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Friday, September 23, 2005

A Church Sign Primer

Church_parking It's Friday, and I'm kind of in a kick-back mode; so I thought I'd post this (right after the 'pitching the tent' entry!).  I'll probably be in big trouble.

Bob Hyatt at Bob.Blog has a great primer on church signs.  You know, after reading some of the church signs Bob shows (and some that I've seen personally), I'm wondering if anyone is really putting on their thinking caps when they decide what to put on their sign.

Click here to see Bob's posting...

Have a great weekend!  :)


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We had a church right next to our Bible college that ran the following two signs the weeks of our summer VBS:


and the next week:


Who are these signs supposed to be for?

Posted by: Jon McInnis | Sep 23, 2005 4:10:48 PM

"Church parking only..."

I didn't know you could park a church...

Posted by: bernie dehler | Sep 24, 2005 1:43:28 AM

There's a church not far from here with a sign that says

"git er done for God."

Never buy a church sign... then you have to figure out something clever to say every week.

Posted by: chris | Sep 24, 2005 7:22:19 PM

I am continually frustrated with the way churches use signs! They always seem either angry and judgemental or sickeningly punny. Or both. I am amazed that churches feel that their sign sermonizing is actually going to cause people to pull over and come to church. I've never heard of that happening, but I would welcome any such stories.

By far the funniest sign I ever saw was on Easter Sunday a few years ago. It read: "He is not here...He is risen."

Posted by: Danny Daughtridge | Sep 26, 2005 10:58:03 AM

I saw a funny one. "Looking for a sign from God, here it is, 'Go to church!'"

Posted by: Pastor Kelly | Sep 26, 2005 11:08:39 AM

Having spent the last 20 years trying to help churches understand the importance of good signage, I'm tickled and troubled by how insensitive and " Christianeeze" some of the church signs are today. There are some great books available with postings well done and categorized for easy use. E-mail me if you'd like a list.

Posted by: bob klinger | Oct 10, 2005 2:09:29 PM

Pastor Kelly wrote, "Having spent the last 20 years trying to help churches understand the importance of good signage..." My opinion is the best way to help is to tell them not to use any type of marquee.

But if they must, there is only one statement I have *ever* seen that is honest: "Sign Broken. Message Inside." All of our signs are broken, and we are in danger of complete irrelevance to the culture we live in. Hopefully we still can communicate the message, but it won't be on a marquee.

Posted by: cbc | Dec 9, 2005 2:58:25 PM

oops. make that "Bob Klinger" said.

Posted by: cbc | Dec 9, 2005 2:59:31 PM

PASTOR KELLY, can you send me that list of books for church signs? To be honest, I am tired of trying to come up with a clever sign week after week ... can you help? God bless.

Posted by: Brian Millican | Feb 21, 2006 11:30:40 AM

I have been coming up with a few good sign messages but I would love to get some more from anyone out there!

Posted by: Mike Egts | Apr 9, 2007 10:51:45 AM

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