When you are designing a banner for your church, it can be a lot of fun to involve the congregation in the process. There are many different ways that you can get their assistance, particularly if the congregation is contributing towards the purchase of the banner.
Here are a few ideas on how you can involve the entire church in designing your banner.
Run a contest with the Sunday school class. This is a great way for the children in your church to get involved with the church community. Hold an informal contest for the initial design of the banner. It is important to clearly describe what you need for this banner and to supply the children with templates.
You may be surprised at the results of your contest. Many children are quite talented at design and this is a great opportunity for them.
Ask the Congregation For Their Input. As you begin the design process, show the congregation what you have completed so far and ask for any suggestions they may have. This is very helpful if you are stuck for ideas and once again, you may be surprised with the results.
Have the Congregation Pick Their Favorite Design. You can design several different signs and allow your congregation to vote for the one that they like the most. In the case of a tie, you can hold an informal run off. This method allows the people in your church to feel as though they are truly a part of the organization.
Ask For Help. If you are not familiar with design principles, or you do not feel comfortable handling the design yourself, ask for some volunteers. It may be a good idea to create a committee that will be in charge of this project. This way you can pool the strengths of several people for the best end result.
After your banner has been designed and has arrived, you can then involve your church once more by holding a celebration. If the sign is for a particular event, you can wait for the event, or you can throw a small party to thank the congregation for their help and support.
As many churches try to figure out how to reach out to the people in the congregation, this type of project can be of real help. By involving your parishioners in something that fosters the sense of community, they will be able to meet new people, make new friends and enjoy the time that they spend with your other parishioners.
In a way, a simple banner can do much more than just display a message. It can serve as a means to bring people together.