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what would your sign say?

March 10, 2010

well, now that we know what kind of church signs are ineffective…lets do something here that may send a different message.

its no secret that church marquee’s can often times be very cheesy and, unfortunately, disturbing.

so, if you had the responsibility of changing every church sign to say one thing…what would it say?

you can be serious, funny, clever (not cheesy please πŸ˜‰ )

but by all means…do not be offensive. theres enough of those already πŸ™‚

what would really capture the hearts and minds of passerby’s that would ignite a curiosity and a genuine, respectful response?


79 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2010 9:50 am

    my church sign would simply read “we’re sorry”

    • March 10, 2010 10:18 am

      I agree

      We’re sorry to

      …the gay community
      …hurting people
      …divorced people
      …nations that our country has invaded

    • March 10, 2010 1:50 pm

      mmm. this just does so much to my heart. it speaks so much.

      wow. that would be powerful.

  2. March 10, 2010 9:52 am

    “You’re not THAT bad cuz He is THAT good”

    • March 10, 2010 1:51 pm

      did you steal that from a bumper sticker, toby?


      • March 10, 2010 1:56 pm

        It would have been in German and typing into my translator app while driving could be dangerous :D.

  3. Melissa permalink
    March 10, 2010 10:20 am

    I did not come up with this, but I LOVE it!

    “Need a new life? God accepts trade-ins”

  4. March 10, 2010 10:58 am

    Awesome idea Tam, here goes.

    Peace that surpasses all Understanding
    Inquire within

    • March 10, 2010 1:52 pm

      “inquire within” could mean so much too.

      i like.

  5. Heidi permalink
    March 10, 2010 10:58 am

    We take messy people and their luggage.

  6. March 10, 2010 11:00 am

    I’d steal a line from last night’s lost.
    “We’ll have you.”

  7. March 10, 2010 11:25 am

    Nothing about your past or your present is a surprise to God. He takes you as you are. No questions asked. He just wants your future.

  8. March 10, 2010 11:52 am


    Perfect people with perfect lives not needed, all others welcome.

    ….however that could be seen bad I’m sure. πŸ˜†

  9. March 10, 2010 11:52 am

    You are loved…Period.

  10. March 10, 2010 11:57 am

    From a church in our neighborhood:
    “Visitors Welcome. No Experience Required.”

  11. March 10, 2010 12:26 pm

    honestly, i hate marquee signs because i think they are cheesy. i think it allows for people to pull out the latest Christian cliche and i want to puke because they are all over my town. i think if you have a marquee, scripture will suffice and i would put,

    “Now to the One who can keep you upright and plant you firmly in His presence–clean, unmarked and joyful in the light of His glory…be glory and greatness and might and authority; just as it has been since before He created time, may in continue now and into eternity.”

    (i would have to use really small letters)

    • March 10, 2010 1:55 pm

      and think too…a small font would cause people to have to get out, come up close, to read it. theyre already out of their car…why not come in now? πŸ˜‰

  12. March 10, 2010 12:39 pm

    You don’t agree with everything everyone says.
    You won’t with us either. Come in anyway.

  13. March 10, 2010 1:35 pm

    How about, “He who is without sin, nothing to see here, move it along”.

  14. March 10, 2010 1:59 pm

    how bout…..”We took the cheese off of this sign so you could come in and get fed.” Huh?? No, not a bumper sticker Tam!

    • March 10, 2010 2:01 pm

      ahahaha!!! i love this one! i respond well to ‘funny’…this cracks me up πŸ˜†

    • March 10, 2010 4:00 pm

      seriously took me a few to get this one. πŸ˜†


  15. March 10, 2010 2:06 pm

    mine would say…

    “for the wages of sin is…”… i kid!

    ok…heres mine…

    “words on a marquee have no value if we cant back’em up”

  16. March 10, 2010 2:11 pm

    Church Online – Come in your PJs – or less…

    Ok, not really. Well….

    • March 10, 2010 6:40 pm

      “or less” hmmmm…sounds like a fun church


  17. March 10, 2010 2:17 pm

    “Jesus came to save sinnersβ€”of whom I am the worst.

    You won’t be the odd one out”

    Or something along those lines, anyway. People need to know they won’t burst into flames the minute they walk through the door.

    • March 10, 2010 6:43 pm

      “of whom I am the worst”

      its been my observation that church goers/ christians rarely talk about their own sin and struggle. so they have this facade of perfection goin on. on lookers would be jaw dropped if a church confessed they were the “worst”. it would be an incredible moment.

  18. March 10, 2010 2:17 pm

    I think mine would say something like

    This is a boring church sign.
    The cool stuff is inside!

  19. March 10, 2010 3:15 pm

    My husband works for a church (that we used to attend before helping plant a church). They have a very large digital sign in which they put up cheesey phrases. On their guest registration card they ask how you heard about the church. The Sign is one of the options to check off. Don’t know how many people have ever checked that box.

    For mine….spinning off what Brandy said and a series that NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC did last year:
    No Perfect People allowed.

    • March 10, 2010 4:01 pm

      that is more to the point, I like it better! Plus it’s easier to read while driving by. πŸ˜†

    • March 10, 2010 6:44 pm

      interesting the sign was never referred to. either the sign itself is pointless or the words on it were.

  20. March 10, 2010 4:00 pm

    Hurting people welcome here.

  21. March 10, 2010 4:55 pm

    Pithy-Comment-Free Zone

  22. TheNorEaster permalink
    March 10, 2010 5:16 pm

    “The Church of Misfits: A place for the rest of us.”

  23. TheNorEaster permalink
    March 10, 2010 5:22 pm

    AND: “Many sins make a fire, but false saints fuel the flames.”

  24. TheNorEaster permalink
    March 10, 2010 5:30 pm

    AND (Part Two): “Love keeps no record of wrongs, but gossip never forgets.”

  25. March 10, 2010 5:32 pm

    Mine would say “Come As You Are”

  26. TheNorEaster permalink
    March 10, 2010 5:41 pm

    AND (Part Three): “Peace is mercy in action.”

    (Pretty sure that’s from “When Lightning Strikes”.)

  27. March 10, 2010 6:28 pm

    “everybody’s welcome, everybody’s invited, everybody’s the same!”

    • March 10, 2010 6:56 pm

      that would be such a refreshing sign to see!

  28. March 10, 2010 6:51 pm

    Hmm…along the same lines of a few commenters:

    “Imperfect people serving a perfect Saviour”. With a ‘U’ in Saviour and everything.

    Not sure if that really nails what I mean, but mix it in with “God loves you the way you are. But He loves you too much to leave you that way” and it’s a bit closer!

    • March 10, 2010 6:55 pm

      but people wont understand why the “U” is there.


      • March 10, 2010 9:58 pm

        That’s why they need to go to church.

        And if they don’t use a ‘U’, they’re going to hell.

        • March 10, 2010 10:02 pm


          of course.

          • March 10, 2010 10:19 pm

            *snigger* And an over use of “z” too…

            • March 10, 2010 10:23 pm


              alright ladies.

              to honoUr you, i will confess that i realiSe we spell things a bit differently.

              correctly, of course, but whatever.


              • March 10, 2010 11:49 pm

                I do believe the English language was well and truly established in place before the American revisions, yes? πŸ˜‰

  29. March 10, 2010 10:40 pm

    It would be simple for me…

    “Welcome.” **but we’d have to mean it**

  30. March 10, 2010 11:03 pm

    Through reading this thread today a song keeps popping into my head…..

    “all who are weary
    all who are weak
    come and drink from the fountain…..”

    everytime I’ve read through these…. that song.

    • March 11, 2010 7:50 pm

      we sang that this weekend “all who are thirsty”. beautiful song. would make a great sign!

  31. March 11, 2010 5:50 pm

    I wonder how effective it would be to say

    rest area.

    • March 11, 2010 7:50 pm

      oh, id definitely run into that building!


  32. March 12, 2010 6:56 pm

    My sign would say, “Got Freedom? Find yours here.”

  33. March 14, 2010 8:18 am

    Our digital sign doesn’t say anything fancy, but a LOT of people come in during the week thinking we’re the Catholic Club (located on the next block), and they get confused when they can’t find the poker machines πŸ™‚

    Although I did take an angry call one day from a Jewish couple complaining that we were promoting an ex-kkk leader who was now a preacher…

  34. March 14, 2010 8:20 am

    I did see a sign once that said “Trouble sleeping? Come in and try one of our sermons”

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