Podbean for Christian Podcasts: One Pastor Shares the Benefits and Process

Today’s guest post is written by Rev. Jason B. Harrison, M.A. He shares his weekly sermons on his podcast, Let Your Light So Shine. He’s also using Podbean’s Patron Program as a fundraising tool for his ministry.

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For those of you who may be thinking about starting a podcast:

Allow me to begin by suggesting that you choose podbean.com as your host site.  I have not been disappointed in the least.

Some may wonder why I personally chose to create a podcast.  The reason is fairly simple.  As a Pastor from Southern Illinois, I am always looking for new ways to reach people with the Good News.  I record the audio of my sermons and upload them as episodes for my podcast.

Our church is a small one.  I can preach all year in our small church and reach a small amount of people. I can preach the same way, and upload the audio file to Podbean, and reach people worldwide.  Since I began the podcast, it has reached nearly 1,300 downloads.  That may not impress some podcasters who see those numbers in a couple days, but for a small church Pastor – it’s very encouraging.

I share every new sermon/episode on Facebook.  That helps to let my people know that the sermon is available in case they missed the service that week.  It also opens another door for spreading the word about the podcast itself.  The same can be said for all social media.

The actual process of creating and maintaining my podcast is quite simple.  Step one was to sign up on podbean.com.  I then decided between the free service or unlimited service.  I decided on the unlimited deal.  It was quite affordable.

A great deal of my podcasting involves my phone.  I have a smart phone – and I downloaded Voice Record Pro from the App Store for free.  Before I begin my sermon, I open the app and begin recording.  Later in the day, I open the app and edit that sermon.  I have the options of trimming it and converting it to a mp3 file, and I typically do both.

I then email the file to myself and download it to my computer.  The files all go into one certain folder created just for episodes.  I log on to Podbean.  I follow the instructions to upload the latest sermon, and it is ready to go.  There are a few steps involved when it comes to putting my podcast together – but they are simple.  It all becomes second nature after a couple podcasts.

Podbean.com has made podcasting simple and enjoyable.  Check them out if you haven’t already. Happy Podcasting!

*You can also record and publish via Podbean’s app directly.

Why and How to Create a Church Podcast

Benefits of Starting a Church Podcast

As a pastor, it makes me feel good to know that I’m creating something of value to our church family that makes a daily investment in their walk with Christ.

Many have told me it has been a help in their spiritual growth to be able to listen to the Bible/prayer. Quite a few have young children and they feel like their devotional lives have suffered because it’s a challenge to sit down and read. Having an audio recording to listen to has been a big help. Several have told me that the podcast is the first thing they listen to when they wake up in the morning. –Pastor John Stange, The Chapter-A-Day Audiobible

There are so many benefits to creating a church podcast. It is a convenient way to provide inspiration to your followers. A church podcast offers members who cannot attend services the chance to stay connected to your community. You can offer enhanced bible study, devotionals, or more in-depth teachings. A church podcast brings your message into followers’ regular lives. It offers a sense of connection throughout the week.

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How to Start a Church Podcast

  1. Choose your content. You may record your weekly sermons, or create a special message. You could read key passages or create a special bible study. You could even repurpose old content. Many churches have recordings/CDs of old sermons or events. They can easily be converted for your podcast. *If your audio is already in MP3 format, you can upload it to your podcast site as is. If not, there are many programs to easily convert different files. You can contact our Support team for recommendations.
  2. Set up media hosting for your church podcast. Podbean handles all your media storage (audio and video available). This ensures your files are easily served up to your followers. Our affordable hosting accounts provide all the tools you need, including a blog-like site for your podcast and inclusion in our apps. Your followers can enjoy your content anywhere, via phone or computer. Here’s a quick start podcasting guide.
  3. Record your content. Check out our guide to turning sermons into a podcast in three steps, to record using your phone. Or, you can use the recording equipment you already have on hand. If you’re new to recording, the Podbean app is an easy solution and you can join our Podcasting Smarter Facebook group if you’d like equipment recommendations and tips.
  4. Publish and share. You can record and publish your church podcast directly from the Podbean app. Or, simply upload your files to your Podbean account and create a post. You can add show notes, additional text, pictures and more if desired. Podbean offers automatic social sharing so it’s easy to get the word out about your content. You can also integrate your podcast with your existing church website with embeddable players or directly linking the sites.

There are so many benefits to starting a church podcast. And, it doesn’t have to be hard to do. It’s one of the easiest ways to broaden your outreach to church members and beyond. Learn more and start your free podcast hosting trial today.