Clarifying Issues Surrounding Our Name (Northridge Church)

This post is for those who are members of Northridge (but of course, anyone can read)…

As you know at this Sunday night's meeting (Vertical Worship) we are having a brief business meeting about issues surrounding the clarification of our church name. In brief, I want to explain here so it isn't all new information to you Sunday night.

  1. In December of 2009, the church voted to change our name to "Northridge Church, a Baptist Church of Rochester, NY".
  2. Immediately after the vote we began the process of the name change. Our church treasurer and finance committee filed a DBA (Doing Business As) – since that is only one or two documents to sign. A full name change takes a massive amount of time and paperwork and that was postponed.
  3. This is the reason that if you make a purchase at the bookstore, your debit or credit card statement says that you made a purchase from "North Baptist Church" rather than "Northridge Church". Some places haven't allowed us to use our DBA of Northridge Church. We have found that confuses newer people who have never heard of North Baptist Church. Issues like that have motivated us to finish the name change that was postponed with moving into the new building and other important tasks our finance and stewardship teams have been working on.
  4. So in the last two years, we have been functioning as "North Baptist Church" with a DBA of "Northridge Church, a Baptist Church of Rochester, NY".
  5. When the church voted on a new constitution in the fall, we had to put our current legal name in the constitution not just the DBA. But because we haven't yet fully changed the name legally, the new constitution says our name is, "North Baptist Church of Rochester, New York, doing business under the assumed name Northridge Church, a Baptist Church of Rochester, New York".
  6. Therefore, there are two conflicting names. The name from December 2009 (#1 above) and the name in the constitution (#5 above).
  7. We are in the process of refinancing our mortgage which will result in us saving tens of thousands of dollars. But the bank asked about the name change and told us to get that finished up before we refinance. So our Stewardship Team wants us to do this sooner rather than later.
  8. The Stewardship Team has also requested that we shorten the name. We always refer to ourselves as "Northridge Church", not any of those longer names. So if we can legally use the shorter name everywhere, it would be more convenient.
  9. SO (I'm coming to the conclusion)… the Oversight Team and Stewardship Team have worked together to recommend this name change:

CURRENT STATEMENT IN OUR CONSTITUTION:

ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2 – NAME
This organization is chartered under the laws of the State of New York as a nonprofit, religious organization under the corporate name North Baptist Church of Rochester, New York, doing business under the assumed name Northridge Church, a Baptist Church of Rochester, New York. Northridge Church is independent of any denomination. The church is to be separate from civil government yet bound by its laws as long as they are not in opposition to Scripture.

 

WE WILL BE VOTING TO CLARIFY OUR NAME WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION:

ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2 – NAME

This organization is chartered under the laws of the State of New York as a nonprofit, religious organization under the corporate name Northridge Church. Northridge Church (formerly North Baptist Church) is independent of any denomination yet is Baptistic in its doctrine and history. The church is to be separate from civil government yet bound by its laws as long as they are not in opposition to Scripture.

SUMMARY (just to be clear):

  • In 2009, we voted to change our name to "Northridge Church, a Baptist Church of Rochester, NY".
  • In 2011, we voted in a new constitution and for legal purposes had to include our current name, not the one we had voted on: "North Baptist Church of Rochester, New York, doing business under the assumed name Northridge Church, a Baptist Church of Rochester, New York".
  • Sunday night we will be voting to change the name to "Northridge Church". The constitution will indicate that we were formerly North Baptist Church and that we continue to be Baptistic in doctrine and history.

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