What Not To Call Your Church

This church is called:

St. Paul’s Wolf’s Evangelical Covenant Church

If you’re up to it, check out wolfschurch.org …


6 thoughts on “What Not To Call Your Church

  1. Ha! I thought it was going to be a satirical site, but apparently it really is a church with that name.

    I’d be nervous to attend, given their home page – emphasis on holiness and how it is not love to tolerate sin. Unusual. You wonder whether the emphasis is on love or correct behaviour. They don’t have to be in conflict, but I wonder what caused them to have that emphasis on their very first web page.

  2. according to the church history and many family names on the site that must be a church of immigrants from Germany. Since they`re lutheran and reformed, I guess their belief is based on a continuation of Lutheran and Zwinglian orthodoxy (Calvinists and Lutherans often don´t mix easily), something that you will not easily find these days in the European churches of these denominations.
    For the picture: In Europe such a picture on a church website would immediately draw suspicion, you know for what reason…

  3. I thought the picture was strange too, though I didn’t first think of the reason you refer to… you are no doubt right about Europe. I’m more used to seeing pictures showing a smiling community group covering a few ages and races when advertising a church, rather than this kind of sweet and nervous looking child. It doesn’t really portray ‘warmth’ to me, but rather a shy uncertainty.

    I guess its in the eye of the beholder. But it is again unusual.

    Interesting taking a look at different churches choose to portray themselves, both in words and images.

    Interesting guess at their denominational inheritance.

  4. actually it was no guess at all concerning the denominational history, because they state it explicitly on their website (under Belief & Vision / History of church), it´s also the most likely one if their ancestors were from Germany…

  5. I just found the image of the girl surrounded by light a little creepy.

    Why the church was called what it was:

    “The nickname Wolf’s came from the name of Peter Wolf, who operated a tavern at the five-mile house near the intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 116. On January 30, 1847, action was taken to build a new schoolhouse and dwelling. This schoolhouse was to be attached to the church.”

    I found this interesting:

    “The church acknowledges the authority of the ancient creeds (Apostles and Nicene) reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant reformers. In accordance with the teachings of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, the church recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.”

  6. “For the picture: In Europe such a picture on a church website would immediately draw suspicion, you know for what reason…”


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