4 Great Tools For Church Presentations & Graphics
If your church is like most churches, you probably don’t have a professional full-time (or even a part-time) graphic designer on staff. You probably have a volunteer who helps do some graphic design work or maybe you hire it out when necessary. Or, like many churches, maybe you have your administrative assistant or worship leader do the weekly graphic design work.
For me, as the Worship Director at my church, part of my weekly responsibility is to put together the presentation for the Sunday services. That means I’m responsible for picking the backgrounds for each song we sing and designing the sermon & announcement slides. And, I also have to put it all together in the right order and make sure it all looks good. And, do it for two different services, so I’m essentially creating two different presentations each week.
I’m a part-time staff member at my church, so my time is very limited. I have to make sure I am as efficient as I can be with putting together the presentations and graphics. So, here are some of my biggest time savers that allow me to put together the two presentations each week, usually in about 2 hours.
1. Proclaim: This is a church presentation software built by the folks at Logos Bible Software. I believe it is the only truly cloud-based church presentation software on the market right now.
My church used to use ProPresenter, which is a great product. However, one of the biggest selling points for Proclaim for me was that I can work on the presentation from anywhere and have it sync in the cloud.
I’ve worked on it at home, at a coffeeshop, and at church. It seamlessly syncs automatically for me no matter where I am or what computer I’m using. I don’t have to physically be in the worship center of my church to put the presentation together. And, being that I like to be mobile and also that I live 30 minutes away from my church, it’s not always practical for me to spend 2 hours in the church worship center during the week.
2. Shift Worship: When I started at my church back in August 2013, my church already had an annual subscription to Shift Worship, which is $149 a year. That’s not a bad price for having access to all the visual content on the site. They have plenty of stills, motions, countdowns, and mini movies in their catalog. You can download as much as you want and it’s all content created specifically for church presentations.
3. Stock.Xchng: I’ve been using this free website to find images and graphics for many years now. The site name and url are hard to remember, but nonetheless, it’s a great resource for finding stock photos and graphics that do not cost a penny.
4. PicMonkey: This is a free photo editing site that I use all the time. It’s probably one of the websites I use the most on a regular basis. You can easily upload an image, add effects or filters, change the size, crop, and/or add text. There are so many cool features!
Here’s an example of how I use these tools to create sermon slides each week:
1. I’ll find an appropriate image on Shift Worship or Stock.Xchng for the sermon.
2. I’ll upload the image to PicMonkey, resize it if necessary, add effects to the image, and then add the sermon title at the bottom right corner of the image. Then, download it to my computer.
3. I’ll create a “content” slide in Proclaim, upload the image as the background, then copy and paste the sermon notes from the Word document my pastor sends me. I can easily create multiple slides within the same “content” slide by simply adding a page break “--” (two dashes) where I want there to be a new slide. (Just creating the sermon slides in ProPresenter used to take me about 45 minutes due to all the editing I had to do, but now it takes me about 10 minutes with Proclaim. Proclaim seems to be more intuitive.)
All the tools I mentioned in this article have a ton of features they offer, so I recommend giving them a try yourself, since I don’t have the room to list all the features here.
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