Ever find yourself stuck and looking for inspiration or just want to see what other ministries are doing in their media design? I recommend heading over to the Church Marketing Lab on Flickr. This group includes designs from all different stripes of churches and ministries, so whether you’re looking to design something classic or something a bit more edgy and eye-popping, you’re bound to find some inspiration and ideas here...
Last week we discussed what I believe is one of the biggest blunders we can make: taking the exciting message of the Gospel and making it drab and unappealing through lazy media design work. I’m certainly not advocating that we change the Gospel message, but I do believe many churches could stand to update their methods in how they share it. If we’re going to do all things well, to God’s glory, that includes the media design in our churches.
If there’s one thing that drives me crazy in ministry, it’s churches with ugly media design. Let’s face it: many churches are still stuck in 1997 when it comes to the bland, Microsoft-Publisher-clipart-saturated media that they produce as a ministry. But that’s not just bad for public relations, that’s bad stewardship of the resources God has given us as we try to fulfill our commission to tell the world about Him.
God didn’t just create you to be male. He created you to be a man. And that’s not a given. Godly manhood is a role that we choose to embrace. God set men down on this planet and said, "Conquer it. Take ownership and leadership. Cultivate and build." So, at no point, did God tell men, "Go, be gruff, rude, selfish, and step on people." He has called men to servant leadership, following in the footsteps and example of Christ. So we’re to nurture, to build, and to initiate - in a humble manner - just like Christ does for us and for the church and for all His creation.