Quick Sermon Intro

Here is an example of how you can create a sermon intro video quickly and easily. For Easter, I did a special sermon about responding to God. While I explained various events leading up to the cross, I wanted to establish a mental timeline of when the events occurred. I came up with the idea of using the style of my favorite tv show, 24. I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time creating the video elements, so I decided to try something new. I used Apple Keynote, which is Apple’s equivalent of Powerpoint. I added a dark cross moving background and then added the background sound effects from 24. The last thing to add was the title in an LED font with one of the built in text entrance effects.

Start to finish, I spent about 20 minutes on the whole project. Keynote allows you to export to a quicktime movie file. I then used visualhub to export the .mov file over to a windows video file that I could use in EasyWorship.

Check out the short video clips. I think they turned out pretty good for the amount of time put into them. As a small church, you have to learn how to make things happen with limited resources. Using Keynote allowed me to create very quickly and use the built in functionality to create the look and feel of what I was looking for.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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2 Responses

  1. matt says:

    where did you find the background music?

    • Mike says:

      It’s been a while so I can’t remember exactly. I’m thinking I just recorded it off of one of the TV episodes of 24. Probably not the best idea for copyright reasons 🙂

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