Church News Bulletin Redesign Case Study

Church Bulletin Redesign scores a “win” for the weekly news bulletin! 

A subscriber in Texas asked for new ideas for her church’s weekly bulletin. Because “The Champions Spirit” is packed with information, it basically serves as a mini-newsletter each Sunday.

The Nameplate

To update the bulletin’s look, our designer first energized the nameplate. With an enlarged space, bright colors, less clutter and implied movement (thanks to a background design and the name repeated in white cursive font), the bulletin now has a vibrant, clear identity that grabs readers’ attention.

Church Bulletin Nameplate Original
The Original Nameplate
Church Bulletin Nameplate Remake
The Nameplate Remake

The Interior Page Update

In addition to creating a new nameplate for page one, we redesigned interior pages to reduce the use of boxes and heavy black rule lines.

Church Bulletin Page Update Before
Before
Church Bulletin Page Update After
After

Adding color, shading and a few thinner rule lines keeps the news items separated while opening up the pages. A less-boxy appearance is more inviting to readers and encourages them to read all the material.

New, Modern-Looking Fonts and Typography

Another improvement is the use of more modern-looking fonts.
Instead of relying heavily on Times New Roman, the redesign features sans serif fonts such as Pangram for the majority of text and Trajan in a few spots. Mohave is in the nameplate, as well as in-text running up the side of the inside pages.

Note that the Word template we provide, in order to be editable, uses fonts that come with Word (Arial, Tahoma, Verdana). Fonts used in the redesign are available at various websites, often for free.

Church Bulletin New Fonts
New Fonts

Other modern, easy-to-read fonts we recommend include Raleway, Avenir and Bebas Neue (all sans serif). Modern-looking serif options include Legacy, Questa, and Berkeley.

Black And White Option for Easy Printing

Although the bulletin redesign featured in this post is shown in color, it also looks great in black and white. If you can’t print in color, you still can make improvements to your church publications.

For the black-and-white version of this redesigned bulletin, we made all the text black. (That’s usually best, unless there’s a good reason for some to be gray.) An exception is in the nameplate, where white and gray display fonts simulate color. The yellow and blue boxes from the color version of the template are now rendered in shades of gray.

Church Bulletin Black And White Example
Black And White Version

Clip-art can be shown as either black-and-white line art or grayscale, depending on the desired effect. Art can also be white on a gray background, such as in the Family Matters box. Experiment a bit to see what looks best.

Free Church Bulletin Template Download

Microsoft Word and Publisher templates for this redesigned publication are available for you to download and use. The download below includes the color and black and white template files:
Download WORD template
Download PUBLISHER template

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