In this new stage of digital age (what a lovely rhyme), having an eye-pleasing presentation for your sermon slide deck or Zoom screen share is more important now than ever. Sure, we could talk all day about the part of church that really mattersーyou know, the worship, fellowship, one another relationships, etc. But now that most church members receive that little Facebook notification every Sunday morning that “Church ____ is now live”, local members can choose to tune into whatever church stream they’d like. The hope and prayer is that church members aren’t choosing their Sunday worship based solely on graphics, stage presence, or worship genre, but think back to the first time you stepped into church (or tuned into the online stream). Sometimes what gets a first-timer in the door initially isn’t always the same reasons they stay for the long haul.
Let’s be honest. Not every church has a media or design team. In fact, most churches that were forced into the digital stratosphere in March of 2019 learned best practices at the University of Hard Knock. Now that many churches are determining how and when to start meeting in person again, the question that remains on everyone’s mind is, “What will our hybrid services look like moving forward?”
If you’ve decided that the digital look and feel of your church service matters, you’re not alone. Here are a few great options for sprucing up your Sunday sermon that won’t add tons of time you don’t have. These four resources are sure to make your church stream or satellite service screen-ready for the members or visitors who aren’t yet comfortable (or healthy enough) to meet in person.
Church Media Drop offers a whole laundry list of professionally created, church-curated design packages, including logos, motion graphics, audio clips, and more. This library of content is “Free Media For Churches By Churches” so that you and your leadership team can present high-quality content without the need for an internal design team.
The worst situation you could find yourself in is getting stuck on how your sermon should look when you haven’t even finished preparing what your sermon message should be. Life.Church has an extensive library of resources for leaders like you so you can focus on what you’re good atーinspiring your congregation to follow Jesus. Life.Church also offers training videos and content specifically for transforming your church into a more digital-ready group of Christians.
Okay, so this one isn’t free, but it’s not that expensive. Starting at only $19/month, Igniter Media gives you access to more digital content than you could ever possibly use or need. You’ll have access to mini-movies, title graphics, worship graphics, and moreーall professionally designed and released specifically with churches in mind. Their mission statement is, “We create and curate media so the local church can better engage the culture and declare biblical truth.” If you have a little bit of media budget to spend on engaging digital content, you can’t go wrong with Igniter Media.
At Tithe.ly, we’ve got you covered. Our personal favorite church media curation (Bias? No way!) with a download limit of infinity, you will never run out of awesome new content ever again. Whether you’re looking to up your Instagram game, add some flavor to your church streaming, or simply inspire your own members with your internal church bulletin, Tithe.ly has media content for every situation. Sign up and save some of your favorites so you can use and reuse your go-tos.
The world has changed and is full of digital consumers, and that’s not going to change. As churches continue trying to be “in the world, not of the world”, it’s important to strike a healthy balance. Perhaps using some of these resources to more quickly design your sermon content will free up mental space so you can focus on what matters most: spreading the Gospel to every corner of your city.