3 Kinds of Portable Church Signage You Need To Secure Before Launching
September 20, 2022

Provide excellent direction for your people when you learn the importance of portable church signage.

Signs are often taken for granted, even though they are the backbone of ensuring the efficient movement of people. We depend on signs to help us navigate through grocery stores, on the road, and in buildings that we are unfamiliar with. Your portable church needs signs, that’s for sure. 

It’s a good idea to secure your signage before launching because effective signs will help you host an impactful launch day. Launch days are busy and as a new church, you may not have enough people to help direct newcomers. Overcome this potential stress by securing signs before you launch.

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Portable Church Industries’ test is to ask church planters to consider a shy, introverted mother who might be attending alone with three small children. Can she get to kid registration, coffee, and worship without having to talk to anyone?

This may surprise you, but remaining “solo” is what a lot of people prefer, especially for the first few times they attend. Of course, this is an extreme example but if this hypothetical person can navigate to these important places, then you’re on the right track. 

Here’s a list of portable church signs you should have. We’ve based this advice on 3 critical categories and from our extensive experience in working with thousands of churches.

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1. Menu 

Provide excellent direction for your people when you learn the importance of portable church signage.

Menu signs are great at-a-glance signs that provide a big picture. For instance, at the entrance, an attendee should be able to see in which direction the Worship Center is and where the Children’s Ministry area is, too. 

Menus should include

  • Worship
  • Children’s Sign-In
  • Coffee
  • First-Time Visitors

And then other main areas that may apply, like College Ministry, etc. 

Menu signs don’t need to be too big and churches usually use pullup banners for them. They’re simply signs that tell someone which direction they need to walk in to get to where they want to go. 

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2. Wayfinding: Portable church signage that uses arrows

Provide excellent direction for your people when you learn the importance of portable church signage.

Wayfinding signs direct with arrows and is a more definitive guide for your people. These are generally signs that are seen from any point in your church. 

These signs are really important because they not only effectively direct people to key church areas but also signify where to go in an emergency. Think about signs that show the way to an exit or gathering point. 

Pro-tip for portable church signage:

Get your wayfinding signs professionally printed without arrows, but rather a blank space where the arrow is meant to be. Use velcro and attach professionally printed arrows in the right direction. This gives flexibility and saves you time and money for if/when areas move. 

3. Destination

Provide excellent direction for your people when you learn the importance of portable church signage.

Destination signs can range from signage on the curb that announces your church’s presence nearby, to parking lot signs, to door signage designating the class held in that room. 

Destination signs are usually very easy to read, without too many words. Make sure these are very direct and placed in an accurate location because they’re usually the last sign that someone follows before reaching their destination. You don’t want to place these in a slight off-the-mark location, which may lead to confusion.

PCI Pro Tip: Get your wayfinding signs professionally printed without arrows, but rather a blank space where the arrow is meant to be. Use velcro and attach pro-printed arrows in the right direction. This gives flexibility and saves… Click To Tweet

ALL-ROUND PORTABLE CHURCH SIGNAGE

Each sign should be specifically designed to suit its purpose. Many portable church signage solutions are versatile and can even fulfill the criteria of all types cited above. 

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