INTRODUCING OUR NEW NAME
FIVE LAKES CHURCH
This year, McCord Road Christian Church will officially become Five Lakes Church.
After 55 years of being known as McCord Road Christian Church, the time came for a change. Throughout history, God never changes a name without expanding a vision. Our future is calling, and it is big!
As Five Lakes Church, our vision hasn’t changed; it is expanding.
We are a compassionate church, committed to making a tangible impact in our region and beyond. We see an increasing number of people experiencing the love of Christ right where they are. This matters so much that we commit the first 10% of our annual budget to outreach efforts. As we move into our future, Five Lakes Church will continue to deepen and extend those efforts locally and around the world.
We are a multigenerational church, physically and spiritually, where all believers mature and new believers are born. We see people of all ages deepening their knowledge, wisdom, and faith. We introduce people of all cultures to the transforming truth and grace of Jesus Christ. Five Lakes Church is a healthy, growing church family.
As we pray into our new name, we see God at work affirming and expanding our story. Here are some thoughts behind our new name:
God is using our church to make a regional impact. This name roots us to the Great Lakes Region and points toward the expanding influence of our mission to Love God, Love Each Other, and Get the Message Out.
Throughout the Bible, we see the number five often referencing or symbolizing the grace of God.* This resonates with us. Five Lakes is not just a church on Sunday. We are ambassadors to a lost world, separated from God and in need of a savior. We cannot fathom the depths of God’s grace, but we rely on it completely.
Water is a theme throughout the Bible. It frequently symbolizes new life, cleansing, and the spirit of God. Five Lakes Church is a place where you can experience a life-giving relationship with Jesus. It’s a place where you can be empowered by the Spirit of God to do more, be better, and make a difference in the world.
*When God was giving unholy humanity a method of approaching a holy God, He gave them five sacrifices. They are the Burnt Offering (Leviticus 1; 8:18-21; 16:24), Sin Offering (Leviticus 4; 16:3-22), Trespass Offering (Leviticus 5:14-19; 6:1-7; 7:1-6), Grain Offering (Leviticus 2) and Peace Offering (Leviticus 3; 7:1-34). This was God offering grace to His children so they could come to Him. Another example is the way the Ten Commandments are broken into two sets of five commandments. The first five commandments are related to our treatment and relationship with God, and the last five concern our relationship with other humans. God’s grace is again revealed as He gives us guidelines to follow in building successful relationships with God and each other. Lastly, though not exhaustively, there were five ingredients in the holy anointing oil (Exodus 30:23-25). These ingredients (pure myrrh, sweet cinnamon, sweet calamus, cassia, and hin) were given directly by God and used to consecrate the furniture of the tabernacle. It was a revelation of absolute grace.