July 13, 2023
Should you publish a sermon collection? Preachers, ministers, and teachers have recorded their sermons since ancient times when the meaningful words of early Christians were recorded in the Bible. Today, many speakers and faith traditions choose to collect and publish their sermon collection as well, and self-publishing provides a convenient and cost-effective way to do this.
If you are considering creating and printing a sermon collection, read on for a few simple steps to help you transform a handful of sermons into a beautiful sermon collection.
The first thing authors must consider is how they intend for the book to be used. The purpose of the book drives many aspects of creating sermon collection content, including which sermons to use, how they are organized, and what the theme of the book will be. To determine your book’s purpose, begin by asking, who will be reading this book?
Once you know who the intended audience of your book will be, it’s time to pick the sermons that you want to include. Sifting through treasured and meaningful sermons with a specific purpose makes including and excluding content easier to do. And while not every sermon may be included, it is a good idea to choose a larger number than you expect to actually be able to publish so that you will have plenty of content for your book in case one or more ultimately proves to be not the right choice to include as you prepare for printing sermon collection content.
Not every sermon has to be created by or even presented by the same person. You might decide to compile a book with teachings and wisdom from a single faith leader, choosing to focus on their thoughts and Godly perspective singularly. But your sermon collection can also include sermons from other teachers as well. You source your sermons in a few different ways.
1 Use the sermons from one person to allow their voice to be the consistent thread throughout the book.
2 Utilize primarily a single speaker’s words while integrating a few guest contributors. This will allow your book to lean into the teachings of the main speaker while benefiting from the thoughts and ideas of a few select others.
3 Collect sermons from various faith leaders so that the purpose of your book can be fulfilled with different perspectives that all speak to the target message of your sermon collection book.
4 Selecting a handful of clergy members and collecting sermon collection content from each in relatively even quantities can provide the readers with a balanced viewpoint while still offering continuity in the speaking voices.
Depending on how you have sourced the material for your book, the way you prepare the content for printing will vary. But the final presentation of each sermon should be the same, whether you were presented with an edited, complete copy of the sermon or the content must be transcribed from a video or audio recording.
The next stage in printing sermon collection content is to decide how your book will flow. Look at all of the themes covered, topics discussed, and religious content that the sermons present to the reader. Put your sermons into the order that makes the most sense for your book’s purpose.
For example, books intended to present new information to the unchurched or unbeliever may begin with the basics of Christianity and culminate with tenants of the faith. A book created for youth or children may group sermons topically, making it easy for those reading or presenting the content to find the subjects needed within the book. Sermon collections that are crafted to honor a faith leader’s long service may order the content chronologically.
Depending on how your collection will be used, you will need to choose the format and style of your book.
Don’t forget to craft a beautiful book cover design to give readers a glimpse of the book’s contents. Consider working with an expert cover designer that can help you create a cover that will grab the attention of your target audience.
Your cover should include:
The back cover may include:
Printing sermon collection content is a fulfilling and meaningful job, but without a quality printer, the quality of your book may not match the value of the spiritual guidance included inside. Partnering with a trusted printer like Publishing Xpress will ensure that your collection of sermons will honor the faith leaders who created the lessons with a gorgeous book that is sure to become a treasured keepsake.
Publishing Xpress has worked with self-published authors for decades, helping them print sermons and other religious content books that they keep, give as gifts to friends or parishioners, sell commercially, or use within their own faith tradition.
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