9 Trends for Church Sign Messages in 2018
2018 is knocking on the door and it’s time to change the calendar once again. This year, new trends for church sign messages will look to find fresh ways to bring joy, inspiration, and laughs to both church members and passersby.
1. Signable Scripture
Certain lines of scripture just speak for themselves. A sign decorated with a verse that says volumes in just a few words is a trend that you’ll see this coming year. For example, direct scripture church sign messages could read:
“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God; The Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands.” (Psalms 19:1)
“Behold, I am Coming Soon.” (Revelation 22:12)
“My Heart Shall Not Fear.” (Psalm 27:3)
2. Invitations for Food & Fellowship
Bible studies and prayer meetings can feel impossible to juggle amidst after-school obligations and family dinners.
Invite your congregants in to a welcoming place that settles their nerves by offering up a bit of food and fun with your signage. Consider the following:
“Enjoy our Last Supper (of the evening). Come now and congregate after.”
“Coffee and cookies today. Leave the stress for another day.”
“Rejoice! Choir practice now includes cookies and coffee!”
3. Funny Signs, Smiling Faces
Funny signs have been around for a long time, and in 2018, this humorous take on religious messages isn’t going anywhere. Humor is important because it gives your church personality and welcomes passersby with a warm smile and open arms.
Tout your church’s individualism with some chuckle-worthy messages, such as the following:
“For every Goliath, there is a stone.”
“Feed your faith, and your doubts will starve to death.”
“Without the bread of life, you are toast.”
“Looking for a lifeguard? Ours walks on water.”
“Why pay for GPS? Jesus gives directions for free.”
4. Reflective Focal Points
For some people, 2017 has been a difficult year; it’s not surprising that there will be many signs calling for spiritual reflection as 2018 gets underway. Church sign messages can help people better understand where they are in their spiritual journey and whether they have a good relationship with God. Here are a few examples:
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
“Does your spiritual house need spring cleaning?”
“We don’t need more to be thankful for; we need to be thankful for more.”
“God loves you, whether you like it or not.”
“God, renew a bright spirit within me.”
5. Relationship Reinvigoration
As time goes by, people begin to pull apart. Family members move far away, and friends’ lives go in different direction. 2018 will see a rebirth and renewed energy toward those loved ones with whom they’ve lost touch.
For people who have some relationship reconciliation to do, heartfelt— and sometimes humorous—church signs can resonate well.
“Don’t criticize your spouse’s judgement; look who they married!”
“Real friends build you up; they don’t tear you down.”
“Just love everyone. I’ll sort’em out later. –God.”
“Love is patient. Don’t rush what you want to last forever.”
“Real friends don’t gossip. They pray.”
6. Frank Conversations
Christ was honest in his teachings and living honestly and authentically will continue to be at the forefront of many churches’ sermons. In the coming months, be on the lookout for signs that are frank and to the point about Christian teachings. They’re likely to be short, yet thought provoking.
“God saw you do that…”
“Worry less. Pray more.”
“Give God what’s right, not what’s left.”
“Life is too short to be lukewarm.”
“Worry ends where faith begins.”
“Blah blah blah. Just come to church!”
7. Signs of the Times
Whether it’s new movies, games, news, tech, or novels, many signs will make reference to the world we live in. This type of sign shows the pastor and church committee are keeping up with the times. Take a look at these examples:
“Looking for Pokemon? Jesus? You’ll find them both here!”
“Who needs a smart phone? Try iPray. God is listening!”
“God is Potter, not Harry.”
“God Doesn’t have Twitter, but we still follow Him.”
“God is the best Avenger.”
“Jesus: The only thing better than the Star Wars trailer.”
8. Setting the Calendar to God’s Time
Everybody’s busy these days. People are scrambling between after-school activities, running late for meetings, and prepping for job interviews. It can be easy to find excuses not to come to church. In the coming year, expect church signs to remind people to save a little space on the calendar for spirituality.
“Do you cling to your Bible as closely as you do your cell phone?”
“Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game.”
“Our God created time and gave you that job.”
“Dust on your Bible could lead to dirt in your life.”
9. Messages About Vanity
With the emergence of social media, vanity is prevalent. With the advent and ever increasing popularity of selfies and social media, vanity has infiltrated the world we live in. While a certain amount of confidence is certainly an attribute to one’s being, humility is a quality deeply valued by Christ Jesus.
Remind people what it’s like to be human with these humbling church sign ideas:
“Jesus loved you before you were cool.”
“Nobody’s perfect, and anything’s possible.”
“God’s love lasts. Man’s adoration is temporary.”
“It’s hard to stumble when you’re on your knees.”
Whether you stick to trending church sign messages or you choose to go with the culture of your congregation and spread the Word the best way you know how, putting a new message on your changeable letter sign regularly can help make your congregation smile and pull new people into your pews. Who knows? Maybe this time next year, we’ll be highlighting a church sign trend that you started!
For nearly 50 years, Stewart Signs has been helping congregations get the Word out by creating custom signs and delivering exceptional designs. For more information about church signs, reach out to our team online, or call us at 1.800.237.3928.