Grace International Communion is out
but new name is still in the works at WCG
PASADENA, Calif.--The Worldwide Church of God will soon have a new name, but it won't be the one many people are expecting.
Church headquarters had tentatively decided on Grace International Communion, or GIC, as the new moniker, but that name is out, and it's not yet clear what name is in.
Still, "the name change is not on hold and the process for finding a new name continues," according to a writer for the church's personal-correspondence department.
"What has happened is that based on the feedback from members and pastors, the name that had been proposed, Grace International Communion, will not be selected," wrote WCG employee Paul Kroll in response to a query about the name change.
Mr. Kroll continued: "We appreciate your interest in this important step that the church is taking. Please continue to pray for God's guidance and direction on the process of finding and selecting a new name for our denomination."
A few weeks earlier, while "Grace International Communion" was still in the running, WCG Today, the member newsletter, noted in an unbylined article that WCG members "have been discussing the possibility of changing the name of the denomination" since "the beginning of the doctrinal transformation of the Worldwide Church of God in 1994."
The article noted that last year Pastor General Joseph Tkach Jr. had announced at nine U.S. regional conferences and at the national pastors' conference that he sensed a consensus in the church that the time had come to change the name to something other than Worldwide Church of God.
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