For over 80 years, Glad Tidings has been sharing the good news of Jesus with the community of Omaha.
As we enter into 2018, we believe God is calling us into a new season; a season where we are not only inviting all people to our church, but where our church will go to all people with the good news. God is calling us to become more outwardly focused, reaching the lost and the broken in our community and around the world.
Several times in scripture, when God was ready to change a person’s direction, He changed their name as well. Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel, Cephas to Peter, and Saul to Paul. With each name change, there was a new vision to lead, to bless others, and to go to all people with the good news. This is a new day for Glad Tidings. We are going after the unchurched and the unreached like never before in the history of our church, and our name should reflect this new direction.
Glad Tidings is now Good News Church.
In 1936, Pastor L.E. King planted a church in downtown Omaha where it was first called “Gospel Tabernacle.” Shortly after, they discovered there was already a church by the same name in Omaha and they chose a name with the same meaning—“Glad Tidings.”
“Glad tidings” is an old fashioned English word for “good news.” In Luke 2:10, the angel said, “I bring glad tidings (good news) of great joy that will be for all people. Glad Tidings means “good news” but our name is not good news to many people. Today, people don’t use this kind of language and often don’t know what “glad tidings” means. With our vision for reaching the unreached and the unchurched, “Good News Church” clearly communicates who we are.
We are a church that is Good News for all people.
As we enter a new chapter in our church’s story, we are marking it with a new name. While our identity has not changed, our vision for taking the good news to all people is expanding. We believe God is going to do more in the next 8 years in our church than what He has done in the last 80. We thank you for your partnership, prayers, and support as we look forward to what God has for His church.