If your church doesn’t podcast, stop everything you are doing and get one started. Sure, that may seem a little radical and I’ll acknowledge that there are some things that are much more important than setting up a podcast, but I think you should start podcasting if you aren’t already. Here’s why:
People miss church. You’d be surprised at how many people, who have missed your worship gathering, would be willing to listen to your sermon if it was easy to access (and free!). So for those people who have missed the week’s service, podcasting is a great way to serve them.
Promotion. Offering podcasts is a great way to share with people outside of your church what you are doing. If you put those sermons on your website, people will have a chance to listen to your messages and can hear all the great stuff God is doing through you! Plus, members of your church can share your sermons easily through social media.
Powerful sermons can be revisited. You might not consider your sermons powerful and not everyone can be Michael Gatlin when it comes to sermonizing and throwing down anointed “heaven-via-the-vocal-chords.” But something I recently heard in a webinar seems applicable here. One of the dangerous things pastors can do is take themselves too seriously, yet another dangerous issue is not taking yourself serious enough. Remember when Jesus called you to plant that church or to go into ministry? Was he wrong? If he was right, then perhaps the Spirit is speaking through you and your sermons are a bit more “powerful” than you will ever admit. The bottom line is that after you’ve been in ministry for awhile you’ll find out that determining whether sermons are “powerful” is all in the eye of the beholder. Sermons you think are average or even poor, others will say changed their lives. And sermons you think are amazing will be largely ignored. But why not put your sermons online so that when God uses your messages to really impact and influence people you pastor, they can listen to them again?
Those are just a couple reasons why I think you should consider podcasting. I’m convinced that your church’s “size” has little to do with whether or not your congregation (and potential visitors) could benefit from having your sermons online too. If your congregation doesn’t have the Internet by now, they will tomorrow morning. After all, they probably have iPhones and connect to people via social media… why not give them one easy way to stay connected to what God’s doing in the church you serve?
Here’s a “how to” for those of you who are ready to start podcasting:
- Set up a podcast account. Our congregation uses PodBean. If you do some searching, you can find some free or relatively inexpensive services that will serve you well.
- Start recording your sermons. “But Luke, we don’t have the right software to record our sermons!” Oh really? Have no fear. I am here to help you. Download the free audio recorder and editor Audacity. If your budget grows, you could upgrade to other programs, but Audacity is super simple and is… *drum roll*… free. What pastor doesn’t like “free”?
- Share your sermons. Upload your sermons to your podcast account and then put it on your website and share it with your contacts.
Podcasting really is as easy as 1,2,3. It’s easy and it helps. In fact, just this morning we received an email with the following encouraging words:
“Looking for a church I found some of your podcast and they motivate me to find your church.”
Yes, it is somewhat scary to know that there are people who can actually listen to my sermons. Like you, I find that dreadful. But don’t miss out on an opportunity to serve your people and to reach people who may be on the verge of checking your church out!
Here are a couple other links I just found that might be of help:
- It’s Time To Get Your Sermons Online
- How to Get Your Church Podcast on iTunes
- 3 Things You Need to Podcast This Week’s Sermon
And yes, this post is dedicated to Ben LaFrinier because I’d like to download his sermons so that I could listen to them.
About the author
Luke Geraty is a young budding pastor/theologian who serves at Trinity Christian Fellowship. Husband of one, father of five, and deeply committed to proclaiming Jesus and the kingdom, Luke contributes regularly to ThinkTheology.org, VineyardScholars.org, and Multiply Vineyard. Follow Luke on Twitter, Facebook, or send him an email.