Our digital age has ushered in an attention economy that makes it all the more important for churches to have captivating visual media. But if you're a small church (like mine), you probably don't have anyone with graphic design expertise and your budget to pay someone to make great-looking media is somewhere around $0.
Let me introduce you to my good friend Canva. It's a tool that makes image and video editing so easy, literally anyone can do it, no matter how much or little you know about graphic design. The best part? Canva offers their Pro subscription for FREE to nonprofits!
Canva's templates are what make this tool so great. You just choose free and customizable templates that look good and make changes to fit your needs. In this post, I'm sharing all the things my church has used Canva to make as well as some tips to get the most out of this amazing church media resource!
I'll be the first to admit that in my experience, Canva form templates won't quite meet your needs. Whenever I have made a form for connection cards, prayer request cards, or anything similar, I have had to make a Canva flyer and make my own fields or blank spaces. It's a more hands-on process than just picking a pre-made template and running with it.
But you're in luck! My pastor has agreed to let me share the templates he created for our church forms. Just click the link below for the perfect church form templates you'll ever find in Canva!
Your welcome team is the first in-person impression a guest has of your church. But the church bulletin is the first impression they have of your church service. Why not make a visually compelling brochure that guests (and members) will actually want to look at?
Below are a few templates you can customize that I've created. Two printable tri-folds and one bi-fold. You can choose whichever one you think looks best and will fit your budget to print (keep in mind, the bulletins with large images will cost more to print). I've also included a brochure my pastor created that I think looks awesome!
I made these templates with churches in mind, but don't hesitate to take time to scroll through the templates Canva already has. Want more inspiration? Join our Facebook group and ask other church leaders to show off their brochures!
Raise your hand if you've fallen asleep at your church's annual meeting! I certainly have.
The problem is that many churches see the annual meeting as a mere business obligation. But your annual meeting is one of the biggest opportunities to engage your members!
It all starts with creating a report that showcases all the ministry milestones your church witnessed last year and everything you're excited about next year. Use Canva's annual report templates to put together great-looking reports that people will actually read (and not throw in the trash that evening).
Having visually appealing media is a must when sharing the Gospel. The message is what's important, but conveying it with great visual aids helps your audience better retain the life-changing lessons God wants them to hear.
You can use Canva design templates to make your sermon title image and sermon slides look incredibly professional. If you've been using Powerpoint until now, this will take your sermon presentation to new heights. These slides will help you tell the story of the Gospel in new ways.
Canva has taken its design options further by letting you create designs for tangible things. Use the creative designs to make fun things your church members will love.
t-shirts and hoodies: Now your people can spread the word about your church as they go about their day!
stickers: I've used stickers to turn cups and bottles I own into church-branded items. But members can also use them as bumper stickers and window decals on their cars.
bags: Tote bags are a fun way to round out your church swag. Plus, your people will need something to carry all the other fun church swag you're making!
mugs: My wife and I start every morning with a hot cup of freshly-ground coffee. And we love drinking it from our church mugs! My pastor made them for all first-time guests. Consider making some for your guests and members alike!
water bottles: Help your members 1) stay hydrated, 2) remember that Jesus is the water of life, and 3) think of your church throughout the day!
Pro-tip: You can order your designs right from Canva! However, I recommend you download the designs and shop around for better prices. Ordering from Canva is more convenient, but may not be the most budget-friendly.
There are so many other things you can use Canva to design for your church! Social media, infographics, and website layout are all projects you can take on with Canva. The possibilities are limited only to your imagination. Whenever you need something designed for your church, my advice is to always turn to Canva first before you shell out serious cash to have it designed by a professional.
Watch the video we did below where we demonstrate how to use these templates and take a deep dive into more ways Canva templates for church leaders will transform the visual media of your ministry.
Get Canva for FREE: Canva offers their Pro subscription for FREE to nonprofits. Apply now to start using this awesome resource to share the Gospel!
Brand Hub: Once you get the Pro subscription, add your logo, fonts, and color palette to the Brand Hub so you can easily add those details to everything you create. Need a logo, font pairing, or color palette for your church? Read our FREE Church Branding Tools post for great resources.
Brand Templates: You can also create your own templates in Canva. Once you land on a design you like, save it as a brand template to use again for future images. That way you won't waste time looking for that template again or have to find another template you like.
Resize: This is your time-saving secret weapon. With a Pro subscription, you can quickly resize your images to fit another format. Take your sermon title card and resize it for an Instagram post, phone wallpaper, and more! Not only does this save you time, but it will really make you look like a graphic design pro.
Canva will make you look like a graphic design pro, even if you have no experience at all. It's that powerful and easy! Just make sure to sign your church up for their FREE Pro subscription.
Browse their designs and see all the ways you can create great visual content for your church or ministry.
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