Introducing Our New Name – Thousand Tongues
You may have noticed that we’ve been pretty quiet for the past 9 months or so. Part of the reason for that is a very busy season of building transitions at my (David’s) home church. But another reason for this organizational sluggishness is that we are in the midst of our own transition. Some major changes have been happening to Reformed Praise behinds the scenes, and it’s time to let you in on them.
First, we have become incorporated and are in the process of getting official non-profit status (501c3). The corporate structure helps us prepare for future growth with better accountability, and the non-profit status allows us to accept donations that are tax-deductible, including physical gifts. We have a board (the identities of which we will share in the coming months) and are excited to have more gifted leaders helping make decisions about our future.
Second, we have decided to change our name from Reformed Praise to Thousand Tongues (you can see the new logo at that link). Since we were in the process of a major structural change, the time seemed right to evaluate whether our name effectively summarized what we are all about. After research and prayer, we decided that a name change would be good for at least two reasons.
- First, by using the word “reformed” so front and center, the initial impressions people had of our organization were tied to their impressions of the word reformed. For many, the word “reformed” has a lot of negative baggage. That needlessly casted suspicion on us or even closed doors of ministry opportunities. Our doctrinal convictions haven’t changed, but our desire to give people the chance to hear from us before drawing conclusions has.
- Second, by using the word “praise” we felt that the name tied us too closely with music or the activity of praising God, which while being one way to worship God, is not synonymous with worship. “Reformed Praise” was coined in 1999 without much thought. David started taking hymns from a hymnal named “Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship” and casting them in what was then called the “praise song” format – more contemporary tunes, often with a chorus.
So why Thousand Tongues? Here are some positive things we like about the name:
- It doesn’t have clear associations with another group or theological system
- It is filled with imagery, engaging the imagination
- It fits with our mission, which simply stated is to see thousands of tongues worshiping God in a way that shows how glorious He really is
- It is associated with perhaps the best-known hymn in the English language, “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
We hope to have the new site live by the end of the year and will begin the arduous task of updating all of our several hundred songs to reflect the new organization name. So stay tuned for big changes around here!