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The Church and Sermon Podcast Hosting Niche February 20, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Godcasting, Podcast Hosting, Podcasting.
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Got a question this week about podcast hosting specifically for churches and sermons.  This was my response:

Podcasting is all about niche markets, and church or sermon podcasts are definitely one of those.  More than educational institutions want to get their classes out to people, more than TV shows want to drive people to websites and snag more viewers, churches want to get their messages out to their congregation, possible visitors, and ultimately the world.

If you’re a church, and want to do this, what are the options?  There are plenty of podcasting hosting services out there (see this post), but what about those services claiming to be church or sermon podcasting services.  I did a quick check of the services out there, and it turns out that there are benefits to going with a service that is specifically for sermons.

Websites with transcripts, categorized searches, mailing lists, and other tools that specifically help a church or religious organization communicate more effectively are just some of the features that these sermon niche hosting services have.  I also like the feature, if you’re not a podcast savvy place, of the hosting service doing it all for you.  Just get the sermon to them somehow (even snail mailing a tape will do), and they set up your podcast, the rss feed, the transcript, and even links to the scriptures used in the sermon.

Looking at the different services out there, I’d have to say that the top five are probably:

Though I haven’t done an in depth study of all the sermon podcast services out there, I did quickly compare storage, pricing, and features.  These stood out from rest, relatively in the order I list them.  AltarCast and SermonCast would be my first picks to get a demo of, some client references, and a sandbox to see which one I wanted to do.  If you’ve had any experiences with these, please email me and I’ll write some updated posts on this in the future.

In my opinon, if you are looking to do sermon podcasting, sign up with a sermon specific podcast hosting service.*

*caveat – if you have multiple podcasts at your church, and would like to distribute the administration of these podcasts out to different departments or individuals, the services above are really strictly for sermon casting.  I recommend libsynpro for a multi-podcast organization: http://libsynpro.com, though the price may be prohibitive for a church.  I personally run most all of my podcasts and client’s podcasts through libsyn’s less expensive one podcast offering (http://libsyn.org).

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1. Anonymous - April 17, 2007

About four months ago I started searching for someone willing to get our podcasts online each week. For several years I had been posting my sermon transcripts, and, for whatever reason, were getting hits into the thousands. Out of all the companies out there, I found that AltarCast had the most to offer. Beyond that, they returned my calls and emails much faster than anyone else and have remained totally accessible since we began sending them our sermon CDs each week. We usually send them the sermon file on Monday morning and, without fail, the message is online by Monday evening. When I’ve had a question, I’ve always gotten through to them… no answering machines… just knowledgable people. Seriously, they are wonderful. Our folks are just starting to realize that we’re online and, already, have had nearly 350 hits on the page. In addition to great support and prices, I love the way AltarCast can help make your podcasts look seemless to your own church website. Really… AltarCast has been great… absolutely no regrets. If you’d like to see what it looks like on our website, just go to http://www.ourvineyard.com. Both the Sermon Audio link and Sermon Podcast links are made possible by them. One way or another… get your sermons online… AltarCast is a fantastic way to go. Any questions from a pastor’s point of view, feel free to email at craig@ourvineyard.org.

2. Lee Raney - August 24, 2007

Jeffrey,

Thank you for your insightful article on church podcasting, and for including SermonCast in your top list. We have made many improvements to the service this year, so come back and check it out. Also, we’ll be offering more in 2008 with the launch of ChristianPodcasts.com and the relaunch of Christian.com, so we’ll have even more to offer churches.

We are now offering SermonCast audio player free for the first year! With this offer, we are seeing churches sign up daily.

Again thank you for your article, and God bless.

Lee
Christian.com
SermonCast.com

3. Jeff - September 28, 2007

Lee… I talked to a couple people who are using SermonCast and are very happy. Thanks for the time and effort spent in providing it.

4. Robin Curry - January 21, 2008

Hi Jeff,

Your readers may also be interested in checking out http://sermondrop.com

Sermondrop is a new podcasting solution made just for churches with a goal of being easy to use without sacrificing features and without busting your budget.

We like to say that it’s simple enough that your pastor could use it ;-), but geeky enough that your resident tech guy will love it.

We offer many of the features you mention, such as providing multiple ways to get your sermon audio online (including snail mail), the ability to attach additional files (such as sermon outline, power point, etc), sermon tagging, iTunes-compatible podcast feed generation, widgets for embedding within your site, and much more…

If you are looking for a way to get your sermons online quickly and and elegantly, we’d love for you to check it out!

Blessings,
Robin Curry
http://sermondrop.com

5. buildyourhouseontherock - May 13, 2008

Good to find your blog, thanks.

6. admin - May 21, 2008

Great Blog. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Still in the pilot phase of deployment; however, wound up settling on SermonCast. http://dev.hillsborobaptsit.org. Just have to plug SermonCast’s support. Responsive and helpful. Definitely worth a look for smaller church sites with a limited budge.

7. www.PulpitPodcast.org - June 26, 2008

We changed our site and we are now located at:

http://www.PulpitPodcast.org if any church members or pastors want to send us sermon cassettes we will convert them and host podcasts. Email for information at pulpitpodcast@gmail.com

Our service focuses on taking the labor out of the process. Send us your tapes or CDs and we will take it from there. We are currently running a no-fee program which costs basically $20 per podcast which includes a free homepage.

8. Christian Sermons - July 11, 2013

Christian Sermons has come out many times that has affirmed
the Holy Spirit has touched many other. Christian Sermons
are truly a way to express at least to an extent the power of Jesus Christ.

Christian Sermons can convict you and almost force you
to come to terms with the ability of Jesus Christ. Several Years ago
I prayed and prayed for God to show me the light, the way, and the path for my motive.

Enoch is an exceptional example of man that walked with God
and was taken or interpreted. Christian Sermons hopes I have had
and validated the answer to many prayers. Even though you love God
you may very well (if definitely) still sin not but you can do the best that you can to avoid temptations that lead to sin.

I come from the family that preaches the Gospel and Christian Sermons
are a fantastic way to spread the word of God. It is crystal clear
for the Bible. The King James version is what is used as Biblical “calibration”
but as long as you understand this you’ve come a very long way from your regular non believer. Genuine Christian Sermons will always confirm or validate this.

9. http://onionslips.webnode.com/ - September 16, 2014

You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation however
I to find this topic to be really something which I feel
I’d never understand. It seems too complex and extremely huge for me.
I am taking a look forward to your next put up, I will try to
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