Our denomination (URCNA) comes out of the Dutch Reformed immigration to the United States in the 19th century, and our doctrinal statements are the Ancient Creeds and the Three Forms of Unity, the latter of which come from the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Our worship is also ancient in its "style". We're not about being "traditional" as it's defined today (singing hymns that were composed in the 19th and early 20th centuries and dressing up) but being rooted in the entire history of the church. That said, we also don't think that "being contemporary" is valuable in and of itself, but neither do we eschew it.
What we want to communicate:
Therefore, we're looking for a logo that comes across as *timeless*, something that won't portray us as trendy and a flash-in-the-pan. Obviously, we don't want to look "out of touch" either. Our worship will be historic and liturgical, just like our beliefs. We want a sharp clean look that looks relevant but not too modern.
We often refer to the Church as 'WR' or 'WRC'. So incorporating the initials into the logo could be a possibility. Other possible suggestions is to incorporate a shield, seal, or coat of arms. Some possible icons are a christian cross, or even a rooster weathervane. Here's a quick backstory on the weathervane. so it makes sense:
In the early Church (ca. 6th century), churches started to adorn their spire/roof-top with a rooster in order to perpetually remind themselves of the event in which Peter denied the Lord when the rooster crowed. Thus, the rooster became a call to humility and a reminder of one's perpetual need for grace. The Lutherans and especially Dutch Reformed revived that tradition during the time of the Reformation and in the subsequent centuries. Their churches were identified by a rooster (which had become a rooster weathervane), whereas the Roman Catholic churches were identified by a cross.
It would make sense for the weathervane to point to the west, since our name is Westside Reformed AND could be on top of a church spire. We don't want the logo to look country or farm-like, so if the 'rooster' idea would portray that, we're fine with dropping it all together.
Some people have suggested a red and/or black (maybe even grey), but I don't know - once again, we're going for something that communicates *timelessness*. I think "less is more" might make the most sence for a "timeless" look, so using a single color overall might be favored.
Here are some sample 99designs church logos I liked.
I like the style of this design
Although overall the following design looks a little *too* complex, this is an example of how a 'rooster' could possibly be used in the church icon (as opposed to the cross). It would be tiny, so it wouldn't over well the design theme and look country/barn farm.
I like this design: Simple:
This one is pretty close to our name. A cross is the logo icon.
I like the way this one has a round seal/icon with an "R" and cross. Perhaps we could have a seal with a "W" (or "WR" or "WRC") and a cross.