The Ultimate Church Resource List

The Ultimate Church Resource List
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There are a ton of church media and resource companies. It seems like new ones pop up every day. Which ones are worth subscribing to and which ones should be passed up? Well, glad you asked. In this post, we have compiled the Ultimate Church Resource List including both free and paid options.

Visual and Design Assets

Visual Media Church is the leader in church visuals for lyrics displays. I've said for years that their membership packs in more value than any church media company out there. Whether you're a screen operator, social media manager, video editor, or photographer there's something for you!

If you're more interested in freebies, VMC is your company too. Their massive free library contains more than what most of us could ever use!

Visual Media Church
Visual Media Church is the creative leader in church media. We are your churches all in one media solution providing worship loops and backgrounds, social media posts, templates, stock video, countdowns, vfx, music, photoshop templates, and canva templates. We also have the worlds largest free media

Unsplash is known as the free photo site. A lot of the more popular photos are quite commonly seen in the "wild" but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have a place in your toolkit. What sets Unsplash apart is unlike other free stock photo sites (and even paid TBH) their photos don't look like stock photos. Expect to find high-quality beautiful stock photos ready to download for free.

Beautiful Free Images & Pictures | Unsplash
Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project. Better than any royalty free or stock photos.

Envato Elements is, at least in my opinion, quantity over quality. For the price, you get boatloads of assets and resources, but they're not all worth using. The good thing is that even though you probably won't use half of it, it's priced at a level that makes it well worth it. There are some great assets hiding in there! Be sure to check their freebie page often for new free items.

Envato Elements: Unlimited Stock Videos, Music, Photos & Graphics
Unlimited downloads of stock videos, royalty-free music, photos, graphics, graphic templates & more. The only creative subscription you need.

Need an icon for a brand or service? Simple Icons is the place to look. Just search for the brand's name and download an SVG of their logo. If that's not easy enough, they take the guesswork out of choosing what color to use by providing the hex code you need to make it look "right."

Simple Icons
2287 Free SVG icons for popular brands.

I've been a subscriber to NuSupply since the founders launched. It's $5/m and delivers three digital asset packs to your inbox every month. It's simple, cheap, easy, and high quality. You're getting assets and templates that would normally cost $20+ each at other shops for a fraction of the price.
NuSupply is a design co-op helping you cook up fresh visuals every month. Stretch your creativity by experimenting with assets some of your favorite creators are using.

GPT-3, maybe you've heard of it in the news. If not, it's a natural language processing API that uses AI trained on internet content to generate text responses. You can use GPT-3 directly in the browser using their playground and when you sign up you get credits to try it out. If you're just using it for generating writing prompts or copywriting social media posts it won't cost much at all.

Here's what it had to say about The Church Factory and how it would invite someone to church:

Prompt: Summerize the website

Output: The Church Factory is a website that provides resources and information for churches. The website includes a blog featuring church-related products and services. The website is designed to help churches grow and thrive.

Prompt: Write a paragraph inviting people to church.

Output: Welcome to our church! We are a community of believers who come together to worship God and grow in our faith. We would love for you to join us on Sundays at 10:00am. We have a vibrant worship service followed by coffee and fellowship. There are also Sunday School classes for all ages. We hope to see you soon!
OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company. Our mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity.

Social Media Content

I know, it's a repeat, but I must mention this! Visual Media Church has Adobe and Canva templates. Now, look, if you know me you know I'm not a fan of Canva but many of you are and no matter if you use Adobe (👑) or Canva (😢) you can still find high-quality templates ready to go. That's simply not something you see every day and is what earns VMC a second spot on our resource list.

Adobe Templates for Churches — Visual Media Church
Adobe social media templates in both Photoshop PSD and After Effects AE. All our done for you social media posts come as images and video along with the full template including stock video and recommended hashtags.

Fonts and Typography

Fontjoy is a nifty little tool for creating font pairings. Not a trained typographer? Neither are we. Fontjoy is an easy-to-use quick little tool for finding fonts that perfectly match and complement each other.

Fontjoy - Generate font pairings in one click
Get ideas for font pairing with suggestions from a deep learning AI

Google Fonts is a great resource for those of us who don't want to spend $$$$ on a typeface. You get over 1000 font families ready to download or use on your website all for free. Can it be any easier?

Google Fonts
Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography

For those of you with an Adobe Creative Cloud membership (nonprofits can get it for $20/m), you get access to Adobe Fonts. Adobe's font library seems more professional and premium than Google Fonts. You'll find a lot of font families here that you won't see on Google Fonts plus it integrates perfectly with the entire Adobe suite.

Adobe Fonts
Adobe Fonts partners with the world’s leading type foundries to bring thousands of beautiful fonts to designers every day. No need to worry about licensing, and you can use fonts from Adobe Fonts on the web or in desktop applications.

WTF. Oh, you thought we meant something else? WTF in the graphic designer world means WhatTheFont. Noticed another church's cool design and want to copy their font? Well, using WhatTheFont you can. Upload an image and watch the magic happen.

WhatTheFont! « MyFonts
Seen a font in use and want to know what it is? Upload an image to WhatTheFont to find the closest matches in our database.

Websites and Mobile Apps

I'm a web developer and even I recommend The Church Co. I literally do not know how they are able to provide such a high-quality service starting at only $20. If your website is not on The Church Co what are you doing?

The Church Co – Built-for-you websites designed to grow your church.
Built-for-you websites designed to grow your church.

I can't talk about websites without mentioning WordPress. Don't believe what some folks tell you. WordPress isn't prone to hacks or hard to use, it's all about the user and how it's set up. If you're not interested in The Church Co (highly recommend!) use WordPress. To set up WordPress correctly you want to get a theme called Divi from Elegant Themes and host your site somewhere like Flywheel. Sure, it won't be free but you won't regret it.

Blog Tool, Publishing Platform, and CMS - WordPress
Open source software which you can use to easily create a beautiful website, blog, or app.

Wrap Up

There are a ton of media companies. Truly a ton. So we know we didn't shout out every company but we did mention our favorites and ones we think that every church should check out. If there's something we missed please reach out and let us know by contacting us here.

As you'd probably guess, this page does contain affiliate links on some of the links. If you make a purchase with one of those companies we may get a small commission at no cost to you. What you probably didn't guess is that most of the links on this page are not affiliate links, so we like to keep things as unbiased as possible!