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August 21, 2020
Maintaining your church’s content can be stressful.
There are numerous platforms you need to manage.
Write a blog.
Record a video.
Post to social media.
Upload a podcast.
How do you have time to keep up with all of that while also managing your church?
The secret that most churches don’t realize is they’re already creating enough content to maintain all of these platforms. You just have to know the right place to look. And that place is your weekly sermon. This is a long-form, well-researched piece of content you’re already creating each week.
All you have to do is repurpose your sermon into different pieces of content.
When it comes to launching a church podcast, the easiest first step is to publish your sermon in audio form that people everywhere can digest as podcast episodes.
That’s where podcast hosting comes in.
And this is your handy guide to turning your church’s weekly sermon into a great audio podcast.
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Let’s get started!
Does this sound like a good idea?
We think so, too!
But how does a church turn their weekly sermon into a podcast?
Here are a few steps to take to get your church started:
There are multiple podcast hosting solutions your church could turn to.
We’ve collected a few of our favorites.
But keep in mind that this list is far from comprehensive.
Here you go:
Perhaps the biggest indicator of success with hosting a sermon-based podcast at your church is whether or not you’re able to keep up with it. Can you consistently post a new audio episode each week when there’s a new sermon?
If you’re not able to, you might want to do more preparation before launching your church podcast.
Create some systems to keep it moving.
Enlist church volunteers.
Formulate a plan that also maintains the consistency of when you’re publishing new episodes.
As mentioned previously, audio quality is a huge focus point when coming out with podcast episodes.
Think about it—do you want to listen to a podcast that you can barely hear?
Or where the volume continuously jumps up and down?
You probably wouldn’t listen longer than a few minutes. And neither will your congregation—no matter how good the sermon quality is.
Take the time to get the audio sounding good before you share it with the world.
If a pastor preaches in the woods where no one can hear it, did he actually give a sermon?
Jokes aside—you likely don’t want to put in the time and energy to create a sermon podcast if no one will listen to it. And no one will listen to it if they don’t know it exists.
So tell people about it!
Post about the sermon podcast on your church website.
Share about it periodically (with links) on relevant social media accounts.
And mention it during the announcements on Sunday morning.
These are all different parts of a church communication strategy.
Let people know why they’ll want to listen in.
Want to take your sermon podcast to the next level? Make it sound more like an actual podcast. Add a short introduction and outro with music and a host to introduce the sermon. This may take slightly more time, but it will instantly increase the quality of your content.
Keep in mind that people may listen to the sermon weeks after it originally aired. That’s the goal after all. So consider that before adding timely church announcements that might no longer be relevant if someone listens to the episode six months later.
With Tithe.ly Sites, you can create a beautiful website in minutes—and add your church podcast with ease.
One of the features you can add to your site is sermon podcast hosting. We’ve even got more articles and resources on how your church can create a podcast.
Preaching a sermon every week and then turning it into a podcast can seem like a daunting task. But with our help, it really is possible. Once you have the right podcast hosting service and a good system in place, it becomes much easier.