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What’s in a Name? (part 3)

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A New Name

In recent weeks we have posted about “What’s in a Name?” asking the important questions that lead us to considering a name change for Dominion. We’ve decided to move forward under a new name: Oak Hill Classical School. This name meets our original criteria of clarity and effectively communicates our commitments. It’s also more concrete and a natural symbol. As I mentioned in my earlier email about names, Oak Hill carries some powerful freight.

In addition to having oaks, the school’s future location is hilly. But oaks are symbols of strength, a hope more important, the “hill”
alludes to Jesus’ call for His disciples to be “the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5.14). We hope this for our students–that their growth in wisdom, joy, and love would influence our community both here and more broadly.

What’s in a Name? (part 2)

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What’s in a Name? (Part 2)
Last week I mentioned that we are considering a new name for Dominion. I wanted to follow up with some criteria I’ve developed after conversations with other schools that have changed names.
1. Clear and concise.
2. Communicate (implicitly or explicitly) our key commitments: Christ-centered, classical, community, presence, stability
3. Concrete is better than abstract; that is, a person/thing over a concept.
4. Any person chosen should probably be pre-Reformation. Post-Reformation people bring “definitions” of their own to the table, which might create a similar situation to the one we have with Dominion.
5. Things should be naturally occurring and should ideally communicate at least two of our commitments (physically or metaphorically).

These 5 points are the central focus as we move forward with our name change.  Please continue to pray for the Board of Dominion as the final decision is made.

What’s in a Name? (part 1)

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What’s in a Name?-a 3 part series

Part 1

Dominion Classical Christian Academy—our name. In a very real sense, it represents our identity to the world. For those in our community, we have heard it so often that we scarcely pay attention to it any longer. But for those outside our community, our name is the only experience they have of our school. So we must ensure that our name is the right door to us. And I believe now is the time to change it.

Why are we “Dominion?” In short, because of a biblical and theological term: the dominion mandate. Sometimes called the creation or cultural mandate, it is God’s first command to our first parents: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28, KJV). It is this mandate that supports our careful stewardship of the earth and human culture through all our tasks. Indeed, it is the foundation of our educational work.

With this rich basis for Dominion, why change our name at all? In short, because it now fails to communicate all our commitments with clarity. Here’s what I mean:

  •   – Clarity – Our name should clearly identify us as uniquely as possible and be easy to communicate. Some things have changed that affect these criteria.

o   We are not the only school in the Atlanta metro that is called Dominion; We have been in athletic competition with the other Dominion and with schools that play them. This causes confusion among potential friends of our school—including families, peer schools, vendors, and donors.

o   In addition, our current name is often mispronounced (most often as “Dominican”). Moreover, its full written form is simply too long. In casual use, I’ve heard most people say simply “Dominion Classical,” or “Dominion.” We believe a shorter name will be beneficial and more effective.

  •  – Commitments – We think our name should demonstrate our commitments: to our Christian and educational commitments, yes, but perhaps also to our geographic place, our most tangible connection to the community.

We don’t take up this matter lightly. But as we look forward to graduating our first class in 2017, we feel we should address this issue now.

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