Sermon Design

I’m in love with the process that puts artwork and design into the sermon presentation. Far too often, design work in the Church fits one of two molds. It is either an afterthought, hastily concocted without much thought or discussion or its farmed out to a professional who knows very little about the event or message. We can do better than that.

I would like to personally make it my mission to increase your ability to make good sermon graphics. With that in mind, I’m going to start providing instruction and examples about sermon artwork. I’ll give you tutorials on making them and introductions to tools across the internet that will make it easier to produce good work.

In this brief introduction, I’d like to give you several examples of recent work I’ve used at the Tompkinsville Church of Christ to help set the stage for our future collaborations. (*All of these images can be downloaded by merely clicking on them.)

These first few examples are designs that use vector art to produce something that seems more cartoonish. While modern design tends to trend towards the realistic, being whimsical or fun is not always out-dated. As long as you can use the content in a way that connects the idea to the image, you’ve got something worthwhile. These sermons discussed topics ranging from habits (Home Wreckers), racism (The Problem with Different), OT worship (You Lost Me at Leviticus), all the way to the life of Jonah (Into the Deep).


The images below fit the mold of realistic design based on simple imagery. As mentioned above, the image must fit the idea behind the sermon or the series. These lessons dealt with serious topics like blasphemy (Oh My G – -) and suffering (Bad Things, Good People). In those moments, a somber tone and image were used to convey the seriousness of the message. The series based on the lives of Paul the Apostle (Chosen) and OT characters like Abraham, Noah, and Elijah (Big Shoes to Fill) were meant to be inspiring.


I’d love to help you with your sermon design work. Let me know how I can help by sending an email to this link.


About The Merger

The Merger began when Neal Mathis and Matthew Higginbotham sat down to write together. Since then, it's blossomed into so much more. The Merger is meant to be a place where faith and life meet. In these stories, we hope you'll find deep theological value right alongside life-changing practical advice.

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