Buying individual pieces of church media lets you choose exactly what you want from the brands you love. But those purchases add up fast.
If you recognize the value of using quality media to visually communicate the gospel, you still have to decide the wisest way to do that. Good media costs money because talented designers work hard to produce it. Church media providers create videos, motions, and still backgrounds that uniquely fit the needs of your church.
Signing up for free church media is a great way to try out a lot of brands at once, and it can help you discover the brands you want more of. Once you’ve settled on a brand, you have two choices: buy every item you need separately, or start a subscription and make media part of your monthly budget.
In Proclaim Church Presentation Software, we let you do both. But if you’re buying media very often, a subscription is almost always going to cost you less.
Buying everything separately
Suppose you’re really conservative with the media you buy. In a given month, you buy just one still image to use for every announcement and sermon slide. Every slide looks exactly the same, but it’s a good image, and it gets the job done. Maybe your sermons are in a series this month and the background fits every sermon, so it’s not such a big deal. You get away with spending $3–$10 on background images for the entire month. Not bad.
Your welcome video and countdown video cost $10 each, but how many people will really notice if it’s the same all year long? Consistency can be good, right? Now those two videos really cost your church just a couple bucks a month.
The worship team doesn’t want every worship set to look and feel the same each week, so you agree to allow for one new motion graphic per service. On the lower end, quality motion graphics could cost as little as $6, but most cost closer to $10 each. That’s $24–$40 every month just for motions, and your team may still try to convince you why each worship song needs a unique motion that fits the atmosphere they want to create.
Say you want to introduce your series with a meaningful video. Something that captures the overarching theme of the series or roots your congregation in the passage you’re focusing on. Or maybe, once every few sermons, your pastor frantically scrambles to find a sermon illustration that fits the message. No personal examples come to mind—or else they don’t quite fit the topic. They feel forced. So about once per month, you leave some room in the budget for your pastor to choose a compelling mini-movie. Those could cost anywhere from $10–$20 each, assuming you’re looking for sermon illustration videos that fit your sermon, not vis versa.
If that’s all you allowed yourself to spend on church media, you’d be looking at anywhere from $45–$60 per month (or more) for a grand total of . . . six pieces of media. You could shave off a few bucks pretty quickly by finding some free stuff. But when you’re scrounging through the free bin, it’s that much harder to find what you need, and the real cost is time and quality. You’re often stuck with cheesy graphics, piece-mealed presentations, or things that just don’t fit.
(Psst: Get free professional church media from Proclaim!)
Getting more for less with a subscription
Church media subscriptions are for churches that regularly use media. If you find yourself buying new media monthly—any media at all—it’s worth taking a look at a subscription. With the right one, you’ll find what you need faster, you’ll save your church money, and your services will look great every week.
We offer two great church media subscription options, exclusively available with Proclaim Church Presentation Software.
Proclaim Pro Media is our most popular church media subscription. For as little as $9.95 per month, you get unlimited access to more than 6,000 motion graphics, countdown timers, welcome videos, and still slides. Plus, you can try Proclaim and Pro Media free for 30 days.
Proclaim Partner Media is a vault with thousands of pieces of the finest media available. You can give the keys to that vault to anyone from your church, and you can use it as much as your church needs. That means your youth group, your small groups, your staff meetings, your services, and every other conceivable church setting can all look and feel unique and professional.
The best part is, you don’t have to choose between your favorite brands anymore. Proclaim Partner Media is a schmorgasbord of media from trusted providers: Graceway, Church Motion Graphics, Igniter, Dan Stevers, Playback, and Freebridge. You get 275+ mini-movies, 3,550+ motion backgrounds, 12,100+ still slides, and 200+ countdowns. It’s all the media your church could possibly need at one low price.
Starting at $49.99 per month, you’re getting $125,000 in media for less than it could cost your church to buy six individual pieces of media per month.
Get Proclaim Partner Media today.