Sermon Podcasting Made Easy (Really)

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If sermon podcasting sounds like an impossible task, there’s something you need to know: you probably already have everything you need to do it.

You use the equipment every service. You don’t need extra software—assuming you’re using Proclaim Church Presentation Software (which you can try for free, so there’s no excuse). And it takes a lot less time than you might think.

With minimal setup, you can start your sermon podcast this weekend.

This is sermon podcasting made easy—really.

Audio recording equipment

Most basic sound setups already have the right pieces. But even if you don’t have a soundboard, you can still record your sermons.

Here are three common scenarios:

1. A soundboard connected to a computer via USB:

This is usually used to control the soundboard from the computer, but it also allows the soundboard to input audio to your computer (and by extension, Proclaim) through the USB.

2. A soundboard connected to a computer via auxiliary cable:

With an RCA, 1/4 inch, or XLR cable, you can also send the audio to your computer from an auxiliary output on the soundboard. You’ll need an adapter to convert this to a 3.5mm headphone cable.

3.  A mic connected to a computer:

There are three basic ways to connect a mic to your computer.

  • A handheld mic that plugs directly into the computer
  • A bluetooth headset that pairs with the computer
  • A wireless mic with a receiver

As long as your computer can recognize the device as an audio input, you can record.

Record your sermon in Proclaim

Proclaim offers the simplest sermon recording solution. Your presentation software detects the audio recording devices connected to your computer, so you only need one program to present, record, edit, and publish your sermons.

Choose your audio recording device from the “input device” field in Proclaim’s settings to get started.

sermon podcastingAs you build your presentation and add your slides, you can create “Start Recording” and “Stop Recording” cues to tell Proclaim exactly which parts of your presentation to record. Once you start your presentation, Proclaim automatically records the selected section of your presentation (so nobody forgets to push the button).

sermon recording cuesWhen you reach the end of your presentation, Proclaim opens a new window to edit and publish your sermon.

Edit your sermon audio

Once you’ve recorded the audio you want, editing in Proclaim is just as easy. Add a title, description, cover image, and any other information you wish to include. You can even add a soundbite—just drag the orange arrows to the best 60 seconds (or less) of your sermon. Trim your audio by selecting the sections you don’t want and choosing “Delete” from the “Actions” dropdown menu. Any audio you leave between the blue arrows will be included in the final file.

If you want to use additional software to edit your audio, choose “Download raw audio.” Otherwise, you’re ready to publish your sermon.

Publish your sermon online

Proclaim includes built-in sermon publishing. All you have to do is click.

To add your sermon recording to your church website, choose “Sermon player embed code” from the publishing menu. This will open a page that lets you decide how you’d like the recording to appear—as a single sermon, a playlist, or a dynamically updated sermon that always shows your most recent recording.

If you don’t have your own church website, Proclaim still gives you three publishing solutions. Every Proclaim subscription comes with a Faithlife church group, which your whole congregation can access for free to view sermons, read your newsletters, and follow along with your service through digital bulletins. When you publish a sermon in Proclaim, it’s automatically available to your congregation on Faithlife.com.

SoundFaith.com lets you upload manuscripts and build up a sermon archive. Your sermon becomes discoverable on the web, where people can read, listen, and provide feedback.

You can share links to either of these sites through social media, email, a blog, or anywhere else.

The “Podcast feed” option lets you distribute your sermons on iTunes.

Publish your podcast on iTunes

“Podcast feed” gives you the RSS feed link that iTunes uses to find your sermon.

In the iTunes store, find the podcasts menu and select “Submit a podcast.”

Paste the link you found after clicking “Podcast feed,” click continue, and you’re done. You’ve officially published your first sermon podcast.

That’s the whole process from start to finish. You may have heard horror stories about volunteers spending hours editing audio, or staff handing off a USB stick several times on Sunday afternoon—but that doesn’t have to be you.

With Proclaim, you can have your podcast published online and available in iTunes before your congregation even leaves the door.

Start sermon podcasting for free

Proclaim Church Presentation Software lets you present, record, edit, and publish your sermons from the same place. Try Proclaim free for 30 days and get access to Pro Media, too! More than 10,000 pieces of motion graphics, background slides, and countdown videos are yours to use as much as you want for 30 days.

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