Classified Advertising

The following information pertains to classified advertising. If you are looking for information on display (boxed) ads please see our display advertising page. To see past ads, view the PDF for any issue.

Established in 1865, The Banner is the official publication of the 289,000-member Christian Reformed Church in North America. The Banner is received by every CRC household! That means your message reaches over 100,000 households.


Space is limited. Ads are inserted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Issue DateAd DeadlineShip Date
July/August 2019 (combined issue)June 17, 2019July 9, 2019
September 2019August 5, 2019August 15, 2019
October 2019September 2, 2019September 19, 2019
November 2019October 7, 2019October 17, 2019
December 2019November 4, 2019November 21, 2019
January 2020December 2, 2019December 19, 2019
February 2020January 2, 2020January 16, 2020
March 2020February 3, 2020February 20, 2020
April 2020March 2, 2020March 19, 2020
May 2020April 6, 2020April 23, 2020
June 2020May 4, 2020

May 21, 2020

Prices (effective January 2019 issue)

The ad rate for most classified categories is $0.41 (USD) per character (including punctuation and spaces). A discounted rate of $0.34 (USD) per character applies to Anniversaries, Birthdays, Obituaries, Denominational and Classical Announcements, and Congregational Announcements.

There is a minimum charge of 150 characters for all ads and approximately 50 characters per line. Photos for Birthdays, Obituaries, and Anniversaries are an additional $50 (USD) per ad per month. Photos are not allowed in other classified categories. Canadian prices will be based on the current rate of exchange and will have GST added.

Submitting Your Ad

Please submit your classified ad online.

If you are unable to submit your ad online you may email the text to In your email, please be sure to include your name, phone number, and address. When we have processed your ad, you'll receive a reply email with instructions about making your payment.

If you would like to email a photo we prefer a .tif or .jpg format. Please note that all photos are electronically cropped to be the same size in each ad. Under normal circumstances your photo will be returned with your invoice; however we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged photos. We recommend that you send duplicates instead of originals.


All advertising is subject to the approval of the editor in chief. Advertisers retain the liability for all content (text, representation, and illustration) of advertisements. Advertising in The Banner does not imply editorial endorsement.


If you have additional questions or would like to speak to someone, please contact:

The Banner - Classifieds/Announcements
1700 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508-1407
Phone: 616-224-0725
Toll-free Phone: 800-263-4252
Fax: 616-224-0834