There’s lots of different ways to make your sermons available. In a few years, you’ll probably just be able to stream them live to a chip in your members’ head while they sleep; for now, however, we wanted to know which technologies you currently use to distribute your sermons.
The most common way to share your sermons is an audio download. 30% of you are rocking this method. Digital is fun as costs are cheap and files are portable. I guess the next step is to revisit your payment plans for sermon audio.
Just a few less of you, 29% to be exact, offer your sermons on CD. It’d be interesting to hear if the rise of digital audio has brought CD sales down at all in your church.
The next best thing, and rounding out the audio portion of our poll, is the cassette tape. Wowzers. 10% of you make cassettes of your messages available. Hey, if folks need it, more power to you. The last cassette I can remember buying myself is Ace of Base.
Video doesn’t seem to be catching on quite as strongly as audio. 9% of you offer DVDs of messages, and 8% of you offer a video download of sermons. There’s other options here, too — video podcasts and streaming video come to mind. A lot of folks these days just don’t have time to sit and watch a whole video.
4% of you offer a text download, and 4% offer a paper copy. It’s nice to see that reading isn’t totally dead yet.
The final 6% offer a resounding, “Be there or be square.” If folks miss out, you don’t subsidize their absence, you make them hear it from a friend.
So let us know in the comments, what did we forget? How do you share your church audio? And while you’re at it, answer this week’s question, in which way does your church most often use the Internet for ministry?