Archives For Where to Find It

A Series on the resources that we use at our church

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Where to Find It

I’m starting a new series here on the blog to help people find resources. If you’re in a small or medium size church with a small budget, then this series is especially for you. I want to share the sources and companies that have been helpful to us in starting our church. I will focus this series on computer and technology resources, although I will share about facility needs and equipment in later posts.

Look for posts on sermon series resources, video clips, stock photos, a/v equipment, and more. If you have an idea for another post in this series, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

One of the hardest things to find are good quality backgrounds. These are typically used as looping backgrounds behind song lyrics using worship presentation software like ProPresenter, EasyWorship, or Mediashout. But they can also be used as the basis for creating your own countdowns or sermon series graphics. Think outside the box!

 

Free Video Background Loops

 

Where to Purchase 

If you are looking for more and are willing to pay, then check out these sources.

Do you have more suggestions, post a link in the comments below. Since these type of links tend to change quickly, let me know if you find a broken link. Thanks!
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Where to Find It

If you are at a church with a full staff of graphic designers and videographers, this post probably won’t apply to you. But for the majority of churches, when you want to have great looking graphics for your bulletins, video screens, and website, you turn to the internet for help.

I like preaching in sermon series. It builds continuity from week to week and allows me to teach the Bible as a story. But it also saves time because I don’t have to create new graphics each week. When I’m planning sermon series, I first pick a book of the Bible or a topic and start my preparation. After study and research, I start listing possible series names. I then start looking for graphics that will reinforce what I’m teaching. At times, I can’t find anything and I decide to create the graphics myself, but many times, I find great graphics that are readily available for download and use. My only caution for you is that you should start with what God is teaching you, then find a graphic that works. If you reverse the order you will struggle with connecting the sermon to the topic.

It can be hard to find what you’re looking for, so I wanted to share a few great places to look. Check these links out for sermon graphics. Some even have photoshop files, powerpoint backgrounds, video openers, countdowns, and video loops included.

Free Sermon Graphics

For Purchase

Sermon Series based on Books or Ideas

What else would you add to the list?

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Where to Find It

If you are needing images for your bulletin, website, or video screens, there are a number of places you find them on the internet. Please don’t use cheesy clipart!!! Clipart was really never in style, so please refrain from using what you will find in Microsoft Office or Publisher. Here are some of the sites I frequently use. Sometimes you can find great images for free, but occasionally you will need to purchase the graphics you need.

Free Stock Photos

Paid Services

(there are a lot of stock photography sites out there, these are just the ones that I have used)

Google Images and Flickr

One word of caution: Just because you can find a great image using Google Image search or Flickr photo search, doesn’t mean that you can use it for your church. If in doubt, be sure and request permission from the content creator or find an image that uses creative commons licensing. 

 

 

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Where to Find It

I’ll let you in on one of my secrets to finding deals on cables, A/V accessories, and computer stuff. Check out monoprice.com.  I’ve ordered a bunch from them lately, and I have been very impressed with both the quality and cost of the products they sell. When you check out their prices for cables, you will be blown away if you are used to ordering from other online retailers. Their prices are really cheaper.

I also order a lot from Amazon and Newegg, but if Monoprice has the item, they are almost always cheaper. I recently bought a 100′ VGA cable for $31 and a nice projector mount for $26. Check out their site and see what they have to offer. They also offer good quality XLR cables and adapters.