Church Signs

Written by Drew on September 22nd, 2006

Every church has one. And just about every church at one point or another uses it to do something morbidly embarassing. I’m talking about the church sign.

We’ve all read the cute sayings:

Ch–ch. What’s missing? UR!

Lost? Try G.P.S. God’s Plan of Salvation

Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins.

Groan. Why do we do this? Are “sentence sermons,” passed around from one church to another, the best way to use the cheapest, most effective means of advertising we have?

And then there are the misspelled words. You’d think that a person would consult a dictionary before putting something up for all the world to see. So often, our church signs leave the community with the wrong impression. Brother Doe was assigned the job of changing it for the quarter, and because he introduced the upcoming gospel meeting as featuring a “guess speaker,” the community visualizes a bunch of backward, uneducated country bumpkins.

We can do better. There are plenty of great ideas for what to put on our church signs. Why not announce the dates for Vacation Bible School or a gospel meeting? Why not highlight a brief, yet inspiring part of Scripture? The point is, the sign should leave the community thinking that inside are serious Christians whose faith is real and who are willing to reach out with Christ and provide for a community’s spiritual needs.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    Drew, my husband & I used to attend a church in Oklahoma who used their sign for cheap advertisment. When my husband was assigned the duty of changing the reader board, he did just as you said. Scriptures were posted instead of catchy sayings. It really made an impact on some of the members. Not every member enjoys the “fun” sayings. I wish that the churches of Christ would stray from conforming to denominational ways.

  2. TM520 says:

    My wife and I frequently encounter such signs in the Memphis area, and we don’t find them cute or entertaining, either. Glad to know we’re not the only ones adverse to puns and hoary old joke phrases when the signs could be put to a much better use.

  3. Kevin W. Rhodes says:

    This is a real pet peeve of mine. When I had the opportunity, I tried to put scriptures up that were relevant to issues in the world (such as regarding homosexuality) or advertise gospel meetings, etc. Many times, these signs are just advertising the spiritual shallowness of those within.

  4. Joey says:

    Very well said…it’s a sad fact that so many trivialize the importance of the gospel message. I was doing some reading along these lines last week, actually. Ran across this site: It’s Got many “groan worthy” signs…thanks for the good thoughts on the blog…

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