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Church Signs

Call me cynical, but I don’t believe there is more than one way to use a church sign without making it either cheesey, trite, or judgemental in some way.  I think it is useful and healthy when it tells the time and the temperature – maybe the time of your services.  If it starts telling more than that…it starts getting iffy.  I suppose you could use it to tell about community events that are connected to your congregation, but how you word things is tricky.

Humility Fail

I understand that A TON of churches have church signs, and many of them get changed on a regulary, if not weekly basis.  It’s these that start to drive me crazy.  How is this helpful?: “7 days without prayer makes one weak” or “If you think it’s hot here, imagine Hell” or “Staying in bed shouting, ‘O God’, does not constitute going to church” or “Free coffee, everlasting life – yes, membership has its privileges”.  These don’t help.  They only make people mad.  Shoot, they make me mad.  How must they come across to someone who already has questions about church or the people who constitute the church?

OK, I know…there are well-meaning people behind the signage.  And some of those people actually come up with a little bit of wit (which I appreciate), and not everything is judgemental.  There are even some very profound truths that can be put on a sign.  However, once you put something on the sign it has a tendency to be taken the wrong way.

Here is a sign I see about every day in my town.  The city ordinance says that signs that change words must do so at an interval no faster than about 8 seconds.  So…if you have something to say on your sign that doesn’t fit on the sign you have to split it up.  The problem is that it can take less than 8 seconds to drive past the sign.  So you only get half the signs message.  If you park your car and stop to read the whole message on this sign it will say “God’s Timing…Always Perfect.”  That’s just great.  I don’t disagree with that.  However, they split it up so that most of the time all I see is the name of the church and this “Always Perfect.”  I don’t think that sends the right message. 

So…if you’re going to have a church sign, don’t let just anyone put the information on it.  And if you have to put something up on it make sure it’s the temperature and the time.  Maybe your website or service time.

Please comment with any sad, hilarious, or relevant signs you have seen.

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  1. Edie Lenz
    June 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I COMPLETELY agree with you about church signs, especially the great big ones that flash and light up. BUt that being said, I wanted to share my absolute favorite sign – one of our sister churches in town has a removable letter sign that they change once a month, when I moved to town the following sign was up – in this particular order:

    God is like Scotch
    tape – you can’t see him
    but he is always there

    God is like scotch………. hmmmmmmmmm

  2. Justin Meyers
    June 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Stop Drop and Roll doesn’t work in Hell

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