It’s a lot of work to write a sermon; praying for guidance, coming up with the ideas, stringing them together, adding anecdotes to help you connect with the audience. It’s no easy task.
That’s why we want you to make the most out of your message.
Let’s look at 4 different ways you can share your sermon in a fresh, new way after Sabbath morning:
1. Record and upload an audio version
The simplest way to record and upload your sermon is to get the audio file from your sound team at church. Because the team has direct access to your microphone, the audio will be clear and easy to clean up.
Record an intro and outro for your sermon, put it all together, and you’re good to go.
Upload the file as a podcast on your website for people to listen to again and again.
Let’s say you don’t have the equipment necessary to pull that off, no problem. Here’s another option:
Use your smartphone. Download an app specifically for picking up clear audio, then place your phone on the lectern while you are preaching. But remember not to move too far away from your recording device.
Use the same cleanup and intro instruction as before, and you’ve got yourself a podcast ready for publication.
2. Create an e-devotional
We all love a good devotional. Short, simple, impactful. And that’s what your sermon can be—a quick, encouraging note to lift someone’s spirits.
The first step to turning your sermon into an e-devotional is to pick out the most significant parts of your sermon. These should be bite-size pieces that your reader can take in. It’s important to be mindful that the way you preach a sermon and write a sermon should be different.
Then, using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint (or design software), include an element of design to your document. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to present your work in a creative way.
But don’t worry! The emphasis here is on your words. The design is just icing on top.
After you condense your sermon and finalize the design, you’re almost ready to share. Save your work as a PDF and upload it to your website.
3. Create sharable graphics
Now, if you don’t dabble in graphic designs, this may sound intimidating, but hang in there. It’s much easier than you might think!
The key to creating sharable graphics is to use impactful quotes from your sermon. These short bits from your sermon must be able to drive home a point while standing alone.
These could be one-liners from your sermon: a Bible promise, a wise saying, or a concept that made you think. Whatever it is, if you said it and it made your audience say, “Hmm,” or “Amen!” then you may be able to use it as a quote.
After picking your quote, head over to Canva.com—a design website with free templates you could use —and follow these steps:
- Select a design.
- Insert a memorable quote from your sermon.
- Insert a photo from Canva’s archives (or your own) that matches your quote.
- Save and download your graphic.
- Share it to social media.
Remember, this graphic is just a starting point. Be sure to send your audience back to your website. It could also be helpful to provide a link to the sermon that the quote came from.
4. Shoot a video summary
A video is still one of the best ways audiences like to receive information. Sometimes, having a visual element helps the message to stick with your viewers.
These days, churches either record the sermon to upload to the website later or live stream the sermon in real-time. Both are great! However, there is another step to you could take to increase viewership.
The extra step is to find the most compelling minute of your sermon, edit it, and share it on social media.
Uploading a minute or so of a key concept or moment, can catch the attention of your audience in a new way and draw them to want to watch more.
At the end of your short clip, give a call to action. For example, include something simple like, “Click below to watch the full sermon.” Provide a link back to your website and make it easy for them to navigate through your sermons.