This week I have been working on designing a sign to put in front of the Bridge. The Bridge is a Covenant Church plant from Modesto Covenant that started over 10 years ago. Their building is in Riverbank, and we rent space from them midweek for Youth, College/Career, and worship. We love our partnership with them! And they have allowed us to put a sign up, too.
Before I make a design, I spend some time looking into good designs – and it is very interesting to see how churches design their signs. Or to be more clear – it is not the design that is usually “off” – it is the words that are put on the signs. Some signs are harsh, “It’s a new year… how about you try going to church?” Some signs are cheesy, “Seven days without prayer makes one weak,” or “God always answers knee-mail.” So many church signs seem to treat those who don’t come to church as outsiders.
People who don’t attend church are not outsiders – they are loved by God. Jesus walked with those who were often not very religious. He made fishermen the leaders of His movement. He called tax collectors and sinners to follow Him. Christians at their best follow Christ in this – people who don’t come to church are not outsiders – they are wandering sheep. They belong to God, and God is calling them home to His family to find love. They have often left because they have been hurt by other sheep, or think there are greener pastures away from the Good Shepherd.
Our goal is to walk with people in their lives – pray for them and care for them – even if they never come to church. And we want that to be a part of everything we communicate to people. We also want to be funny and make people smile – but hopefully in a less than cheesy way. 🙂
Paul said, “Let your conversation be seasoned with salt” (Col 4:6) – meaning people will want more of it. Care for people deeply, and realize that every day YOU are a sign for Jesus in this world. What is the message on display?