PowerPoint Sermons are about presenting information, usually as text. It logically follows that the fonts you use in your PowerPoint sermon are really important. Unfortunately, it is precisely in this all-important area of fonts that people get bogged down. Sharefaith is serious about great-looking PowerPoints, and maintain high standards in our PowerPoint sermons. We want to tell you how to do the same. Here are six tips to help you as you create your PowerPoint sermons.

Use fonts with a clear contrast to the backdrop. People need to be able to see the fonts in a PowerPoint sermon. It’s fine to use colors for your fonts; just make sure that those colors contrast clearly with the background. Obviously, a red/blue contrast is definite enought, but too jarring for the eye to make sense of. The best form of contrast is between light/dark tones, not necessarily colors.

Good Contrast PowerPoint Font

Readability is important in the contrast of the font.

 

Use fonts that are fairly standard. There is a reason that your computer comes preloaded with a set of basic fonts. These are the most readable fonts for a print medium or for projecting in a PowerPoint. Fancy fonts can be fun, and it’s okay to use them in moderation. Just don’t go overboard. Zany fonts can be really hard to read. Script fonts are dangerous, but can be strategically used, such as in the Jesus Lives Easter Sermon Template.

Use standard fonts.

 

Use only a few fonts. Some people love fonts so much that they feel the need to use a lot of them. Don’t. Using the same fonts consistently isn’t boring; it’s actually very considerate to your viewers. Keep fonts consistent in your PowerPoint sermons.

Multiple fonts are not a good style choice.

 

Don’t use all caps. You probably know that all caps is the typing equivalent of yelling at the top of your lungs. It’s also harder to read. You really don’t need a PowerPoint sermon that yells. Some designers are able to use all-caps strategically, as in the Resurrection Power Sermon PowerPoint but it is a rare tool indeed.

Don't use all caps.

Keep fonts big enough. A common complaint in PowerPoint sermons is that of the size of the text. “It’s too small; we can’t read it in the back.” Rather than asking your people to check their eye prescriptions, check your font size. Font size for PowerPoint sermons depends on the size of the room, the size of the screen, and other factors. However, we recommend that you never use a font smaller than 32-point. You’ll notice that Sharefaith features massive fonts for our PowerPoint sermon lead slides.

This font is too small.

Don’t use Papyrus font. The design industry has a running ridicule of the font, Papyrus. Why? Because it’s way overused. It’s everywhere. Entire websites are devoted to the ridicule of Papyrus fonts. Deep down inside, I kind of like the way that Papyrus looks, but it has outlived it’s usefulness for PowerPoint sermons. Use something else for your PowerPoint sermons.

Papyrus is not a good font to use in your PowerPoint sermon.

 

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5 Responses

  1. Aaron McCullough

    Thanks for the discussion on fonts. Could you guys include which fonts you use with the various PowerPoint, video and backgrounds you produce? It would be helpful for those of us who design to work seamlessly with your products.

    Also, a search by scripture verse reference would also be helpful. For example, any backgrounds, video or PowerPoint that work with John 3:16. I know Pastor Graphics and Graceway Media have this feature and it is very helpful.

    • admin

      Thanks for the comment, Aaron. The including of font names is something that we are considering. We recognize how it would be helpful. Additionally, we’re also considering the Scripture reference search function. Currently, you can search for all designs according to book of the Bible. (E.g., http://www.faithclipart.com/images-templates/philippians.html)

      Thanks for your suggestions! We welcome any input, and these are just the types of helpful suggestions that we appreciate the most. Thank you.

      Blessings,
      The Sharefaith Team

      • admin

        Users,
        Because we have over 3,000 sermon powerpoints, it is impossible for us to go back and add a Font-tag to each description. Most of the fonts we used for the designs are commercial and cannot be transferred. I also don’t believe that a normal church has a budget to shelf out $90-$300 for a font, so including the names will be of little use. That is why Sharefaith does pre-designed templates for each slide. However, since January 2011, we now include in the ZIP image pack a TXT file with the names of the fonts used in the PowerPoint design. So all the latest PowerPoints will now feature a font-list. We cannot however, include font names for projects done before 2011. For older projects, your best option will be to go to a free font site like Dafont.com and try to visually match the Sermon PowerPoint font with a font on the free-font site.

  2. Samuel Evans

    Thank you very much for the information regarding the fonts in power point presentations. I have personally opted to use white writing with black or dark backgrounds and feel that it work pretty good for me. I also believe in the contrasting colors to show clarity and have advised my colleagues to ensure that the words are readable by all viewers. Is there a disadvantage in using the white colored font ans can this become ‘boring to the eyes (viewer) as well?

    Even though I am in the Bahamas, is it acceptable to use Bahamian relative theme for my graphics and how deep into the local graphic inclusion is acceptable?

    • admin

      Good questions, Samuel. A light-colored font is fine, as long as the font is readability. Readability is the most important features. Regarding your question about the Bahama theme in your graphics, as long as it looks presentable and aesthetic, it should be good! Answering questions about what is appropriate for a specific context is best answered by those who live in that context. Thanks!

      -The Sharefaith Team