A church in Springfield, Mo., decided to change their name a few months ago. Originally known as First Evangelical Free Church of Springfield, the large congregation now goes by The Springs Church. Why did they change their name? The church’s leadership explained that “the old name would cause some confusion because people would think that the church was free from evangelicals, which is not the case at all.”
When the nation divided during the Civil War, Missouri found itself tugged in both directions as a ‘border state.’ In the war's aftermath, Baptists in Missouri experimented with a unique model of dual alignment.