Do people still download podcasts?
Over the past few years, I have really decreased the number of podcasts that I download and listen to. And I don’t think I’m alone. One of the biggest reasons that I have quit listening to numerous podcasts is that I don’t have the time to listen to people just ramble and talk. There are very few podcasts that have focused content. So I tend to be a little more selective in what I listen to.
We also have easy and quick access to so much great content on the internet. I can quickly find sermons or messages about most topics, so I typically download sermons about things that I am studying or things that interest me. I regularly listen to sermons from Andy Stanley, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Mark Driscoll, Steven Furtick, Perry Noble, Greg Laurie, James MacDonald, Craig Groeschel, and John Piper. It’s quite an eclectic group, but I am challenged and stretched by the wide range of teaching styles and methodologies.
But instead of listening to their podcasts, I usually go directly to their church websites and watch or download the messages. I don’t know if this is a wider trend for churches, but I would definitely advise churches to make their sermons available on their website and on Facebook. It’s good to have a podcast, but it is more important that the sermons are available.
I still listen to a few, so here they are.