Do you ever get frustrated with the fact that your sermons require so much labor to produce, but often don’t have much life after they are done? Even if your sermon hits the ball out of the park and everyone thanks you for helping them in some way, you go home for a nap and realize that the next sermon is due in seven days and it is time to start over.
The first way to get your sermons to last longer is to record and post them on your church website. People choose churches today by examining your church website and listening to your sermons. By the way, if they see your sermons last an hour each week, many move on unless the topics are so compelling they want to push the play button.
Visitors listen to your voice and personality to judge whether you are a good fit for them. They will also notice the sound quality. If it sounds like it was recorded in the church bathroom through a tin can, it will communicate that your church is not up to speed. All this happens without ever meeting you.
Should You Offer Your Sermons On CD?
If you record sermons but offer them on CD’s, it is time to enter the 21st century. CD’s are long gone. Make your sermons available for free via an MP3 player, which is also free for your church computer.
The second way to make your sermons last longer is to publish them in book form. I am not exaggerating when I say that you can preach a sermon today and have it up on Kindle for free by nightfall. Here is an example of a series I did one month. Go to Kindle publishing, follow the steps and you can have a book published without initial cost. Just upload sermons (in the form of chapters) from your Word document.
Through Canva.com, you can even design your cover as I did in the example. Kindle will pay you 70% royalties on whatever anyone buys. Through a simple link, people can purchase your book and 70% of the purchase price goes into your bank account.
My third suggestion: Preach in themes. With apologies to my Reformed friends, I am not a fan of expository preaching for myself, but I know ministers who swear by it. If that is you, why not put all your notes about the book of James together into a book form as well? Over time, you would create your own book series on the New Testament.
Like a physical recording, you can publish the link to your book. Use emails, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google +, and Instagram to get the word out.
Ministers already spend massive amounts of time reading, writing and speaking. Doesn’t it make sense to publish the fruit of these activities for the world to enjoy?
Your sermons can outlast you through publishing. People still quote Wesley, Edwards, Spurgeon, and many others because someone took the time to preserve their work. Through Kindle, you have that same ability with far less the hassle and none of the cost.