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New Tampa church has new name to better reflect its mission

Pastor Jane McDonnough says the name-change was three years in the making.

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Pastor Jane McDonnough says the name-change was three years in the making.

NORTH TAMPA

The building and all it stands for haven't changed, even if the sign outside looks dramatically different.

Faith Life Church still centers on the word of God, said Pastor Jane McDonnough, spiritual leader at what was called the Tampa Bay Word of Faith Church.

"Our purpose is to help people connect their faith and their life, and that's exactly what our new name does — faith connected to life," she said.

The church just celebrated its 10th anniversary, having started with 75 people in rented facilities in the Alfonso Center near the University of South Florida. At that time, members of the congregation performed outreach by driving a bus through the community, offering services to the homeless and preaching on the streets.

McDonnough said the church's efforts now are more specific. The bus is no longer used, and the church has four mega-projects each year: a school backpack giveaway, a fall festival, free cold water bottle handouts and the Amen Outreach for the homeless.

"We realized if we were scattered we weren't as effective," said McDonnough. "Now by pulling our efforts together, we've gotten a whole lot better results."

Tangible outcomes go back to the church's main goal, she said.

"This is making the Bible relevant," she said. "Taking the word of God and seeing how you can best apply it in your everyday life."

Martha Korman says the link between accepting God's word and living it brought her to the church 10 years ago and continues to resonate for her today.

"We have to walk by faith and not by sight," said Korman, 53, a business executive living in Odessa. "I love the grass roots teaching of the word of God at the church. If Jesus says it, then I need to get a hold of what he is saying to me personally."

While the name change might appear to be a simple process, McDonnough said it was three years in the making. Members, now numbering 200, decided to wait until the church was at its strongest, especially with finances.

In addition to changing all the signs, they had to update all printed material and the Web page. "And that's not including the legal fees, or the cost of getting the word out," she said.

Still, the new name has been eagerly embraced, she said, from those who simply relate better to its message, to those who answer the phone in the church office.

"It sure is a lot easier to say," she said.

Contact reporter Sheryl Kay with any religion news at skreporter@hotmail.com or call 813-230-8788.

>>AT A GLANCE

Faith Life Church

Faith Life Church is at 4902 E Busch Blvd., just off 50th Street. Worship services are at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Another Sunday morning service will be added in the fall. Ministries include Kids R Champions 2, Xtreme Impact for teens and the Healing School. For more information, go to www.flctampa.org.

New Tampa church has new name to better reflect its mission 09/11/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 4:22pm]
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