Here’s a list of all of our recommended resources and tools that we use. It took us years of trial and error and research to find the reliable tools that we were looking for. We wished it could have been in one simple place for us to find, and now that’s just what we did for you. Search no more, we’ve done all of the work for you.

A quick note, we are affiliates for some of the resources so when you purchase something through one of our links, we may receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost any extra for you and rest assured, we only recommend products and services that we have had experience with or have researched extensively to assure their quality. Our desire is to provide you with the best tools that will bring you the most success in your work. We hope that this page can be a blessing to you.














Photography Resources


Software + Editing

Stock Photography

Photo booth

Photo Prints


Software + Editing

Photo Mechanic

Culling through photos has never been faster. Zoom in and out to check focus on photos in a flash, two times faster than Lightroom. We pull our camera cards right into Photo Mechanic, tag the ones we want to edit, and then pull them into a Lightroom catalog for the magic to happen.


The ultimate photo editing software. Adobe knows what they are doing. Save time by applying the same edits to your whole photo catalog at one time with Lightroom’s magical synch button. Easy, intuitive, and organized.


Our favorite preset by Mastin Labs that we use on all of our photos is Fujicolor pushed. We love getting their weekly articles with helpful hints and tricks for photography and editing in Lightroom!

Pass Plus

A FREE way to share your photos with your clients, or with other creatives. It beautifully lays out your photos for you and even has the option of creating a professional cover photo for your album. You can share the link or email your clients right from the webpage gallery. Say goodbye to google drive, and say hello to a professional portfolio.



100% FREE high-resolution image for download from professional photographers from around the world. Need we say more? Type in the search bar what you are looking for, and they have it. We love their amazing landscape images, people photography, and background images. The shot above was found by typing in sunset mountain.


Faith-Based, Royalty-Free Christian stock photos, and stock vectors. Great for church themed photos around worship, prayer, small groups, and family. These images are graphic ready and cheese free.

Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is the place we go to for amazing backgrounds and vectors. They literally have everything you can think of. Look no further because they’re bound to solve your search in just a few minutes.

Photo booth setup


DSLR Booth Software
Any decent computer can work, though a touchscreen like this one works nicely.

Photo Prints

Costco Photo Center

Costco is just a short drive or a few clicks away. If we are ever in a pinch to get canvases or photo prints done, Costco is our go-to reliable, speedy place. You really can’t beat their prices on canvases or prints either!


We love and trust the quality of our photo prints with mpix. We especially love their matte board feature to add a backing onto your photos if needed for any display walls or signage around your church facility.

Video Resources


Video Equipment


Stock Video

Video Hosting


Final Cut Pro X

This is currently my (Andrei’s) editing software of choice. The main reason is purely for speed and efficiency. That’s how FCPX was designed. I also love the magnetic timeline. I can crank out projects very quickly with it. If speed and efficiency are of the essence with your projects, I would highly recommend checking out FCPX.

Adobe Suite

The strength of Adobe’s products is how well they can integrate with one another. Within Premiere, you can open a clip to After Effects or Photoshop, edit it, and then when you save it, the clip automatically updates in your timeline in Premiere. That integration is super convenient and a major selling point for Premiere in my opinion.

Davinci Resolve

If you’re looking for the best FREE editing program, look no further because this is it! It’s completely jam-packed with anything you would ever need. You can edit your video, then do advanced visual effects, audio post-production, and color grading all in the same app! The fact that it’s free is crazy! It might seem overwhelming at first, but they have tons of free tutorials, so if you take some time to learn it, you’ll quickly become a pro.

Highland 2

When you’re planning a video, it’s always good to start with a script. Highland 2 is a clean and simple screenwriting program that you can download and use for free. We’ve used it for a few of our videos and have found it to be very simple, intuitive, and easy to use.

Genesis Technologies

If you work for a church that has a 501c3 status, you can get significant discounts on select software. We’ve used Genesis Technologies for many of our software purchases and have always had a great experience. If you work for a church, check it out, create an account, and get those discounts!

Audio Software


Adobe makes great products. Audition is a fully comprehensive audio editing program, able to do just about anything you’d want and is fairly easy to work with. It’s great for editing weekend messages and preparing them for posting. You can even pull videos into it and do audio mixing for your projects. This program has powerful capabilities. You can get the app either by itself or with the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.


Fairlight is a high end digital audio workstation that has been integrated into the Davinci Resolve software. It has an incredibly impressive set of features for doing post-production for videos. Just about everything you would ever need. The most impressive feature is that it’s absolutely FREE! It might look overwhelming at first, but there are many tutorials on how to get started. It’s hands down the most feature-rich audio program that you can get for FREE.


If you have a mac and you’re looking for something simple and free, GarageBand is a great place to start. Apple has designed it to be simple and intuitive. It’s limited in its features when it comes to videos, but for editing sermons, it can get the job done.


If you’re a Windows user and you need something very simple and free, Audacity is a good option. It will give you the features you need to edit down sermon audio. It doesn’t have a lot of features, but it gets the job done.

Video Equipment – Our Gear

Music Licensing

YouTube Audio Library

When you create a Youtube account, you instantly get access to a massive FREE audio library! We would use a lot of songs from here for video announcements. You might have to sort through a lot to find one that fits well, but hey, it’s free!


When I (Andrei) was starting out, I got most of my music here. The prices per song are the cheapest you can find. The really great songs are few and far between, so be prepared to spend a fair amount of time searching, but if you’re on a tight budget, it’s a great option.

Premium Beat

PremiumBeat makes licensing nice and simple by providing one flat rate per song ($49) and allowing you to use it on an unlimited amount of projects. They have a really great selection.
Bonus: They have a small selection of songs that are absolutely FREE!


Church on the Move released a catalog of FREE resources full of content that they created for their church. They have a library of free music tracks that are high-quality and can work for a variety of videos. One thing to note, these resources are only available to churches.


Subscriptions are very popular nowadays. There are a lot of options out there but we have found Soundstripe to be potentially the best bang for the buck. They offer a great selection of high-quality tracks. If you’re regularly creating videos, this is a very cost-effective option since you pay one flat fee for the year and then have access to unlimited tracks. We’ve had great success with using SoundStripe for many of my videos.


If money were no object, we would go with MusicBed every time. They only work with the best of the best. If you want to use music from the likes of Hillsong or Bethel Music, you can license them here! Not exactly budget-friendly, but you’re getting the best. We’ve primarily used MusicBed for the more important videos that we’ve done. We even just browse their selection just for inspiration, especially their cinematic pieces. Hands down, you can’t beat MusicBed’s quality.

Stock Video

Storyblocks Video

It’s a paid subscription that gives you access to thousands of royalty-free videos. We use this a lot! The variety of footage can really help give your videos more production value. $200 for a whole year and you get access to thousands of shots that potentially would’ve cost thousands of dollars to capture. They also have After Effects templates that you can use if you’re creating sermon opener videos.


If you need high-quality faith-focused video clips, Lightstock is the place. They have clips of Jesus, worship services, small groups, people praying, etc. They have a wide selection that would add a lot value to any video you create. When you sign up for a free account, you also receive a free video and photo each month!


Pond5 has a wide variety of clips for a wide variety of prices. Many of their clips are very affordable. They also release a FREE clip every week! Now that’s a great deal! Make sure to subscribe to their email to be notified. They also release a lot of great articles about filmmaking.


High-quality stock footage that comes in packs around the same theme. It’s subscription-based and they even have non-profit pricing. You can also purchase one pack for $49, which isn’t bad considering you get a collection of high production quality clips around the same theme. If you do a free trial, you can get over 100 clips for FREE!


Some of the most affordable stock videos you can find! They also offer an affordable subscription that includes templates, stock videos, photos, and audio tracks. We’ve used several Videohive After Effects templates for sermon openers. They’re usually easy to work with and save you a ton of time! Typically you just drop in photos and videos into their designated slots and then you’re done.

Video Hosting


Completely free and easy to work with. If you’re looking for a place to start uploading videos of your sermons, YouTube is the place to do it.


Vimeo Plus is an inexpensive solution that provides a cleaner player if you’re embedding it. You can completely customize what it will look like. Having an account would also give you access to Vimeo’s collection of 1,000 free stock videos.


If you’re looking to start live streaming your services, Livestream is a great solution! They make it very easy with their app to get up and running in no time. It’s possibly the easiest and most cost-effective streaming solution that we’ve found. We’ve been using Livestream for years and have always had a good experience with it. Plus, if you get their Basic Plan, it comes with unlimited video storage! That is a super huge benefit.

Graphic Design & Print Resources



Stock Photos


Signs & Banners




Creative Market

We love creative market fonts! It’s our number one place to go when we want to research a snazzy new font for a message series. Beautiful fonts at affordable prices! Sign up for their free goods that can be delivered right to your inbox! They also have some newly added templates that are stunning design options! They have the best selection of script fonts that we’ve seen yet!


Looking for a free font for personal use? Dafont’s fonts are all free with an easy to use library. Be sure to check if that font is licensed for commercial use if you’d like to use the font on the web.


We get a lot of our san serif fonts from this lovely site. Available licenses for desktop, web, app, and ePub.

Google Fonts

If you’re looking for a vast library of great fonts for FREE, check out Google Fonts!


Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock has some beautiful template design inspiration for anything that you can think of for Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and motion graphics. Our monthly subscription to Adobe Stock has always paid off and saved us so much time.


Looking for an already made ready to use church flyer, brochures, postcards, and connection cards? Look no further. You can do pay as you go credits, or get an annual subscription and save big time.

Church Motion Graphics

Without a doubt our favorite place to get motion backgrounds for worship, but when you get a yearly subscription, you also get access to their full library of message series graphics and the full Photoshop files along with them. And they are PRETTY and stylish. 



100% FREE high-resolution image for download from professional photographers from around the world. Need we say more? Type in the search bar what you are looking for, and they have it. We love their amazing landscape images, people photography, and background images. The shot above was found by typing in sunset mountain.


Faith-Based, Royalty-Free Christian stock photos, and stock vectors. Great for church themed photos around worship, prayer, small groups, and family. These images are graphic ready and cheese free.

Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is the place we go to for amazing backgrounds and vectors. They literally have everything you can think of. Look no further because they’re bound to solve your search in just a few minutes.



Want to know where we got all of the adorable icons at the top of this resource page? We got them all from Most of the icons we used were free minus the photography pack that we bought for just $10.

The Noun Project

Over 2 Million icons, royalty-free. Search away to find what you’re looking for, completely free of charge!


Feather is a collection of simply beautiful open source icons. Each icon is designed on a 24×24 grid with an emphasis on simplicity, consistency and readability.

signs & banners

Retractable Banner

The most cost-effective and durable banners we’ve found out there. This banner comes with a stand, and even a case to carry it in. We always get the economy version, and never order it without a sale unless we’re in a time crunch. VistaPrint is known for amazing sales and promo codes just about all of the time.

Wall Decals

We use for custom vinyl lettering, custom wall decals, and custom window decals. Work with a designer free of charge to get your decals just right for your space. Send over your high-resolution PDF of your design and you are on your way. Custom vinyl lettering shown above. You may need two people and a laser level to install larger decals. 

Pop Signs

We’ve met with the owner of this business personally, and let’s just say their story and heart behind their business is GOLD. You can meet Sam and his wife at and read all about their story. Sam is now the Creative Director of VOUS Church in Miami, Florida. These signs will FOR SURE take your greeting team to the whole next level. You can customize each sign color and put your logo on each sign. These signs make outdoor events FUN and full of COLOR. Follow their Instagram for inspiration. 

Fabric pop-up displays

We’ve seen these pop-up display banners all over the place, and they make a STATEMENT. Fabric Pop-Up Displays are a HUGE way to grab attention and they are so easy to set up! Perfect for an Information Center or Children’s Ministry room.


Looking for durable weatherproof signs? These Signicades are not only waterproof, but they are also wind resistant as you can fill them with sand to weigh them down. Make parking easy, clear, and stylish for your guests.


We ordered the 30” by 48” banners, and have left them up for permanent parking labeling. These banners are heavy-duty and weather resistant. Be sure to check with whoever installed the parking lot poles to see if your poles can support the weight of the banners before placing an order.


Business cards

We love the Premium Plus Business Cards from VistaPrint! 18-pt UV glossy or matte paper. Sturdy and durable. Polished and professional.


Get matching letterhead, envelopes, and offering envelopes from Radiant Printing. Competitive pricing and quality you can count on. 


Get matching letterhead, envelopes, and offering envelopes from Radiant Printing. Competitive pricing and quality you can count on. 


We love this soft-touch pen. The executive barrel colors, double grip rings, and wide click top make for a contemporary look to showcase your brand.



We go to Threadbird for all of our t-shirt needs. Our favorite t-shirt for baptism and all of our t-shirt event needs is the Gildan 64000 for adults and the Gildan 2000B for youth sizes.


We shopped around, and can’t find a more quality wristband for a better price. We order these every year for our prayer and fasting series.




Try a free 30 day trial with to see if it’s for you. If making your own social media graphics in InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator intimidates you, this is a great place to get started. Here you’ll have access to tons of great images, fonts, and it will even let you upload your logo and any content that you want to mix into your graphics without having any design software.


Layout your photos before they appear on Instagram to see what your grid is going to look like! Crafting story through Instagram has never been made easier. And we’ll let you in on a secret, we use the free version and it works amazingly for us! We love UNUM because it also lets us write out all of our captions ahead of time so that social media can be a breeze. Now we plan out our posts for a whole week at a time all in an afternoon so that we can spend less time on social media and more time doing things that we love.


We just can’t beat VSCO edits on our phones. C2 is our all-time favorite go-to. Every photo on our personal social media grids has it on at a low strength. We recommend sticking with the same edit for consistency all throughout your feed.


Wanting to add a link to your Instagram post but don’t know how to? Linktree has made it super simple for you by providing a link that you can put in your Instagram bio that connects your audience to the links you mention in your posts. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Visit Elevation Church’s Instagram page and click the link in their bio to see an example of what link tree can do for you. Did we mention it’s free?


Email Platform



Email Platform


All your contact lists in one easy to organize place. It’s also very user friendly to upload your custom weekly church eNews design to!

Books – Our favorite reading list


Donald Miller is a messaging genius. Glean from his years of experience in the branding business to be able to write captivating content that hits the mark with your target audience.

The Artists Way

WOW. Hands down the best book on uncovering your creativity out there that we would HIGHLY recommend. We have purchased this book for so many of our friends because it has had such a profound impact on us personally. Looking to dive deeper in creativity and removing roadblocks that keep you from being free to create? It’s worth the purchase.

Steal Like an Artist

10 things nobody told you about being creative. This eye-opening book will challenge your notions of what creativity is and help free you up to create. We feel that the principles it contains are foundational for every creative to know.

Born to Create

There is a connection between creativity, your identity, the Church, and the world—and it is an important connection. Creativity is tied to all believers’ identity, all who are made in the image of the Creator, all who are born to create! We love Theresa Dedmon, Creative Arts Director from Bethel Church in Redding, California. We highly recommend checking out all of her resources!

Create Supernaturally

This course was created by Theresa Dedmon, Creative Arts Director from Bethel Church in Redding, California. Series one is about discovering your supernatural creative potential, series two is about transforming church life through creativity, and series three is about building bridges into the community. Learn from Theresa in an easy to use online classroom setting.


We read a section of this book every day. It’s filled with God’s heart for you and prayers and declarations around relationships, finances, church and ministry, business and career, mental and emotional health, restoration and redemption, among other focuses. If you find God’s promises hard to grab a hold of for yourself, saying a section of these declarations out loud every day just might change your life.

Atomic Habits

Want to start new habits but always feel like you’ve failed before you’ve even started? So did we. Until reading this book. James Clear profoundly lays out how you can start to make tiny changes in your life that produce remarkable results. We list to this one every. single. year.

Business Boutique

I (Kelly) absolutely LOVE Christy Wright and her Business Boutique book and podcast. In her book, she takes you through from start to finish how to build a plan to make money doing what you love. Her perspective is so refreshing and she is passionate about teaching women the basics and also the practicals of how they can have a great home and work-life balance. If you have an idea, or even if you don’t have an idea but want to start a business someday, this book will help guide the way.


One of the hardest things that we face is changing people’s opinions and perceptions. This book dives deep into how to effectively motivate change. It’s very engaging and provides a lot of simple and practical tools. If you need to motivate change in your organization or in the people around you, this book will help you tremendously.

Start With Why

Why do companies like Apple have such loyal customers? What makes people buy into an idea? Simon Sinek puts it simply, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” The most successful organizations and individuals define themselves by a central purpose for why they exist, and everything they do flows out of that purpose. The principles in this book will help bring greater clarity, definition, and purpose to your organization and individual life.

Leaders Eat Last

How is it that, regardless of the type of work, some people absolutely love their jobs? What actually motivates people and brings fulfillment to their lives? This book explores what the best organizations and leaders are doing right to build healthy and thriving teams that truly pull together. This is one of the best books on leadership that I have ever read.

The Road Back to You

By now you may have noticed that we are enneagram enthusiasts. We believe that creativity happens best when we know ourselves and those we’re working with on our teams. The Road Back to You is a stellar book for discovering what enneagram number you are, and how to best interact with and develop compassion for those who have different motivations than you.

Victorious Emotions

Victorious Emotions gives powerful, practical strategies to live out Romans 12:2, which says to be transformed by the renewing of the mind. This book is about renovating and reconstructing the pathways and strongholds of our thinking. It explores how our brains create certain belief systems and how to intentionally create new ones. The goal of this book is not to focus on eliminating negative emotions but to build a tidal wave of victorious emotions.

Keep Your Love On

Keep Your Love On reveals the higher, Jesus–focused standard defined by mature love―love that stays ‘on’ no matter what. Danny Silk’s practical examples and poignant stories will leave you with the power to draw healthy boundaries, communicate in love, and ultimately protect your connections so you can love against all odds. As a result, your relationships will be radically transformed for eternity. When you learn to keep your love on, you become like Jesus.



We love VOUS CHURCH! They share so many of their helpful inside tips on their podcast as to how their creative teams all work and plan together. They are super helpful, super fun, and super effective in reaching the next generation with Church media.

iTunes | Spotify | YouTube

elevation church

We love getting inspired by Elevation Church. Every week we tune in to their service live on their app and always leave deeply impacted. We love getting ideas from their stage design, graphics, lighting, creatives videos, and more. Their Christmas Eve services are the BOMB.

iTunes | Spotify | YouTube

Craig Groeschel leadership podcast

Looking to learn more about leadership and effectively leading teams? This podcast has everything from the art of energy management, to the power of moments, to giving and receiving feedback.  It has been SO helpful to us.

iTunes | Spotify | YouTube

Hillsong creative podcast

Get the inside scoop from some of the most creative church artists on the planet led by Creative Directors Cass and Rich Langton.

iTunes | Spotify | YouTube


Want to understand your creative team better? We love a good enneagram podcast, and this one just has to be one of our favorites. We have found that the more that we know and understand the people we work with, the better we will all work together. Compassion is the start of having a greater appreciation for those around you and the way that they think and process. The enneagram is one of the best tools for learning how to do that.