CrossHope Chapel is making two changes in 2019. We are adding “Bible Church” to our full name and we are discontinuing the use of the Calvary Chapel dove logo.
First, let’s deal with our name…
We will still be CrossHope Chapel, but our longer name will be CrossHope Chapel Bible Church and we will begin using “Bible Church” as a descriptive tagline on our website and certain outreach material.
Churches that use the Bible Church moniker are ones that seek to intentionally communicate that they doctrinally uphold the Bible as God’s authoritative and infallible word. A Bible Church is non-denominational, based on the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and teaches the Scriptures chapter-by-chapter verse-by-verse.
The Bible Church had its origin in years past among pastors trained in the halls of Dallas Theological Seminary in the tradition of Chuck Swindoll, Mark Hitchcock, and Tony Evans who sought to plant non-denominational independent congregations with expository teaching and emphasis on premillennial biblical eschatology. Today, some have soften on this and I happen to know that is the case in Mobile.
And it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that another reason for adding Bible Church to our name is because I am getting tired of explaining that we are not a wedding chapel for lease.
Second, let’s deal with our logo…
Our new logo is an encircled cross and opened Bible, and it will be replacing the Calvary Chapel dove.
Many of you know the story of my accidental involvement with Calvary Chapel pastors and conferences which I have written about at my blog posts on Calvary Chapel Split.
CrossHope Chapel is still very much like Calvary Chapel churches in doctrines and philosophies, but as I touched on in our conversation on Sunday, after the Calvary Chapel organizational split it may be a good thing to quietly distance ourselves from that and focus on our own God-given mission.
Since 2017 we have gratefully been part of the Calvary Global Network of churches and as a community of churches committed to Great Commission engagement, we are happy to stay connected in that network. As we started 2018 we received official permission to use the trademarked Calvary Chapel dove logo. It was a high honor and a great privilege to be able to use that dove logo.
While we appreciate the Calvary Chapel dove logo, we recognized that its value dating back to the California Jesus Movement of the 70’s does not actually reflect the Holy Spirit’s leading in our own Alabama community, mission, and church today. We have no business in the Calvary Chapel split, though the dove logo seemed to make it feel that we did, and we are not interested in putting new wine into old wine skins.
So in 2019 we are launching a new logo for CrossHope Chapel that will more accurately display who we are and what we stand for as a Bible Church, called by the Lord Jesus Christ to our own local harvest.
Our new logo is an encircled cross and Bible. There are three aspects to our logo that we hope it communicates…
- the cross of Christ is out front, foremost, and center of our church,
- the Bible is open because we conversationally teach it book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse,
- an encircling line represents our fellowship in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the corners of the Bible extend outside the circle as a reminder that our growth in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ flows beyond our church gatherings to our community, friends, and family.
We talked a bit about this at CrossHope Chapel last Sunday, but in case you missed it, now you know. Please let me hear from you if you have any questions, too.