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Some churches drop 'Baptist' from names to gain new members


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Rev. Dan Brown is one of several Baptist pastors leading his congregation to change the church's name in hopes of bringing more people through the doors.

Though First Baptist Church of Sunbury will stay Baptist in doctrine, the denomination will no longer be part of the church's name. As of March 25, it will be called The Bridge, a change that Brown thinks newcomers will see as more welcoming, hopefully leading the church to grow beyond its 120 current members.

"We want to let people know all the love that's here," he said. "If they first hear 'Baptist,' they may...

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