FREE Church Resources

This is an exciting time in history to live.  One of the greatest developments most recently in the church world is the concept of ‘Open-Sourced’ sermon resources. Some of the biggest and most successful churches in the nation are now making many of their resources available to any pastor or church for FREE to utilize!  It is the church being the Church and sharing the blessings God has given them with churches across the country and the world.  So now churches that can not afford to have a graphic designer or video director on staff, or are wondering how to do church better can have high-quality materials.  So with that said, below I’ve listed a collection the best free church resources from some of America’s best churches:

  • – This is the church that pioneered the idea of ‘Open-Sourcing’ sermon resources.  They have not only made available some very high-quality sermon resources, but their interface for accessing them is very easy to use!
  • Elevation Church – On February 5, 2006, Elevation opened its doors with 121 people attendance in the Providence High School Atrium. In just over three years, God has moved in amazing ways and has used Elevation to change thousands of lives in the Charlotte area. Elevation was recently recognized as the 4th Fastest Growing Church in America by Outreach Magazine.  Their resources are cutting edge and very relevant for a young, upcoming crowd!
  • North Point Community Church – North Point is one of the great churches in America, started by Andy Stanley.  Although this site does not have sermon resources, it does have some great ‘behind the scene’ resources ranging from small groups to assimilation to media.
  • – This isn’t a specific church, but still a collection of some quality sermon resources.
  • Vine Resources (Southeast Christian Church) – This site has some good resources and a really cool concept with their ‘Swag Bags’.
  • MCM Network – This is the network I work with and we’ve recently open-sourced all the resources we have from Allison Park Church and many of our church plants.

Are there additional sites you know of that aren’t listed here?

FREE Tech/Media Resources for Churches

In the world of church ministry, budgets are always tight and money is short.  In church planting, this is even more so.  If you find yourself in a setting like this, then this post is for you!  Below I’ve listed a number of resources that can be utilized by a church at a very reduced price, or even free in some cases:

  • Google Apps – Google Apps are a FREE resource that provides the following for any non-profit organization:
    • Email Accounts: Unlimited email accounts, 7.42 GB of storage per account, email accounts still function with your domain extension (i.e., not
    • Calendars:  These can be easily shared within your domain or with other Google Apps users)
    • Google Docs: A great tool that allows you to collaborate with other coworkers with online programs that include word processing, presentations and spreadsheets.
    • Google Sites: You can create free basic websites as well.
    • Google Chat: Allows you the ability to chat quickly with anyone else on your domain without having to send a whole email.
    • There are a number of other features, but I’ll stop there.  The best part, though, is it’s all free!
  • MailChimp – This is a good email marketing program.  It is free for organizations that have below 500 subscribers and send under 3,000 emails a month (if your church sends more then this, you’re killing your people with too many emails!).
  • Floodgate Productions – This company has great pricing on ministry videos and worship track backs.  They also give away free videos on a regular basis and actually have a whole page of free video resources.  Their quality is usually pretty high and they seem to have a real heart for ministry!
  • MNW Consulting – This is a HUGE resource for churches, especially church plants or smaller churches.  It is free computer IT help!  This site features forums, topical posts, wiki pages and the ability to contact corporately-trained IT support…all for FREE!

Tomorrow I’ll post a list of free sermon resources.

What other free tech/media resources do you know of?

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