Podcasting: From Sermon audio to podcast | Tech Help for Churches

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To get an audio podcast from your sermon audio, start out with a quality recording. This means that you need to get a recording from your church’s sound system. A good place to start is the “Tape Out” on your sound board. Take those out and connect them to a camera, stand alone recorder, or computer.

Once you have the audio, you need to make sure it’s an MP3. If not, transcode with software.

Now, upload to a media host. A lot of churches try and get away with using their website hosting. This is betting against your own success. You’re betting that you won’t get popular enough for your webhost to shut you down. Instead, try going with a company like Libsyn, Blubrry, Soundcloud, Amazon s3, or some other service.

Now, there’s the matter of the rss feed. It’s not a podcast unless it has an RSS feed which tells a computer, tablet, or smart device to download new episodes automatically.

Some media hosts like Libsyn will provide you with an RSS feed. If you have your church’s site on a wordpress installation, you can also use PowerPress to generate the feed.

Finally, submit your RSS feed to iTunes, the Google play store, and other podcast aggregators.

Congrats. You have a podcast.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.