To keep you guys updated on our new movie theater church project, we are now three Sundays in and things are great! We are finally starting to settle in and it’s beginning to feel like home. One of the biggest tools that we have used to transform this space from a cinema to a place of worship has been banners. When our hospitality team shows up bright and early each week, their first priority is setting up these easy-to-use banners that greet everyone when they arrive. Not only do they add to the look and feel of the place, but I’d say that logistically they are one of the best investments that we have made. They make it really easy to find where we are located from the road and they work really well inside the theater for navigation. While there is no doubt that banners can be expensive, we were able to find a few of them that look great, but don’t break the bank.
1. Rollup Banner - 2’7″ x 6’7″ - $149
If you’re looking for a banner to make a big impact inside your church, this is the ticket. These rollup banners have been around for several years, but they have never been this inexpensive until now. Outreach.com has really made these things affordable and they truly look great. We use them in our lobby to communicate our “Believe, Belong, Become” mission statement, as well as to identify our kids area, nursery, and chapel. Because they are pretty tall, they stand out even in crowds. Setup time takes just seconds and they couldn’t be easier to pack away. With a quick pull, they roll back up into their aluminum bases and are ready to be stored. Outreach has several ways to print these banners—you can pick from multiple designs, add your own words or logo to their designs, or go totally custom like we did. No matter which design method you choose, the price stays the same. I would recommend these for church plants, stage designs, communicating your mission statement in your lobby, or as navigation throughout your facility. Below are some quick photos that I snapped of ours. You can purchase these banners here.
2. A-Frame Banner - 4′ x 8′ - $269 (1 Side), $427 (2 Side)
Looking for an outdoor banner that really catches the eye? When we were planning for the launch of our church’s second campus, we knew that it would be crucial that we brought our “brand” on Sunday mornings to this theater. Simply put, when people drive by, they should be well aware that Pathway Church of God is gathering at that theater. One of the biggest tools for accomplishing this goal has been these huge a-frame banners from Outreach. Make no mistake about these guys…they are massive! We keep a 2-sided one on the main road with all of our info that directs people towards the theater. Also, we have a 2-sided one at the front entrance as kind of a traditional church sign. However, we got a little creative with the back and put all of our web/social network url’s so that people would be reminded as they are leaving to visit these sites. Both have worked really well for us and I would recommend them for church plants looking to identify themselves, as well as for advertising big events or your next sermon series. You are able to use one of Outreach’s designs or you can supply your own for about the same price. You can purchase these banners here.
3. Double Sided Feather Flag with Spike - 16′ - $248
Another banner that has worked great outside to let the public know that we are located in this movie theater is this big feather flag. Originally, we purchased these flags thinking that we would have to set them up and take them down each Sunday. They would work perfect for that, needing only a good hammer and a willing volunteer. There are also several other base options so that you can use them on concrete or indoors. We are really fortunate that the manager of our theater is actually allowing us to leave them up during the week—which makes for great advertising. These flags have held up really well through some pretty harsh winds these past couple of weeks, so we have been really happy with them. (You’ll see in our picture that we are still figuring out the art of preventing a lean, though.) This company’s website may not look very impressive, but they gave us wonderful customer service and the flags turned out great. They really catch the eye and I think these would work great for any church. A good tip to remember is that they seem to attract the most attention when several of them are placed together in a line. Also, be sure to mention that you are a non-profit when you are ordering and keep in mind that there is a discount for buying multiple flags at at time. You can purchase these flags here.
What about you? Do you have any creative banners that you use at your church?