Free Church Graphics and Resources Toolbox

Kent Shaffer —  July 30, 2013

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Great custom graphic design is ideal. But sometimes time, money, or skill limitations make it necessary to use pre-made graphics. And even when you have the time, money, and skills, there are still occasions when it is more efficient to not reinvent the wheel and to instead use and build upon a pre-made resource.

In either case, here are over 30 of the best sites offering free church graphics and resources. And if you want to spend some cash, I have also included 8 sites that cost money but are worth considering for pre-made resources. Some of these may also have a handful of free resources as well.

Free Church Graphics and Resources

  • CCV Resources
    Sermon series graphics and resources from Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV) in Peoria, AZ.
  • Church Media Design (Freebies)
    Sermon series and announcement graphics
  • Church Planting Solutions
    Free church resources ranging from checklists to launch plan strategy documents to a church planter assessment tool.
  • Church Visuals
    Church Visuals is a division of Church Flair that provides free graphics & resources to use in your church experience.
  • CreationSwap
    Offers free church graphics including logos, photos, vector art, projector slides, bulletins, sermon graphics, projector slides, templates, and more. The site also includes a social network for Christian artists.
  • Elevation Church
    Around 70 high-quality sermon series graphics (PSD and JPEG) and series invites (JPEG) created by Elevation Church (Charlotte, NC).
  • LifeChurch.tv Open
    Offers free sermon series resources that include message outlines, sermon graphics, videos, and more creative materials created by LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK).
  • Ministry To Children
    Free Bible lessons, craft ideas, coloring page, and  for Children
  • Muddy River Media
    Offers free illustrative videos, motion backgrounds, countdown timers, stock photographs, illustrations, small group resources, and more.
  • NewSpring Ministries
    Offers free sermon series resources (e.g., sermon graphics, audio, message outline, & service outline) as well as administrative forms and manuals created by NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC).
  • NLC Creative
    Free motion backgrounds and sermon series graphics. Is the creative arm of New Life Church (Arkansas).
  • Nside Admin
    Offers free administrative documents from North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) on church government, human resources, accounting, facilities, IT, and Web.
  • Open Church
    A global Church library of free downloadable resources including graphics, video, training materials, ebooks, and more.
  • Open Resources
    Sermon audio, countdowns, promotional design graphics and opening videos from a wide variety of message series and churches.
  • Resource Well
    Offers free resources for children, youth, and adults such as lessons, teachers guides, workbooks, audio and video. Created by Northland Church (Longwood, FL).
  • Seeds
    Sermon series resources, artwork, video, and drama from Church on the Move (Tulsa, OK)
  • Stuff I Can Use (formerly Vine Resources)
    Offers free sermon series graphics, postcards, countdown videos, and message bumpers created by the college ministry of Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY).
  • Stuff You Can Use
    Free downloadable youth ministry resources as well as interviews, how-to’s, and case studies from the creators of the resources.
  • Vintage Church
    Free graphic resources for churches (sermon series graphics, announcement slides, graphic design artwork, and message outlines)

Other Free Graphics and Resources

  • Adobe Exchange
    Offers free downloads to use with Adobe software including brushes, styles, gradients, custom shapes, and patterns for Photoshop.
  • BittBox
    A blog that regularly highlights free Photoshop brushes, Flash components, vector graphics, and more.
  • Brusheezy
    Offers free Photoshop brushes.
  • Flasheezy
    Offers free Flash elements.
  • PS Brushes
    Offers free Photoshop brushes.
  • Smashing Magazine
    A blog that regularly highlights free graphics, fonts, and more.
  • Vecteezy
    A place for vector artists to create and exchange a variety of free vector graphics like icons, patters, flourishes, etc.
  • Stock.xchng
    The leading free stock photo websites. Over 400K stock photos from 30,000 photographers.

Sites with Both Paid & Free Church Resources

  • Graceway Media 
    Sells sermon stills, motion graphics, and worship loops for churches. They also offer a free membership option that gives access to a variety of free media.
  • Lightstock
    Royalty-free images starting as low as $5 as well as a featured download each week.
  • Ministry Matters
    Though they also offer limited free content, their paid content is far more vast. Their monthly subscription model provides preaching, teaching, and worship tools as well as other resources like Bible commentaries, dictionaries, and e-books.
  • SundaySchool.com
    Sells children’s curriculum, resources, books, and music. Currently it appears as though most all of the content is from the nonprofit publisher, David C. Cook.

Church Resources that Cost Money

  • Church Looks
    Paid sermon series graphics and presentation slides.
  • Creative Pastors
    Sells sermon series resources that include sermon graphics, video, mind maps, outlines, audio, and more created by Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX).
  • North Point Resources
    Sells logos, DVDs, sermon messages, conference messages, and more created by North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA).
  • Outreach
    Sells church graphics that include postcards, banners, bulletins, door hangers, invitations, brochures, logos, signage, and more.
  • ShareFaith
    ShareFaith provides one of the largest databases of church geared graphics available (50,000+).
  • WiredChurches.com
    Sells sermon series resources (e.g., outlines, graphics, videos, audio, & scripts) and administrative resources (e.g., forms, documents, & manuals) created by Granger Community Church (Granger, IN).
  • WorshipHouse Media
    Sells mini-movies, motions, stills, software, and editable resources for churches.

For Discussion:
- What are you favorite websites for church resources and why? Be sure to mention whether they are free or cost money.

This post was originally published in 2008. We’ve updated it for 2013.

Kent Shaffer

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I live in an RV with my wife and 2 kids and work with OpenChurch.com to help Christians collaborate and build a global Church library of free, open content.

54 responses to Free Church Graphics and Resources Toolbox

  1. You forgot about stock exchange. (sxc.hu). Great stock photos for free.

  2. this is great. thanks.

  3. Thanks for including our ministry’s website… we’ve just launched but the site won’t help churches if they don’t know about it.

    Once again, thanks, and God bless

    Mark Fogarty
    Muddy River Media

  4. LifeChurch.tv – free
    Saddleback Resources – purchase (inexpensive)
    WillowCreek.com – purchase
    simplyyouthministry.com – purchase; some free
    sermonspice.com – purchase

    Photos:
    istockphoto.com – purchase (inexpensive)
    Flickr.com – free. Select “advanced search” then select “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content”.

    Thanks for the recommendations, Kent.

  5. Hello to Muddy River. I just found your ministry and I love what you’re doing.

    Two pay sites I’m sure everyone is aware of:

    http://www.bluefishtv.com
    http://www.sermonspice.com

    Another site for free graphics, read the usage rules for Free Photos:

    http://www.freephoto.com

    Thanks again for some good links.

  6. Kent – thanks for such a great post showcasing great resources. Posts like these are the reason I visit your blog. keep up the great work.

  7. this is a keeper. Thanks. **adding to bookmark…NOW.**

  8. Don’t forget the ChurchMediaDesign.tv podcast!

    GREAT resource for the church!

    http://www.churchmediadesign.tv

  9. What church media library would be complete without content from Digital Juice. It’s not free but with a lot of the deals they offer it’s tough to pass up.

  10. Thanks for choosing our creative resource website!

    We just went through a re-design and I think this version is way better than the last, easier to search, find and download some quality stuff.

    It’s our way to give back to God’s Kingdom. Let us know here, http://creative.mynorthside.com if you have any graphics that you would like to download!

    Your bro’s and sister in Christ,
    Josh Starr
    Daniel Carroll
    Sean Bailey
    Sarah Rice
    Kyle Ellis

  11. Thanks for letting people know about TheChurchBox.com…we just launched our beta test!

    I wanted to let people know that they can get FREE downloads while we’re beta testing. Enter coupon code: CHBX2008 during checkout.

    Thanks again!

  12. Don’t forget about http://churchmedia.net/. It’s a good community to be apart of.

    Love the links. I’m bookmarking them now!

  13. SIM (Serving In Mission) has produced a visual statement of faith called “We Believe.” It is available to preview on GodTube here:
    http://www.godtube.com/siminternational

    If anyone would like a hi-res digital copy to show at their church, just send me an email at international.communication@sim.org. We want this video to be a blessing to the broader Christian community, so please take advantage of this FREE resource!

  14. I agree with churchmedia.net I get a ton of graphics there and there’s a great board with lots of resources and info.

  15. I second stock exchange. (sxc.hu). Strange URL, but great resource. I got the image i used on our church web site there.

    And don’t forget wingclips.com.

  16. Another great pay church media site: http://www.mediathatministers.com

  17. Hey thanks for the great list! (saw you linked on Church Marketing Sucks) Definitely bookmarking.

    I tried finding resources like these a few months ago and didn’t find much so I started creating my own and releasing them at http://www.freemotionbackgrounds.com

    It’s small right now (only 6 videos) but I’ve been adding to it weekly and hopefully if more people find it I can get someothers who will also regularly create and submit videos for free use. =)

  18. kennedy fraser April 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    UK-based audio site

    http://www.audiopot.org

    Kennedy

  19. At our church we use a unique setup with 3 screens in a panorama. We created a large library of still images in triptych format, and we decided to share them with everyone else.

    Volume 1 is free, and it has 399 images in it. Feel free to take and use in your own worship services. The link is http://www.awakeimages.com

  20. Great post! This is a great list of resources for sure.

    -waugh

  21. Great list! lots of other sites out on the web too. http://www.oxygen-multimedia.com has a free monthly slide and lots of downloadable graphics and if you want something printed http://www.sermonview.com has a lot of stuff. Thanks for the other ideas.

  22. is there a message board for people who do cool graphics to take requests?

  23. @Damon

    Perhaps the Church Marketing Lab.
    See: http://flickr.com/groups/cfcc/

  24. I run a site called http://www.christiancollages.com that has alot of great worship and holiday backgrounds for churches to use either on their website or at their church worship service. Over the years I’ve managed to build it up to almost 1000 images. Hope that some of you will find it useful! :-)

  25. A great resource for creating a website for your church is http://TinyPurpleGrapes.com

    Anyone can quickly and easily make a website for their church for free. Also no ads will be displayed on your website.

  26. http://www.blueletterbible.org – free
    http://www.churchartpro – subscription required
    http://www.faithclipart.com – free trail, then subscription.

    All have good graphics, clip art and Power Point backgrounds.

  27. thank you very very much! this has helped me a lot! i had no idea there were sites with so very nice resources like that out there! thank you thank you! God Bless! :)

  28. Hi,

    We, at Summit Lectern ( Audio Systems Group ), are giving away a free 5-minute countdown video for church at http://www.summitlectern.com/promotions.html. The preview shown is low resolution but you can be assured that the SVCD version for download is of very good quality. We hope to come up with more videos both for church and general events on a regular basis. If you have suggestions or reviews for our videos, we would like to hear from you.

    Regards,
    Sarah Florido

  29. Great Site!

    I have this bookmarked and come back to it all the time! What a blessing!

    Thank you!

  30. There are tons of free motion backgrounds for download at New Worship Media. We’re also working on adding countdown videos and sermon series branding soon.

    All for free download.
    Hope you like it!

  31. Thank you so much for this resource. This is soooo needed!

  32. Thanks, great help for the good work, Peace be with you!

  33. Thanks for the share. Very helpful. Great job and keep up the good work.

  34. Though not a graphic resource, I do have something that churches might want to add to their toolbox.
    It’s a web application I wrote, and it’s completely free: management software for planning church services.
    I thought you might be interested in sharing it with other churches with whom you have contact. Perhaps there are churches you know of who would benefit?
    The software is called ServiceBuilder, and is available here:
    http://servicebuilder.net
    Thanks for your time,
    Jason Silver

  35. Thanks for sharing mate..

  36. Hey, I’m just viewing this site on my iphone4 but it looks somewhat funky. Thought you may want to know. It is a useful article anyway.

  37. You can also download a ton of free content for churches at vintagechurch.cc

  38. Another free photo download website:

    http://www.morguefile.com/

    You can use most photos for your marketing materials, blogs, etc. Usually the photographer just wants to know if their pictures have been used. There are some nice, quality images on this site.

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