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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.

Open Church – Free Ministry Resources and Ideas

Kent Shaffer —  May 10, 2011

Open Church - Free Ministry Resources and Ideas

This year I restructured my life and business endeavors, so that I can start Open Church, an independent nonprofit focused on equipping global Church leaders with free ministry resources to download and ideas from all cultures.

Bits of Open Church’s vision have been stirring in my heart for years, connecting, and building upon each other. The Open Church website is anticipated to launch in early 3rd quarter 2011. I want to see more churches collaborate.

Free Ministry Resources

If the churches of one city pooled together their different resources – financial and human, they would have more literal and figurative money than they know what to do with.
- Dallas Willard

I find great truth in Willard’s words, but I dream about what it would be like to have thousands of churches globally aggressively sharing their resources with each other. Think of the time saved from not trying to reinvent the wheel. Think of the money saved. With that volume of collaboration, you can still have plenty of variations and choices among similar resources. Rather than 100 churches all doing the same thing, let 5-10 churches create that resource and give it away. Let the remaining 90-95 churches used those saved resources to impact the Kingdom of God in a new way.

By providing the technology platform and manpower to make sharing resources easy, Open Church turns the desire to share into a reality for those interested in equipping the global Church. Open Church’s central hub format simplifies user access, synergizes reach, and reduces costs for contributors.

Global Ministry Ideas

Generally speaking, the majority of ministry thought leadership influencing the global Church comes from white, upper middle class, American men. While their thoughts are good, they are naturally limited by culture and best suited for reaching people like themselves.

Open Church’s idea platform features these mainstream perspectives but also intentionally seeks out expert voices from underplatformed niches, such as G12 Africa, Europe, Chinese house church, Latino Americans, Black Americans, Indian Americans, college ministry, etc.

The goal is to present a holistic scope of ministry perspectives not only to cater to each niche but also help readers become more well-rounded and balanced. By mashing up ministry ideas from all geographies and cultures, it becomes much easier to recognize what are timeless Biblical principles and what are cultural best practices.

How You Can Help

At the moment, Open Church is 100% volunteers. The cost savings and extra manpower allows Open Church to do more, offer more, and reach more. If you feel passionate about Open Church’s vision, you can help the following ways:

  1. Pray for Open Church — its mission and leadership.
  2. Prayerfully consider contributing your time or resources.
    Open Church is currently lining up volunteer editors, writers, translators, resource managers, and resource contributors (particularly curriculum and administrative tools not just graphics). For more information about serving in these roles, please complete the volunteer signup form.

If you are interested, I’d love to explore ways for you to be involved.

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Free Church Resources by Church on the Move

Kent Shaffer —  June 27, 2010

Like free church resources? Church on the Move (Tulsa, OK) is now offering free creative resources to download from their new site, Seeds.

The church resources include artwork, motion graphics, background music, promo videos, opener videos, mini-movies, drama scripts, slides, banners, worship guides, sermon series kits, and more. There’s something for kid’s ministry, student ministry, and plenty for regular worship services, too!

Best of all, the production quality is outstanding. Church on the Move has been winning ADDY Awards and producing mainstream quality content for years. Now you can have that same quality for free! Samples include:

FREE SLIDES & ARTWORK

Please Turn Off Your Phone – Slide

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Communion Instructions – Slide

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FREE VIDEOS (RSS readers must visit post to see videos)

Dad Life – Father’s Day Video

Why Worry – Drama Skit

Mommy Rhapsody – Mother’s Day Performance

FREE SERMON SERIES (RSS readers must visit post to see videos)

This or That – Student Ministries Sermon Series Artwork

Free Sermon Series

I Love My Bible – Kidmin Sermon Series Artwork

Free Sermon Series

To start downloading free church resources, visit Seeds.ChurchontheMove.com

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