In my job as executive Presbyter, I spend quite a bit of time traveling around the presbytery as I visit and work with our pastors and congregations. In these travels in central and southern Ohio, I pass many churches of every size, shape, design and denomination, maybe hundreds of them every month. And, most church buildings have some sort of sign in front of their building. Some are old wooden signs…some are new electronic signs…some change messages regularly…some never change. I don’t know about you, but I always notice church signs. The signs catch my eye more than the building does. Recently I noticed the church sign on a Catholic Church in Delaware County. I regularly drive by this church, and the sign changes often. That day the sign said: “Come on In…God has been waiting for you.” That inviting, welcoming message would make me want to go into that church, especially if it was Presbyterian. In any event, I wondered…could our church signs be an easy way for us to evangelize? Could messages on our church signs be a rather simple way to invite passers-by into our welcoming, friendly church families?
–Jeannie Harsh, Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Scioto Valley