the weirdest (free, downloadable) church pledge card you might have ever seen

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

eikon pledge card

the weirdest (free, downloadable) church pledge card you might have ever seen

we have a beautifully strange little group of people at eikon church. (i tell them this often.) we certainly embrace our quirkiness and a couple nights ago at our weekly gathering, i was able to express that uniqueness in an unexpected and fun way.

sunday night we shared the news that, after literally several years of looking for the right fit, we’ve found a building that will serve as a new home base for our church (more about this in length very soon on this blog as well as the eikon blog). leading up to the announcement, a few of us leaders were working through ways to challenge and encourage our people to help support the new direction of the church financially.

quite frankly, talk of money in the church sorta creeps me out and makes me uncomfortable. i know far too many pastors (especially church planters) that are little more than glorified snake oil salesman fundraisers and i never want eikon to be a place where people get the sense that we’re more concerned about their checkbooks than we are their friendship.

with that said…

there was just a pragmatic need to have a frank discussion about our church’s finances. we gotta pay rent. we gotta turn the lights on. more importantly, though, we gotta feed people. and meet needs. and be jesus in very tangible ways. it costs cash money. and we simply don’t have much of it.

so we needed a pragmatic and tangible way for people to make financial commitments.

enter the old school, i-swore-i’d-never-do-it pledge cards.

oh yes.

so, i needed to whip something up in terms of design, but i was just getting depressed while looking online at some of the most lame, churchy pledge card templates known to man (seriously, just google it).

after little luck and design-suicide thoughts, i decided to, once again, embrace our uniqueness and inject some lightheartedness into an otherwise uncomfortable (and not-so-exciting) discussion about money. in the end, i was really pleased from a design standpoint. here’s what i came up with (click to see full size version).

i don’t, by any means, think this is the apex of design or something i’m gonna send in to the national design awards, but it’s fun and an alternative to stuffy pledge cards. also, i don’t think these (obviously) would work for every church, but certainly, someone could repurpose them with their logo and their church information.

so, i’m including the live files (indesign file with fonts & links) for your downloading pleasure. if you can use them, that’s awesome. let me know if/how you use them. i’d love to see them and hear about it.

// click to download the .zip //

6 Comments

  1. Ashley Evans says:

    Love the card. How did it go over?

    • ryan says:

      hey ashley, these went over great. people appreciated the levity and it resulted in our biggest spike in giving we’d ever had.

  2. Chris says:

    Hey Ryan,
    I also love this template and being that I don’t have InDesign I was wondering if there would be a way to get this in a Publisher or Illustrator format? I, like you have been scouring the internet but also don’t think I have the skills to make a cool looking one myself.

    • ryan says:

      hey chris,

      thanks for commenting. glad you like them. unfortunately, there’s no easy way to convert from indesign to either publisher or illustrator. within the zipped file is a pdf, which can be opened in illustrator. it would be pretty tedious to edit it, but it can certainly be done.

      sorry i can’t help any more.

    • If you have adobe photoshop.. I just copied and saved it as a jped.. used the Clone tool to cover the text I needed to Change, and use the dropper to get the exact color used in other text, and added the text I needed. That might work for you.

  3. Thanks for the fun design for a pledge card. I am about to return back to India at the end of this month, and my pastor asked me to make a pledge card to help raise support for what I am doing over there. I am glad when I googled make a pledge card yours came up, and I LOVED how down to earth it was! Can’t wait to use it!! This is exactly what I needed. I know how long it can take to design things like this so Thank you so much. Speaking an increase of blessings over your Ministry, Lord give them a 1000 fold of what I receive from using his great work. Thank you again
    Kyana

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