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Free Motion of the Month – August ’14

Free Motion of the Month

This month, we’ve partnered with the awesome Church Motion Graphics to bring you a custom motion that’s going to look great in your services. I love this background because it stands out from a lot of the other motions that I’ve seen lately and can work in a number of environments.

This freebie is only available for the month of August 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

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Free Motion of the Month – July ’14

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This month, we’ve partnered with our friends over at Playback Media and they’re hooking you up with an awesome motion that is going to look great in your services. Be sure to check out their memberships for more motions like these at an affordable price!

This freebie is only available for the month of July 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

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Five Qualities of Great Sermon Slides

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For a lot of churches, you’ve moved beyond the conversation on how you can integrate sermon slides into your services. You’ve got a PowerPoint, Keynote, or your slides in ProPresenter covered. You’ve been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. But, just because you have these components in your service doesn’t make them effective. Sermon slides are not foolproof. In fact, I would even say that sermon slides done wrong could even distract from your preaching.

Here are five qualities of all great sermon slides:

1. They Have Engaging Imagery

Son of God Sermon SlideWhen you step into Barnes & Noble, you’re greeted by captivating imagery on every shelf. As you walk down the New York Times Bestseller aisle, you see excellent design on every cover. Why is this? Publishers know that to get 1,000 pages of story to sell in this age, you must first sell engaging imagery. It’s the same for us on Sunday mornings. For people to spend 20-40 minutes listening to your story, you must give them an engaging “cover” to capture their attention. The best way to accomplish this is with a great title slide that sparks the curiosity of your listeners.

2. They Make It Easier To Follow Along

Scripture-2You know what Sundays are famous for other than church? Sleeping. You know what sermons are famous for? Putting people to sleep. Don’t be that church. Don’t be that preacher. What if I told you that great sermon slides would keep your audience more attentive during messages? By displaying all of your scriptures, quotes, and points, you’re more likely to keep listeners’ minds off of other things and their eyes from dozing. Also, by presenting your information in two ways (speech and text), you’ll make it easier to follow your train of thought.

3. They Illustrate Your Message

Dad_Photo_SlideAccording to the 3M Corporation, we process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. People have higher levels of attention, comprehension, and retention when teaching is presented in a visually rich form. God has clearly wired us to be a visual people. Beyond a great title slide, I recommend building images into your slides throughout your message. Telling a story from when you were a kid? Why not show a childhood photo? Speaking on fatherhood? Why not show a photo of a father and son together? People connect with images in a way that goes so much further than your words. When combined, you’ll leave a lasting impression.

4. They Make It Simple To Take Notes

Sermon_Slide_Template-Images.005One of the biggest things I learned from visiting Elevation Church, one of the fastest growing churches in America, is that taking notes is a big deal. When you walk into the super modern church, everyone is given a 8.5 x 5.5 note card and a pen. When I first saw this card was mostly for taking notes on the sermon, I honestly chuckled a little at the thought that people were going to take notes in that kind of environment. But, to my surprise, everyone around me was taking notes on the pastor’s sermon. They made it super simple to do this by including every major point, scripture, and quote on their screens. They even went a step further by including some fill-in-the-blank points. Each of these slides were kept concise and were displayed long enough for everyone to jot them down.

5. They Scream “Share This Information!”

Sermon SlideA few days ago, I had one of my most popular tweets ever. It read, “A retweet is basically a digital AMEN.” When something resonates with people in 2014, our natural response is wanting to share it with our friends and followers. I suggest building your sermon slides in a way that encourages your congregation to share it with their social media audience. I recommend displaying a “social bar” for the entire duration of your message. This sermon slide add-on paints a clear picture of exactly how they can share this content with their friends. Include hashtags and all of the social networks your church is on. I also recommend displaying tweetable points that fit in Twitter’s 140 character limit.

Do you have any other tips for great sermon slides?

Free Motion of the Month – June ’14

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This month, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Igniter Media and they’re hooking you up with an awesome motion that is going to look killer in your services. I first saw this motion in a live worship experience and it immediately stood out to me. I really love how it blends modern shapes with nature. Be sure to check out their website for more motions, stills, and mini-movies.

This freebie is only available for the month of June 2014.
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This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

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Creative Ministry Toolbox: Media Subscriptions

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I’ve been involved in church media for over ten years now. One of the best decisions I’ve made in my journey has been a shift from purchasing individual pieces of content to all-inclusive subscriptions.

Individual motions can cost up to $13 each now. Seriously? Ain’t nobody got the budget for that! And what about mini-movies? $20 videos add up fast when you use them as a regular part of your preaching.

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If your church is going to use media each week, the most logical choice is to invest in a subscription service. While there are several producers offering programs like this, I personally use two of them – Centerline New Media’s Complete Subscription and Church Motion Graphics’ Monthly Mega Pack.

While both of these companies do advertise with TCP, this blog post is not a paid endorsement. These subscriptions are actually in my creative ministry toolbox and I legitimately love using these products. I can solidly say that I’d recommend these to any church.

Here are three reasons why I love these subscriptions:

1. You Save A Ton of Money

A full subscription to Centerline will only cost you $200/year for a virtually unlimited supply of mini-movies, countdowns, motions, and stills. (They’ve even recently started including Photoshop sermon slides.) CMG’s Monthly Mega Pack is only $10 per month or $99/year and includes a fresh pack of motions, stills, and a new countdown each month. You’ll have great content each week without breaking the bank.

2. Consistency In Your Services

If you’re projecting lyrics, scripture, and sermon points in your services, they need to follow a common theme, color palette, and style. These subscriptions make this easy by providing matching motions, countdowns, and stills. You can easily start your service with their stills for announcement slides, flow into a coordinating countdown, use their motions for worship lyrics, and finish up with their stills for sermon slides. This coordination communicates intentionality and professionalism.

3. The Variety Will Stretch You

Both of these producers release new content each month, so you’re able to grow a diverse media library very quickly. They’re both devoted to stretching themselves to create new content outside of the norms and that has stretched me, too. Before signing up for these subscriptions, I tended to use only one particular style of media. Looking back, this was a recipe for boredom. These subscriptions have allowed me to try new things and experiment with different kinds of looks in our services.

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TCP Tip: As I’ve served in a creative ministry role under several lead pastors, I’ve learned that it’s always easier to present a larger one-time cost than multiple smaller expenses. Your leaders will feel much better about purchasing a subscription for the year than multiple random expenses throughout the year.

Find out more about Centerline’s subscription here and about CMG’s Monthly Mega Pack here.

Do you use either of these subscriptions? Let us know in the comments below!