From the ichthys1 to the cross, symbols have been a part of Christianity since ancient history. Modern churches make great effort to connect with that history, while still reaching out to the modern parishioner. Enter: the church logo.
There are as many ways to approach logo design as there are to approach your faith. It’s hard to even say one logo is “better” than another. As long as it conveys the message of your congregation, then it’s the right logo for you.
That being said, here are some of our favorite church logos, which just might inspire you, as well.
Traditional cross logos
The cross is, of course, one of the oldest symbols of Christianity. It’s kinda what separates Jesus from just a really nice dude. As this symbol is a central tenet of the faith, using the cross in your logo positions your church as a classic house of worship, with traditional values.
Stylized cross logos
Of course, the cross is also a wholly depressing symbol, being an instrument of torture and all. That’s why some churches try to find a to incorporate a more cheery outlook on the execution of the founder of their faith. One way to do that is to create more colorful, abstract interpretation of the cross, to deemphasize its original purpose. This can be a good way to link a less-traditional congregation with a classic symbol.
Another method is to incorporate the cross into a broader design scheme, as with the following logos. Notice that these are not so much a Where’s Waldo game with the cross in place of Waldo; it’s more that the cross is part of the the larger mission.
Fire, no brimstone
Acts of the Apostles describes the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles as “tongues as of fire;” after which, they begin preaching to all the nations in every language. It’s exactly the sort of story a preacher would enjoy and aspire to. Thus, the proliferation of fire motifs in church logos. This fire imagery is great for any church—or church related group—who is focused on sharing the word of god. It can be interpreted in various ways: from playful and modern for a youth group, to elegant and traditional, like the Methodist Church logo.
The good book
Readings from the bible are at the core of most Christian services. Incorporating a book into your church’s logo is a strong yet subtle way to assure your congregation that this church is firmly rooted in scripture.
Light of the world
“The light of the world” is a phrase that comes up more than once in the Gospels. At different times, Jesus says both, “I am the light of the World” and “You are the light of the world.” It makes sense to incorporate this into your logo, as both Christ and the church can help “light the way” for congregants.
Animals & nature
Animal symbolism has long been a part of Christianity. Jesus refers to his followers as his “flock.” The Bible often uses a dove to symbolize the Holy Spirit. And Christians utilized the ichthys as a secret symbol as far back as the 2nd century, well before it was a glorified bumper sticker.
Beyond the specific symbolism above, you may create a welcoming atmosphere by evoking nature. After all, “God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good,” so why shouldn’t you?
Abstract church logos
Sometimes, you don’t need to go with the obvious symbolism. After all, there’s likely going to be plenty of crosses and candles around your church, anyway. That’s when it’s a good idea to find a logo that’s evocative of religious life, while not being quite so on-the-nose about it. Abstract logos can also give your church a more modern feel.
Let the Spirit guide you
Choosing a logo for your church can be intimidating. It’s the first thing many people will see on social media, your website, even the banners outside the church itself. But if you take a quiet moment to reflect on the kind of first impression you wish to make, you’ll find the right logo will speak to you.
1. You know, the “Jesus fish” people put on the backs of their cars? Fun fact: it’s actually an acronym in Greek for “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” Early Christians needed to proclaim their faith surreptitiously, to avoid persecution by the Romans, which was less fun.↩