Why You Should Record Your Sermons This Christmas

In the midst of all your Christmas busyness, why add sermon recording and podcasting to the list?

The short answer is, it’s a season of opportunity. Here are three reasons why it’s well worth your time to record and upload your sermons this Christmas.

1. People may be missing church

Between travel, winter colds, and other surprises that make Christmas a busy time of year, many people are missing church.

But they still want to be spiritually fed.

Sermon podcasting is an easy way meet that need. Someone can easily listen anytime throughout the week. If small groups are discussing the sermon, anyone can still participate even if they miss church. Whole families can even set aside time to hear a missed sermon.

You don’t know who may be missing church or why, so make the sermon readily available.

2. It’s an evangelism opportunity

With an uptick in non-Christians attending Christmas services, you may be preaching with their needs in mind more than usual.

Perhaps you’re careful to avoid Christian jargon. Maybe you take your time explaining certain concepts, or you select a passage with powerful imagery that you know will resonate. Chances are your preparation will result in a message that’s ideal for someone who’s never heard the gospel.

For this reason, you’ll be glad you recorded and posted your sermon. People in your church might see it as a great resource for unchurched family or friends. Perhaps a non-Christian who was at your service will listen to the sermon again so they can keep pondering what you said.

Record and publish your sermon, because you never know how God may use it to draw more hearts to himself.

3. You’ll have a self-contained sermon or short series

Pastors often schedule their preaching calendar so the Christmas or Christmas Eve message is a one-off sermon or the climax of a brief series.

That means you end up with a nice self-contained sermon or series for your podcast.

This is good, because people often look for sermons they can listen to without feeling like they’re jumping into the middle of a long series, the same way you wouldn’t hop into the middle of a book or television show.

Having something listeners can access right away is helpful, and it may whet their appetite to explore even more sermons, so they continue to feed on God’s word.

This Christmas, take time to get your sermon recording and podcasting set up. It’s actually much easier than you think.

In fact, with Proclaim Church Presentation Software—which you can get right now with a free 30-day trial—you can record, edit, and publish your sermons online, all from within Proclaim. This article will guide you in getting setup, and there are plenty of tutorials for other questions you may have.

Publishing your sermons is a small time investment that will pay big dividends, and the sermons you’re preaching this season may be perfectly suited for podcasting. Why keep them offline?

Record, edit, and publish your sermons with Proclaim. Start your free 30-day trial today.

Written by
Matthew Boffey

Matthew Boffey (MDiv, Trinity International University) is the pastor of worship at Christ Church Bellingham. He is also editor-in-chief of Ministry Team magazine, has edited several books, and has written for several blogs and publications, including Relevant online, the Logos blog, and the Faithlife blog.

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Written by Matthew Boffey