How to Transcribe Sermons

Many churches now upload their sermons to Sermon Audio, YouTube, or other services to reach members staying at home, out of town, or even believers around the world…

The beauty of broadcasting on the Internet is that you can reach people far beyond the boundaries of your local congregation. Your sermons may introduce them to the Gospel for the first time and encourage them to find a church in their own area.

There are many benefits to publishing the transcripts of your sermons. This article explains several:

The Benefits of Sermon Transcriptions for Pastors and Preachers

If you upload your sermons to YouTube, you may be able to generate a free transcript using YouTube’s own processes. This one-minute video shows you how to extract an audio transcript from most any video:

Easiest Way to Download YouTube Transcript

If you don’t use YouTube, or want a more powerful feature set, then there are software services that can automatically create audio transcripts from audio or video files. They are sophisticated, using artificial intelligence to make best guesses and eliminate the need for a professional transcriptionist. 

The programs aren’t free, but if you want to incorporate regular transcription into your church’s routine for publishing on your website, then they will likely be much cheaper than hiring a professional to do the work.

One such program is Trint:

It offers a free 7-day trial. You can upload up to three audio/video files to test out the service. 

Posting transcripts of your pastor’s sermons along with the video or audio file is a good way to keep your website up to date with the search engines and relevant to people moving into the area looking for a church to join.

One final note: my apologies for the missing tips the last several weeks. I was out of town on an extended work trip and fell behind.