Free church downloads: sermons, media and more!
Back by popular demand is another installment of technology-themed freebies for churches! In case you missed the earlier ones, check out “Sample the online freebies for churches” or “Free software downloads: office and ministry tools.”
Included in this article is a variety of resources that pastors can use in worship, in print, on websites and social media and for church management.
SERMON STARTERS AND HELPS
Sermon themes – If you need an idea for a sermon, here are some great free resources to help you.
- A Different Kind of Christmas: Living and Giving Like Jesus is a five-week series based on Mike Slaughter’s book of the same name.
- A Fresh Start is a four-week series that encourages congregations to look at the back-to-school season as a chance for everyone to begin anew.
- Thrive! Living the Life, a Church Study is a four-week series that will challenge you physically and spiritually to improve the health of our bodies and the health of Christ’s Body in the world today.
- Book of Romans Sermon Starters
- Book of Acts Sermon Starters
- Discipleship Ministries Preaching Resources
- Lectionary Planning Helps
- Additional Online Resources for Lectionary Planning
Discipleship Ministries recommendations
- Revised Common Lectionary, Vanderbilt Divinity Library
- The Text This Week – Links, art and movies for the lectionary, Scripture study and worship.
- GoTell.org – Biblical storytelling for the global village. Includes a lectionary image gallery, commentary and more. Created by UM pastors Rev. Tom Boomershine and Rev. Amelia Boomershine.
- Center for Excellence in Preaching (Calvin Seminary)
- Sermon Helps from WorkingPreacher.org (Luther Seminary)
OPEN SOURCE SERMONS AND FREE MEDIA
- OpenResources – Offers free audio, graphics and videos on a wide array of subjects, including biblical themes, hot topics, personal stories, relationships and youth.
- Sermon Central – Features more than 120,000 sermons contributed by pastors from all denominations. Check out all the United Methodist contributors and sort by most viewed and top rated. A great element of Sermon Central is that you can search by keyword, verse, author or date.
- Lifechurch's Open Resources – Offers sermon-series resources that include message outlines, sermon graphics and videos.
Be aware that these open resources may not necessarily be based on the teachings of The United Methodist Church and Wesleyan beliefs and traditions. While you never want to plagiarize, these themes can provide helpful outlines and guidelines. Make the sermons your own with your flair and style.
PHOTOSHOP, FLASH AND VECTOR GRAPHICS
- Adobe Add-ons – Offers free downloads to use with Adobe Photoshop, including brushes, styles, gradients, custom shapes and patterns.
- Brusheezy – Free brushes.
- BittBox – A blog that regularly highlights free Photoshop brushes, flash components and vector graphics.
- Vecteezy – Free vector graphics.
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CHURCHES
- Table – Table is a mobile platform that aims to help those in your local church be the church.