We are in the process of realigning the written/printed/online look and feel with the actual culture so there is great freedom in the design. We'd like our new logo to be contemporary (yet not readily dated), simple with clean lines that communicate a sense of community and people growing into Christ.
It needs to take into consideration basic rules for a successful logo (although most printing will be done in-house so color limitations are not a pressing factor). It will be used in various sizes and thus must be easy to identify.
Some suggestions: In our quest so far we have been drawn to logos that have a cross as part of the logo, but there may be other symbols that we would consider to communicate our Christian foundation. Also, our location in a pine forest setting may provide some possible directions for a logo, particularly if a "growing tree" or "growing forest" could be visually tied to "growing spiritually" into Christ. We are, however, open to a variety of directions so this is not a requirement.
We plan to use cloversites.com for our web provider. Many of their sample sites will give you a feel for the style we are going for.