I am the associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Ukiah, CA and was brought on to work with youth and families and revitalize the congregation’s aging population. Step #1 was get a website with a reasonable, simple design, and a logo to suit it.
My first attempt was posted and critiqued here:
Therefore, you may want to take a minute to look over some of the conversation from before if you are new to it. Needless to say, "Hire a professional" is a recommendation that I have already considered.
Here is my second attempt at a church logo. Here I chose two main images: a cross and a grape vine. The cross is included for obvious reasons. The grape vine is both a scriptural allusion (Jesus likens himself to a grape vine, and his followers are the branches who bear fruit), and a reference to the agricultural industry of the area, in which there are a lot of vineyards.
(Side note: I don't think that one necessarily needs a cross to convey Christianity, but I have had that discussion with my boss and others in the church, and a church logo without a cross is too outside the box right now).
As I said before, please let me know what you think with frankness and forthrightness. I am not a professional designer, but I am very teachable.