In 2013, I decided to launch an animated video blog. Obviously, I needed to come up with a name. Since the blog was going to focus on my conviction that churches were never meant to become corporations (like the organized churches we have today), I decided to call the blog Church Anarchist. I wasn't thinking about anarchy in the political sense. I simply wanted a name that screamed no church hierarchy!
Well, that name screamed, all right. Even though people liked the animations, and liked what I had to say about the way we do church, they constantly had questions about the Church Anarchist name. Many were even hoping to get into lengthy political/theological discussions with me. Sadly, they quickly found me to be a very disappointing conversationalist on such matters. I'm very out of my depth when it comes to politics.
Eventually, I decided to "rebrand" my blog and all its accompanying social media accounts. I wanted a name that more accurately reflected what my blog, videos, cartoons (and my eventual book) were really about. It wasn't that I wanted to shy away from controversy. I'm actually quite comfortable with that. The very nature of the stance I take toward the organized church model will always cause a certain amount of controversy.
No, I wasn't looking for a name that was less controversial, just less political. And I found it. Funny thing is, it was the original name I chose years ago, the very first time I thought about launching a blog. The name I chose was Unchurching. (If you want to know where I got that name, just listen to this short podcast episode here.) It was the perfect name for my blog and for my upcoming book, which I just recently finished: Unchurching: Christianity Without Churchianity.
However, there's a lot more going on here than a simple name change and a new coat of paint. If you want to find out how I'm changing my focus and why, stay tuned for my next blog post. In the meantime, please check out the new site. And if you like what you see, please sign up for my mailing list. And make sure to tell all your friends about Unchurching! (Hopefully, it'll get you in less trouble than trying to tell them about Church Anarchist!)