Using Creative elements in the church has been a constant over the years. From illustrated sermons to video announcements, creativity has often played a major role in a weekly service. While new technologies have made the building and implementing of creative elements easier, it can still be a challenge to produce the content needed week in and week out.
Whether working on design, web or video projects, the Internet has become a treasure trove of resources. Featured below are some of the resources and websites we have found valuable when it comes to content creation. The sites listed vary in the type of content they focus on and also vary in price. However, the products and resources provided by the sites can be very affordable to the local church.
Creative Market (Free & $): https://creativemarket.com/
This site features affordable design templates and mockups and grants the prop licenses for reuse with modifications. They also offer weekly free items such as postcard templates and fonts.
Social Media Tools:
Buffer (Free & $): www.buffer.com
Hootsuite ($): www.hootsuite.com
Both of these tools offer enhanced social media management and scheduling. For a church that might have several social media accounts, tools like these can be great ways to schedule content, add images and repurpose old content again and again.
Canva (Free): https://www.canva.com/
This web-based software is a great tool for building social media content. With an abundance of images and fonts to choose from, anyone can build social media graphics to use royalty free.
Unsplash (Royalty Free): https://unsplash.com/
StockSnap (Royalty Free): https://stocksnap.io/
iStock Photo ($): http://www.istockphoto.com/
A great photo can make all the difference in a great graphic design. Each of these sites provide high-quality photos for use in your publications.
Video Stock Footage:
FilmSupply ($): https://www.filmsupply.com/
BigStock ($): https://www.bigstockphoto.com/
Flying to Nepal to get aerial footage of Mount Everest might be a little out of budget. Luckily there are several sites like these that already have the footage you need. There is definitely cost involved with high quality stock footage, but it is minuscule compared to sending someone to gather the footage in person.
Music Licensing / Voice Over:
The Music Bed ($): https://www.musicbed.com/
Soundstripe ($): https://soundstripe.com/
Voices.com ($): https://www.voices.com/
The use of copyright protected music in videos and performances must be something churches are aware of. Sites like Music Bed and Soundstripe do all the hard work by securing the proper licenses for your church’s need. Depending on the song and use, the cost can vary, but it is worth the investment to protect the creator of the music and the church.
Voices is a great place to get a professional voice-over based on a budget set by you.
Squarespace ($): https://www.squarespace.com/
Wordpress ($): https://wordpress.com/
These website platforms have become the industry norm when it comes to building your site. Both offer great templates and flexibility when it comes to design.