FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World Convention of Churches of Christ Announces Name Change and Re-Branding
Louisville, KY—The World Convention of Churches of Christ announces exciting changes as theorganization unveils the results of a year-long re-branding and strategic planning effort.
Included in the re-branding is a name change to Global Christian Connexion. According
to Tina Bruner, Executive Director, “the name was carefully considered and chosen to better describe thepurpose of our organization.” The new GCC logo is designed with a fresh, modern style, and integrates partof the original World Convention logo to maintain history and familiarity. The new positioning line is “Bringing Stone-Campbell Churches Together in Mission.” A redesigned newsletter “CommUnityConnexion” will replace the former ChristiaNet newsletter, and a new website has launched at gcconnexion.org. The new site is built on a platform that enables better community engagement through information sharing, relationship-building, and stronger event management.
Ms. Bruner explains,“We (myself and our board of directors) recognized the need to be more relevant insupporting our community today. The new name and branding was done, in part, to show our increasedcommitment to proactively facilitate and foster connections among the three streams of restorationmovement churches: Christian Churches, Disciples of Christ, and Churches of Christ. Through in-depth, informal research over the past year, we heard from our supporters and members of our worldwidecommunity that it is difficult to collaborate within their own streams, much less outside of them. We haveplans for initiatives and development of resources that will bring us together relationally and promote unity.If there is ever a time for powerful witness that a unified Church can
change the world—it is now.”
World Convention has linked Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement churches for more than 92 years— since the first Global Gathering of 10,000 in Washington, DC in October of 1930. “This year would have marked the 20th Global Gathering in Warsaw, Poland.
The war in Ukraine and the necessity for the Polish Church to respond to this emergency situation made itdifficult to continue with our plans of meeting together. This crisis highlights the need for a unified effort inprayer, giving, and serving, to point a hurting world toward Jesus.” explains Ms. Bruner.
Today, with Tina Bruner as the first female Executive Director, and also the first to serve from the Independent Christian Church, all three streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement have been represented in leadership in the organization. Churches and individual donors across all streams are the organization’s base and are vital to the work.
Contributions to fund our growth and impact are welcome at gcconnexion.org/donate.