THE SIGN MINISTRY
By Ken Blue
Pastor Al Hughes shared with me this week the sign ministry they have instituted in their church. The results have been rewarding, with new visitors each Sunday. Sign ministry is not new by any means, but its introduction as part of Bible Baptist Church, Port Orchard, WA. is new to their church.
Pastor Hughes tells me he would recommend the sign ministry to every church, and that his own people have eagerly participated in it. He assures me every church could have and should have a sign ministry, if they want the un-churched to attend.
If one wishes to institute a sign ministry to reach the lost, the following steps must be followed.
1. The pastor must understand its purpose and how it is to work
2. He must sell the idea to his congregation and get as many people involved as possible.
3. Professional signs must be first class and be ready for those who participate.
4. These signs must convey the message you are trying to communicate. Examples used by Bible Baptist: (“You’ve Got a Friend at Bible Baptist” – “Bible Baptist is a Church With a ”). Wording on signs should be brief and non-offensive.
5. Someone must take the leadership and must decide when, who and where the signs will be displayed.
6. Those who hold the signs are instructed that they need not say anything to anyone unless spoken to.
7. Pick a well traveled intersection near the church and station as many people at each corner as possible. The more people at one intersection the more attention you will attract to read your signs.
I have seen other churches that also have a sign ministry. But, you could not be sure what the purpose was or what church was represented, even if you wanted to attend. This is like fishing without a hook on the line.
If you want people to come to church as a result of the sign ministry, they must know where to attend and how to contact you. As far as the public is concerned, you may be a cult or a nut. Pastor Hughes has a sign ministry that can be measured as to its effectiveness. Why not learn from him. http://www.biblebaptistportorchard.com/
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.