Is it Hard Being a Christian Graphic Designer?

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I was emailed by another Christian Graphic Designer, like myself. I’ll keep his name anonymous for privacy reasons, but this post shows a large part of the email he sent to me. Below, I’ve attempted to answer his questions about regarding his concerns of Christians in the design field. I’m showing this so that other designers can benefit from further discussions that may pursue. Here goes:

The Email and my Reply…

Email: Hello, I am also a Christian graphic designer/ illustrator. I’ve been freelancing for my church- making flyers, a tract, logo designs for their youth and young adult ministries. Although, I am grateful for the opportunities they have given me. However, I’ve been finding it very difficult to find paying graphic design jobs. I’m a recent graduate, but it seems that I’m getting nowhere with my chosen career. I too had made the decision to put God first in my career, even made my logo to symbolize that Jesus comes first.

To be honest with you I thought I was the only one. I haven’t come across a graphic designer who put Jesus all over their work, until I came across your website. So I just wanted to ask you, do you design exclusively for Christians? When did you decide to put God first in your portfolio? Have you been finding it difficult to be a Christian graphic designer as opposed to just following the crowd?

Reply: I don’t exclusively for Christians because to be honest, I don’t think the market is big enough to sustain to income of a freelance designer in general. I’m sure this is possible with the right connections, and especially if a Christian designer had large repeat-clients. But in my opinion, much of the “Christian work” actually goes out to non-Christian designers. Indeed, I have seen this happen online. I reckon the amount of Christians who seek a Christian designer is relatively small; this is the way things go. After all, Christian clients want great work and reasonable prices, so you cant blame them for using ‘secular freelances’ and companies in one respect. However, I really do think that Churches should use Christian designers.

I’m glad you you have decided to put God first regarding your design skills, however, at the moment you’re still in the same boat as all new graduates. Most students find it hard to get work straight out of Uni/College, so don’t get too discouraged. To get paid design jobs you’re going to have to work at it like everyone else. It’s not a Christian verses non-Christian issue. My advice is set up a blog and post regular content which will attract clients. In one sense, you’ll be at a disadvantage marketing yourself as a Christian designer, but in another sense, you’ll be in an advantageous situation as well, as Christian clients should be able to find you easier.

Email: The reason I ask, is because lately I’ve been doubting whether I made the right choice to put Jesus first in my work. I never really set out to be a graphic designer exclusively for Christians, I guess I just wanted to be able to put Him first in my work because that was what I believed He wanted me to do. I guess I wanted to please God, but it has been a struggle. Especially when I see others who don’t put God first, they are succeeding, and I’m not. Thank you for standing out of the crowd, and thank you for taking the time to read this. God bless.

I always wanted to use my skills for the LORD Jesus Christ, and initially I set out to only design for Christians. I had a previous site that was a total failure, and I never got any work. I had a re-think and prayed about the situation, and eventually (about 4 years ago) decided to split my ”online presence’ into 2 main separate sites. I now run this blog for mainly Christian work, and my other site, Andrew Kelsall Design which is aimed at general clientele, which includes Christians.

So, to conclude, is it hard being a Christian Graphic Designer? Yes and no. Yes, it’s hard in respect to people not hiring you because you’re a Christian, but then again─are these people the type of clients you want anyway? No. In another respect, setting yourself apart as a Christian designer should make you much easier to be located by Churches and other Christian organisations who want your services.

The main thing is this. If it’s God’s will that you pursue Christian design, that’s the main thing to consider. As with all things, the key is relationship with Jesus and understanding His will for you life.

Any questions or comments? Please leave them below…

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37 thoughts on “Is it Hard Being a Christian Graphic Designer?”

  1. Mark
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    Some great points in there! I think it’s also worth appreciating the culture we work in. If you”re in the western world there is growing pressure to separate state and religion and this is driven by the corporate world. People just don’t like to think that someone is making decisions based on what they to be the equivalent of the flying unicorn in the sky.

    We shouldn’t by any means have to hide our faith but I think there are times where we need to be sensitive to the people around us. Is the way we are expressing our faith going to help bring those in to the kingdom or flat out turn them off and label us and the rest of the church as raving looneys? Parts of the church have a history of doing just this and because of those negative connotations we need to be careful.

    Again I’m not talking about martyrdom. Some people will feel that they need to fly the flag in everything they do and if that’s their call then I will not stop them or suggest they stop. What I will say is that we are in the world but not of the world and because of this we need to be sensitive about how our actions are perceived.

    The other thing I was going to say was about being wary of creating a tight christian bubble around yourself. It’s something I am very aware of. I am freelance and I work out of my church building. My wife works for our church and its all very insular. Coupled with that the majority of my work is charity or christian so I tend to find that it can be so insular. The only times I really see non-christians is with secular work and seeing friends.

    If we are about fulfilling the Madadte Jesus left us then you could argue that we should mix in non-christian circles more than we mix in christian ones. When we work in a christian environment we need to make more of an effort to do so.

    My advise to the emailer would be to widen his field. Firstly to make sure he has a wider scope of relationships then just christian ones. Secondly because having to narrow a field of business opportunities doesn’t make sense especially if you are relatively new to the game. Thirdly. In doing everything for Jesus, ask the question. Am I portraying Jesus well in my work or am I being religious.

  2. Andrew Kelsall
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    Aubrey → Yes, I love that verse. I suppose that we Christians in the western world face a very mild form of persecucion at this time, though (compared to Christians in other cultures and countries, who even face death for their faith in Jesus).

    Our persecucion mostly comes in the form of being ignored, with the odd hostile comment, etc. Thanks for commenting…

    Mark → I agree with the points you have made here, too. I suppose it all boils down to how “overtly-Christian” you want to be when working in a non-Christian environment. In your situation, working in church, I can see how your situation is different, though.

    On my ‘secular’ blog, Andrew Kelsall Design, I don’t place a massive graphic on saying “Hay, I’m a Christian”, but anyone who reads my bio will see that I am, and also my social media bio’s too. I always liked the way that the Christian band “Delirious?” marketed themselves. They never typed “Christian” on the album covers, but it was evident in their lyrics that they were saved. They showed us all that it can be beneficial not to ‘put people off’ by labeling yourself as Christian before people get the chance to dig deeper into your music, skill or trade. Thanks for your contribution, and keep up the good work.

  3. Brian Lucas
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    As a Christian who got into design by creating my own Christian clothing line, I can relate to this conversation, although I have had a longer journey to the spot this guy is at. I made shirts, and a bunch of people wanted them. Eventually, I started a clothing line. This led to other people wanting designs from me, and not all of them were Christians. This built over time into a design business where I was mostly working for secular clients. I never compromised my beliefs or designed things I couldn’t show my pastor or my wife, but it wasn’t exclusively “for the kingdom”. I place a healthy mix of church work and secular work on my blog and portfolio. I definitely don’t hide it, but I am not promoting myself as an exclusively Christian designer, either.

    I love doing Christian work, but ministries and churches don’t usually have large budgets. I donate work when I can and feel like I want to support the cause/ministry. But often I find that there are opportunities to minister in greater ways with secular jobs. I love the experience of doing great work for a client and having them realize I love Jesus and credit Him with my talent. It’s like when I was a youth pastor, and people would meet me, then say, “whoa, you’re a pastor?!?” Because I didn’t fit their picture of a pastor (not a dork, no collar, and I don’t hit them with my Bible…).

    I am trying to promote more to ministries lately, but knowing their limited funding situations, and my family’s need to eat, I don’t pursue those as often.

    I think being in the world, working for the world, and being salt and light leaves us a lot of room to create amazing work and give credit to Jesus when given opportunities. We can work with worldly people and be the most honest, loving, transparent, Godly people they have worked with. We can be faithful and have integrity that speaks of a higher calling than just making money. And we can honor our Creator by being creative in His image.

    That’s my 2cents.

  4. Andrew Kelsall
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    Brian → I can totally relate to what you say regarding “opportunities to minister in greater ways with secular jobs”. I think you hit the nail on the head there.

    We could argue the case that we should only design for Christians and Christian organisations─and therefor honour God by using our God-given skills only for Him. However, and like you suggest, letting our light shine when working with secular clients (and even clients of ‘other religions’) can could equally, or maybe even surpass, our impact in regards to spreading the Gospel message, etc.

    Thanks for your valued comment, and keep up the good work Brian!

  5. Emily
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    This is a really interesting conversation! This is something I’m always thinking about, almost on a daily basis. The person who sent in the email wondered if they made a mistake putting Jesus first in their work. The truth is that Jesus’ Name has power in it … so when you put His Name prominently on your blog or website, its going to turn some people away.

    For me … I want to serve Jesus, but I also want to make a living as a creative. I don’t want to hide that I’m a Christian, but I also don’t want to alienate or offend potential clients. I want to share my faith, but I also want to be professional. I think social media makes it tricky to keep that balance.

    I read an article/blog post a while back on a similar topic (doing strictly Christian design, or not) that talked about making a decision which direction you’re going to go. So if you want to serve churches and ministries, then make that your focus but realize you’re (probably) not going to make a whole lot of money.

  6. Maida
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    In my opinion based on my life epexrience and what I have read, I believe that it is best if we are trying to feel connected to God to not listen to any negative music because to feel God is to feel strong joy and happiness because we see that everything is as it should be. By listening to positive, uplifting music we begin to feel grounded and free at the same time. However, I also believe that the reason we are on Earth is to learn important lesson while in our limited human form. Jesus told Betty J Eadie in her bestselling book Saved by the Light that we cannot know joy until we have known sorrow. Therefore break ups and other negative epexriences are part of the human epexrience and will help us learn life lessons and ultimatly come closer to nirvana ( a budhist concept however budhism is not about god it is just about perfecting one’s spirituality and allows its members to be any religion simultaneously) as we learn and do God’s work on earth. In conclusion, if you want to feel closer to God at the moment, don’t listen to it, but if you feel drawn to it then it is likely because you need to feel the emotions portrayed in the song in order to learn something, probably not right now, but perhaps later. For example maybe you feel really depressed about break ups and relationships for several years and then maybe you have a spiritual epiphany later on the topic.

  7. Andrew Kelsall
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    Emily → Yeah, the fact that we’re not going to make a whole lot of money from it is more of a reason to work for secular clients as well. I cringe at the thought of doing as much Christian design work as possible just to pay the bills. Having these bills to pay is a reality, but we need to place our focus onto Jesus, not taking on as many [lower paying] Christian jobs just to make ends meet (not all Christian jobs are lower-paying, but many clients are from Churches, etc, with limited funds and the money thats available is from offerings).

    I actually prefer it when I have some steady, ‘okay paying’ secular job when I have smaller lower-paying Christian jobs to work on at the same time. This way, I can take my time with the Christian job and make sure my heart is in the right place whilst working on it. Thanks for your contribution.

    Maida → I don’t take any notice of budhist concepts, but the Holy Bible, the ONLY true source of spiritual guidance does clearly speak of how trials and tribulations can strengthen people whose trust is in the Lord. Thanks for commenting.

    For more on budhist beliefs, please check out: What is Buddhism and what do Buddhists believe?.

  8. Kristy Henry
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    As a Christian and designer, who has recently switched from non-profit Christian ministry design—I have to say that the one thing I have missed most is design with purpose and passion.

    I went from designing for orphan care, Christian universities and more to designing for the everyday corporate client at an ad agency. This was a move that clearly God wanted me to make.

    But, with that being said, you can honor God with your skills in a primarily secular design world. I totally 100% know how you feel. And struggle with it frequently. But unfortunately, there just isn’t a large enough market for freelancers to primarily focus on the Christian market. …. Typically =)

  9. Arek
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    I think some things come down to your own parsonel conviction level.For example, I have never been drunk nor intend to. I have no problem being around others that drink, because I am not tempted. On the other hand, should a recovering alcoholic put himself in that situation?If you have peace about listening to it, then by all means, listen to it. Just don’t try to push it off on someone else. I listen to only Christian music, my fiancee listens to some secular, but I have no right to tell her what she should and should not listen to it. I look at is as, as long as it glorifies God, I want to listen to it.

  10. Josh
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    Great article Andrew,
    I believe G-d blesses someone that chooses to place Him first in his life. G-d has a funny way of providing. He can give us a wonderful opportunity with a Charity which will pay for lunch, or a less-than-exciting opportunity with a big company that will pay rent for the next six months. I have found the best balance is to find godly people that work in the big business world. My advice: Just be open to G-d’s direction and let Him open doors no one can open, and close doors no one can close.
    G-d bless!

  11. Jessica
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    I’m a Christian graphic designer. I try to put Christ first and I mostly design Christian themed shirts, posters, skateboards, etc on Zazzle. At other points however I freelance for anybody on Craigslist, but have committed myself to not doing any graphics work that I feel goes against God’s wishes or my faith in the Bible. For instance, I won’t do any sort of graphics work that has nudity in it, although people have tried to hire me to do that.

    Thanks for the article.

  12. Justin
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    I am a christian artist/ graphic artist, and I think it is awesome to put GOD first in our work. I try to as much as posible. Just trust that the LORD will provide your every need and don’t doubt it. GOD takes pleasure in us prospering. He will help us through our hard times. All you have to do is let him and trust HE will. The bible says so. GOD bless you all

  13. Andrew Kelsall
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    Josh → Thanks for your kind words…

    Jessica → I totally agree. I turned down some advertising with one of my sites that linked to nudity only last week.

    Justin → Amen to that!

    Thanks “the 3 J’s” for commenting!

  14. aaron
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    Interesting article. I think I conceded early on that as a Christian artist, it would be impossible to have only Christian clients. As long as I was hired to do a job for a company I respected and I handled everything on my end with honesty and integrity I was doing the right and good thing.The biggest struggle I have now as a Christian designer is, with the exception of projects that fall under the umbrella of spreading the Gospel, graphic design/advertising is a career based on convincing humans to buy and acquire more stuff. Whether it’s sneakers, cars, smart phones, tires, toys, landscaping or furniture, a graphic designer’s job is to convince people that they aren’t content with what they have. Their job is to poke and prod people away from the idea of contentment. To visually “talk them into” buying more and more stuff. Over the last couple years this thought has bothered me more and more. Honestly, I’m tired of being on the wrong side of my convictions. Look around. People have enough stuff. They don’t need more stuff. But my job is to convince them to buy it anyway.

    These days I’m exploring ways to drop out of advertising altogether. Find a non-advertising related job and simply design for churches or Christian non-profit organizations on a volunteer basis. I dunno.. I guess we’ll see what happens.

  15. Mike Wood
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    Hi Andrew,
    I am from London Ontario, and stumbled across this article… gee and I thought I was the only one! ha… About 2 years ago I decided to commit much of my time as a graphic designer/artist to work exclusively on Christian posters that were in some ways different from what I’ve seen elsewhere. Buying Christian based posters for my kids growing up seem very limited to what was available hence; my intent of designing something different. Well to my surprise I was shocked to experience that I seem to get more critique from your “religious-traditionalists” than secular people. But that left me with a problem, which is very evident in many of our churches today I feel; One – many Christians don’t want to dig to deep into Biblical truths because of their comfort zones, heck many don’t even bring Bibles to church! Two, secular people don’t necessarily buy Christian art. So recently I’ve decided to venture out into the wonderful world of secular anti-Bible believing people to rummage up free-lance work. Thanks for this encouraging article!

  16. Andrew Kelsall
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    Aaron → Thanks for your comment, and accept my apologies for my late reply. I can see where you’re coming from on that angle. I always steered away from secular advertising for this very reason, although for me, it would depend what I was advertising on a regular basis. I wouldn’t be happy working as a secular ad person, though, and I definitely wouldn’t do any ads featuring lust and sex.

    I hope you found your way…

    Mike → Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I think that you can still be a great Christian influence even if working for secular clients, and I agree that a mixture of Christian and secular clients can work well. I also pray over every job I take on, too.

    Don’t forget, many people in the western world don’t bring Bibles to church, as many people (ahem…including me) have the Bible on our phones, etc. You can actually flip to verses much faster and read many translations in one place. Sign of the times… 🙂

  17. Mike Wood
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    Hi Andrew… thanks for the response. Yes, your right, I’m just starting to experience mixing Christian and secular work, so it’s all new to me. One of my clients told me to completely separate the two… we’ll see, for now I have them combined.
    As for the comment about many Christians not bringing Bibles to church, well let me be specific; last week my pastor commented with a chuckle that he does all the reading and studying of God’s Word so we don’t have to! Hmmm… kind of sad really, but it seems to be evident in many of our churches today, with or without iPhones. This may not be the platform to discuss this, however we are all accountable before our Lord Jesus Christ in our daily pursuit and walk with Him. May the Lord gain us all!

  18. Richard Guerra
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    Really nice to read some insperation about how I feel.
    I came across this page looking for a Christian Graphic Designer
    for a project of mine.I have over 20 years screen printing expierence
    and would now like to Print for the Lord.
    Richard
    4040sackcloth.com

  19. Julie Vaux
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    As an artist and designer who also holds Christian beliefs I I find it more troubling that I get secular people and so called friends who refuse to share or mention my non religious works cos some of my works have religious spiritual themes.

    However I also find it troubling when I get fellow beleivers who refuse to support my religious or secular designs cos I am NOT a fundie / pentecostal /evangelical and they think educated moderates are NOT REAL “christians” cos they paid attention in biology class and I also refuse to support homophobia.

    I can and do read and study the Bible in English Greek Latin and NT but I’m NOT a real Christian in their eyes?

    You can view my secular and spiritual works at

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/scholara/art

    and at

    http://www.cafepress.com/voxyvisions

    I have a lovely and ecumenical in the best sense of that word easter design I wish more people would look at

  20. Tori
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    I also notice it’s difficult to find a Christian Design position. I am a freelance / telecommute and need to work from home. If anyone has a position or a need for a designer, let me know ASAP.
    I prefer to work for a church or Christian organization, company because I am all about promoting ‘The work of the Kingdom’ but am not limited to these.
    Please let me know ASAP of any openings.
    Thanks.
    Tori

  21. Joshua Carmichael
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    One big thing to know is that “He has plans to PROSPER you and not to harm you”. Is it hard to make money sometimes as a christian designer? Of course it is. Just as it is equally hard for a secular designer. The biggest difference is that our help comes from the lord. Depressions/economic declines/dry spells will always come but as Christians we can boldly stand at those times and say my source is not of this world. If we believe that His plan is to prosper us then we don’t have to worry about Christian v Non Christian clients. He will bring the work and in doing so will ALWAYS bring glory to His name!

  22. Tara
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    So glad to find this post. And Andrew, your design rocks. I am a Christian PR professional and also do some design. My husband is a pastor and we are usually surrounded by Christians as well. I do some work for the church, but I also have the opportunity to work with secular businesses. I don’t do anything for businesses that would compromise my Christian witness or have opposing values, but I do think working for businesses that are not specifically Christian gives me a great opportunity to be a witness – both outwardly whenever I have the opportunity, but also with my work ethic. They know I’m a Christian and I model it by never missing deadlines, by not getting involved in workplace gossip and by using every opportunity to share the Word. But it seems that there is such a void of Christians in our industry, at least professional ones. Is there any organization or alliance of Christian designers and advertising professionals, where I might be able to connect with others who have the same obvious skill level as Andrew? I sometimes have need of hiring out or sending overflow or just someone to brainstorm with, but it seems like all the accomplished, professional, skilled designers and advertising professionals these days are godless and liberal. It would be great if we had a place we could all stick together. Thanks.

  23. Andrew Kelsall
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    Thanks for your comment…

  24. Andrew Kelsall
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    Thanks for your comment. I good place to find other Christian creatives in on LinkedIn, Behance and even Twitter I reckon 🙂

  25. Ruben Nunez
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    Interesting Article Andrew.

    I definitely find it admirable that the designer you corresponded with wants to dedicate his talent/passion/skill to doing Gods’ work.

    I’m definitely proof that thats possible. I’ve been a full time designer for about 9 years, with about 90% of my work being for ministries and christian organizations. I make a comfortable living at it and its definitely a blessing and a joy to do work that I love and that serves a higher purpose.

    I did not start by doing christian graphic design and web development. I started by putting in the time learning as much as possible, visiting local businesses, working long hours, pouring over books, online tutorials, videos, etc… This helped me develop sales skills, social/conversational skills, as well as business acumen as well as strong design skills. It was difficult but crucially important work that laid the foundation for my business.

    As I did that, I would also do pro bono work for local churches and orgs. Its this pro bono work that started attracting christian clients to my work. I truly feel that the Lord blessed me because I was blessing ministries that way, and also because I was putting myself in settings and situations where that kind of work would be seen, sought after, and appreciated.

    I also feel that my commitment to doing quality work and having excellent customer support has lead to tons of referral clients.

    So based on my own experience, my advice to the designer is the following:

    1. The Lord rewards hard work. Put in the time. Don’t expect God to just hand you a posh design gig at a high paying mega church. You need to work hard and prove yourself.

    2. Be generous. Don’t be afraid of pro bono work. This is not the same as spec work. Find ministries that can greatly benefit from your work and donate a limited amount of design time.

    3. Learn your craft. Get really good at design. Make people take notice with the quality of your work. Make sure your work is excellent in every respect of the word. Don’t cut corners. Strive to create portfolio quality work. You never know, but it might be that cool (pro bono) youth ministry logo that catches a large churches’ attention and be the catalyst for hiring you for their $10,000 media project.

    4. Develop your people and business skills. Learn time management, how to price yourself, how to relate to others, how to take critic well and how to manage client’s expectations. So much about our work is not about design.

    There’s a lot I’m probably leaving out, but there things are definitely a good starting point for a new designer just getting their feet wet.

  26. Andrew Kelsall
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    Hi Ruben,

    Thanks for your valuable advice. It’s filled with a lot of Godly Wisdom!

    I’ve had your site bookmarked for a couple of years now, and have tweeted out your posts a few times — so keep up the good work!

    It’s good to make this connection with you. I’m sure we’ll correspond at some point in the future regarding some more design issues, etc…

  27. Robert
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    *I’m sorry if this is a bit of a rant, I don’t want to mis-communicate the idea that churches are bad or anything like that.*

    The sleaziest person I have ever worked for had two main clientele at his print shop, real-estate agents and churches. This man would proudly and publicly proclaim how he’d print “how to kill Jews” flyers for Hitler if he was a paying customer, needless to say I didn’t stay there long. It continually amazes me how political churchs are and how much they consciously decide not to support Christian business. A perfect example is the print shop I mentioned, we had a competitor that was a member of their congregation who had a print shop the same size as us, he had even offered a discounted rate as a service to the church, but they chose to pay more to the print shop i worked for because in their words “if there ever was a mistake with the printing we wouldn’t want to loose him as a member of our congregation”. My employer ridiculed and mocked that business owner to no-end over this. While I can understand the churches view point, that doesn’t make the decision any less absurd and horrendously overly PC. over the last few years i’ve become aware of the amount of politic-ing that goes on in Churches and it is disappointing to say it lightly. Hopefully your experiences are different … this isn’t by everyone, but it continually amazes me how many Christians look at christian business as bad, and how much the Church goes out of its way to use non-Christian businesses and discourages Christian to Christian business.

    Maybe Christian to Christian business has ripped churches apart before, but if you look at “the Shepherds guide” Christian phone book in Vancouver Canada its the size of a post card and maybe 75 pages long. The east Indian business phone book is the same size as a fat old school yellow pages from the early 90s … and they have more than one! I cant think of any other group of people that discourages business within their community as much as Christians do. Jesus threw the money changers and merchants out of the church, but the bible is full of entrepreneurs … Jesus’s was a carpenter and I’d bet he was self-employed.

  28. Barabasi Istvan
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    Brothers,we should not forget that that the Apostle Paul, his been working for the Roman Army,making tents.And the Roman Army was very pagan in that period until the conversion of Constantine.
    And he said that he lived like a Greek to win the Greek.
    And also when he preached to the Athenians, at the and of the sermon they realized that he is a Christian.
    If we have the light in us, it will show our works without any effort.
    God Bless
    Steven

  29. Andrew Kelsall
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    Hi Robert, apologies for the delay in replying to you comment. I agree that politics should be kept out of the Church, for the most part, that is. My understanding of Jesus throwing the money changers out of the temple is that they were ripping people off. They needed to be there for the supply of sacrificial animals, etc, but over time they become greedy and were “robbers”. Correct me if I’m wrong! Anyway, it’s sad to hear about the print shop situation, but many Christians also do business just find. We need to all be filled with the Holy Spirit…

  30. Jonathan Coffin
     · 

    Steven is right! Thank you.

    I’m currently looking for position that will enable me to teach or help a (Christian) overseas company in graphic design. I feel like we have so much here in Cali. So far all I know is that I’m called to serve. Just not sure where yet.

    -Jonathan

  31. Sara
     · 

    Just as God gives us the gifts to design ad materials, he gives those who need advertising gifts as well. Gifts to make beautiful cars, toys, furniture…. many product designs are inspired by God and we should respect that. Each day I try to read His word before I start working. Each day I pray that he enhance my talents to help others in order to glorify Him. We all face moral dilemmas in this business, but no matter what choices we may make, God understands our limited reasoning in making them. And He is a merciful and forgiving God. I’ve been designing for nearly 30 years… since before digital and I’m still creating fresh stuff… because it pleases God.

    From Ecclesiasticus / Sirach – 38: 27
    “So with every engraver and designer who, laboring night and day, Fashions carved seals, and whose concern is to vary the pattern. His care is to produce a vivid impression, and he keeps watch till he finishes his design.”

    When you make a beautiful ad that inspires someone to buy a beautiful toy for a wonderful child… love flows through it. Just let love flow through it, no matter what it is.

  32. Eva
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    Hi I really liked this post but when I clicked on it I expected something different. I thought maybe my questions had been ask but they haven’t so I wanted to ask you what I thought this post was going to address lol. How does one deal being a Christian in the world of graphic design? NOT in terms of only doing Christian designs but what I mean is how do I deal with being offered, for example, opportunities to work with agencies that design for top notch companies like Coca-Cola who we know are exploiting workers or whose drinks give cancer? How does one stand as a Christian here? Should one simply not take the job b/c its just obvious that as a Christian its wrong b/c I’ll be aiding in promoting cancerous drinks and exploiting workers, or is it not obvious b/c really with this messed up world theres nothing that I can do? I mean thats just one example. I hope my question is clear enough. Responses would be appreciated! I’m really battling with this issue as a Christian! Thank you Andrew and everyone else in advance for your responses, God bless you 🙂

  33. Ajibola J.O
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    Got useful advice here…truly being a christian designer will streamline our clients as jobs wld have to be censored…every calling has its peculiar challenges…in all do all to the glory of God everywhere…

  34. BENZENO
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    infact am so short of words ……and i thank The lord God for revealing this website on google for me.
    Am from Ghana 21 years old of age and graduaded from high school last year .
    Well am a young motion design artist as well as a graphic design too .I just took Jesus as my lord and personal savior and i realy want to put God first in my whole life .But you know in africa things are not actually easy.Although i dont work for now but i practise and learn everything at home. you can check out my facebook site https://www.facebook.com/ And also i am with a group in the domain of graphics in which we work together so imagine if i tell them about my good new because we just started
    i realy dont know what to do now cus my friends will not be realy ungry with me
    So am begging you guys because i need strong advices for my job too thank you very much. thank you

  35. Andrew Kelsall
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    @Eva – like with all things, these issues need to be prayed over, as like you say, every situation is different. I’ve even turned down work for Christian Ministries! God Bless…