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    Churches With Unusual Names Face Problems

    “We find couples in the foyer looking for the sleeper sofas,” says associate pastor Zach Thompson. “Some of them just won’t believe we’re a church.”

    Churches that have strayed from easily identifiable names are finding the confusion to be a headache. The Refuge, a congregation of mostly 20-something believers in Boise, often gets calls from law enforcement officers who want to drop off battered women, thinking it’s a shelter.

    The Gathering Place in Denver, a congregation of 250 near Boulder, gets dozens of calls a week from local New Age practitioners, especially leading up to the summer and winter solstices.

    “No, we do not offer drum circles, solstice celebrations or pagan ritual rooms,” says the church secretary, rolling her eyes. She repeats the line at least eight times a day, she says.

    Some churches have chosen to install voice mail systems that clarify what the institution is, even though this disrupts the sense of personal care they wish to project.

    Read more on this and other stories at here...

    LarkNews reports, "When Valley Christian Church sought a younger demographic and re-named itself The Living Room last year, an unexpected problem sprang up: 60 percent of calls and visitors to the church are now people thinking it’s a home furnishings store...


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    1. nora on Fri, July 27, 2007

      “The River”, commonly mistaken for a white-water rafting company.

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