A name is an important thing. It is the first thing a person receives at birth. It identifies a person and distinguishes between that person and another person.
If you think about it, the sound of one’s own name is the sweetest thing an ear can perceive. If you’ve been to a crowded place and heard someone shout your name (but actually aimed at another person), there’s a moment of euphoria followed by a brief moment of despair that you’re not. the one they called.
Changing your name is a big deal. It can mean a new union as in the case of a married woman taking her husband’s new surname, or it can be changed for a multitude of other reasons.
Last Sunday the church I pastor changed our name to the Mosaic Church. There’s so much excitement about this new change that I thought I’d share some reasons and the meaning behind the meaning.
When we started this church in the spring of 2021, we were sent and supported by Cornerstone Church in Ames. The DNA of this sending church is a big reason why we do some of the things we do.
Accordingly, this is why we teach through the books of the Bible while focusing on the Gospel message and why we emphasize our Connection Groups as a way to connect. It swayed our hearts for Marshalltown, and it’s why we believe in having a plurality of leaders in both decision-making and preaching.
The goal from the beginning of the planting was to get to a place where we had local leaders who fueled our decision-making, a growing congregation, and enough local support to fend for ourselves financially. Fortunately, we reached these health measures faster than expected!
Step into the transition to becoming a mosaic church.
The mosaic name carries a few layers of meaning to us. In a way, we wanted to have a name that represented the diversity of our community. In a deeper way, we often talk about the concept of making a stained glass window. To make a stained glass window, you have to take many different colors, shapes and sizes of glass, then use them in the middle of their breaking by putting them in the hands of a master craftsman, who can make something beautiful.
That’s what we see as the church. We desire to become a church made up of different colors, shapes and sizes of broken people whom God uses in the midst of their brokenness as he places us in community to shine forth the beauty of God’s message of light and truth.
In our logo we also have some intentional pieces.
The broken vessel is meant to describe the workings of the church. A ship does not produce water, but it delivers water where it is needed. The container does not transform the water but simply transports it by holding it until it is ready to be poured.
We desire our church to be a receptacle for the Word of God—not producing it, but supplying it. Do not transform it, but transport it. We desire to pour out God’s grace and let him do the work of transformation needed in people’s hearts and lives.
The frame around the container intentionally breaks at the word “church”. We desire to be a church where chains are broken and people experience true freedom in Christ.
The “c” in the word “church” is intentionally lower case. We understand that we are a “small c” church in the city of Marshalltown. mosaic is not the “Big C” Church of God, rather we represent a local body of believers who are part of the “Big C” Church of God.
The red color is meant to highlight some of Marshalltown’s historic buildings. The color red is also the only similar color in the American, Mexican and Burmese flags.
All together, the new name and logo are meant to be reminders to me and our local church members of who God is calling us to be. We seek to be a church that focuses on the transformative power of the gospel while striving to love this city well and to meet people in the midst of the breakdown.
The injuries are real. Brokenness is experienced by all of us. We believe that the power of healing and transformation has a name. His name is Jesus!
Steve Bensema is the senior pastor of the Mosaic Church.