the midst of our church as He transforms us and gives us a new purpose. In a remarkable display of unity, we voted overwhelmingly “yes” to prayerfully seek a new church name that would better reflect our identity and mission in our harvest field.
The Name Advisory Group was created and after receiving 80 name suggestions from our church family began to process those recommendations in light of our unique location, calling and identity. The result was a new name—Aspen Ridge Church—proposed from our Name Advisory Group to our governing board. With the consent of our Name Advisory Group, our governing board and a church vote in September, we set a congregational vote for the middle of December 2012. Our church family again voted an overwhelming “yes” to receive the new name Aspen Ridge Church.
Why “Aspen Ridge”
The name Aspen was attractive to us because it reminded us of the interconnected nature of root systems that exist among Aspen trees. These trees are connected, they are inter-generational and they resist fire. We as believers in Jesus Christ also have an interconnected root system and live in community with each other. The name Ridge communicates the idea of adventure and exploration, while also resonating with who we are as a mountain community. It reminds us that our life of faith is more akin to a rugged adventure than passive spectating.
Reducing Barriers to Reach Our Community
We believe God has called us to be a church for our whole community, reducing as many barriers or obstacles to advance the gospel as possible. We are proud of our heritage with Converge Worldwide, and we are a member in good standing of our regional movement. Rather than being motivated by a desire to be independent, we have been motivated by the longing and hope to serve our community in an inclusive way with the grace and love of Jesus Christ.