I’ve seen some woeful sermon powerpoint presentations in my time. Terrible graphics, clip art, pixelated photos, bouncing text, horrible use of entry and exit text animations… should I go on?
Last Sunday we had our baptism service and I wanted the sermon powerpoint to look schmick. The weekend before I did up a decent one but the font changed in between home and church and it ended up being a bit of a dud. I found some free fan art online that fitted with my message and created a simple yet creative screen. (Download whole presentation by clicking on the picture.
I then individually created each screen (all 15 of them!) to have excellence, be clear and punchy and to display most of the scriptures I would be reading (9! It was a heavy Word week).
In total the full presentation took me about 2 hours. I felt like it was a worthy investment of time as it helps people follow the message visually, displays on screen everything you want people to see AND hear and gives people the scriptures in case they didn’t bring a Bible.
The presentation was put together with Microsoft Powerpoint after each screen was made with Photoshop CS2. It’s not impossible to create visually appealing presentations (even if you don’t like my styling on this one) and present something powerful each week.
Check out Creation Swap for heaps of free slides you can use already.