New To Podcasting?We understand that this whole "podcasting" thing may be new ground for you. Trust us, it may look complex, but you will get the hang of it, especially with PodPoint taking care of the dirty work. Podcasting and new technology can be intimidating, but we are here to help you through it.
Podcasting in a NutshellPodcasting is basically a technology that allows for you, a podcaster, to distribute audio files to your subscribers, or listeners. This differs from simply allowing files for download online because it gives a subscription mechanism for your listeners. When a listener subscribes to your podcast feed, new episodes will automatically be downloaded onto the listeners computer. While an iPod or MP3 player is not necessary in the process, if your listener does has a portable audio device, the new audio files will automatically be transferred to the device the next time it is connected to the computer. And there you have it, the simple concept of a podcast. Easy for you, easy for your listeners.
Churches... Podcasting... do they fit?Churches and ministries fit almost naturally with podcasting. Think about it: what other group already produces content on a weekly basis and has a large audience to listen? Most people starting podcasts have to spend hours thinking about content, recording a show, editing... and even then, they may only have 3 or 4 loyal listeners. Churches already have this cornered with weekly sermons. Editing is not required, and people are there to listen.
The Uses Are EndlessWhile podcasting sermons is the most logical place to start, you can podcast any content you want. Maybe you want a special men's devotional every week, or perhaps you offer announcements via the podcast. Some churches may even use a podcast to release special edition interviews or concerts. The uses for podcasting are endless.
The Audience Is EndlessThe internet has brought you an interesting and never-before seen opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of people. A teenager in London may be dealing with a divorce. She finds PodPoint and ultimately finds a sermon series you did last June about divorce. See? You are reaching people that may never know about, spreading God's truth to every tongue, tribe and nation. And that is what it is all about.
Other ResourcesWikipedia Article on Podcasting
Podcasting Overview on Simply Digital
How to Record a Podcast