3 Effective Ways to Integrate AI Into Your Church

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a topic of both fascination and controversy, stirring conversations across various sectors, including the Church. While the potential of AI to transform our daily lives is undeniable, it also raises ethical and philosophical questions, particularly in contexts like the church, where the human touch and spiritual discernment are paramount. However, when approached with caution and the right mindset, AI can become a powerful tool to enhance church operations, streamline tasks, and even deepen spiritual engagement—without crossing the lines of replacing the irreplaceable… the Holy Spirit.

One useful analogy is to think of AI as an intern: eager to assist, capable of handling a variety of tasks, but still requiring oversight and final judgment from a human mentor. This approach ensures that while AI can save considerable time and effort, it never operates unchecked, safeguarding the church’s values and mission. 

Here are three effective ways to integrate AI into your church, so you can start to save hours each week, but retain full control over the final deliverable.

1. Create a Discussion Guide Based Completely on the Sermon.

Leveraging AI to analyze your weekly sermon and generate a comprehensive discussion guide can revolutionize small group meetings or bible studies. This is really simple but can save a ton of time. Here are the steps:

  • Open ChatGPT 
  • Paste in the sermon transcript
  • Ask CHatGPT to create the guide.

Tip: Talk to ChatGPT like you would if you were telling a 12-year-old to make this guide. Give it all the instructions. Tell it exactly what you want the guide to be used for and what you want included in the guide. 

2. Create a Blog Post That is SEO Optimized.

AI can assist by crafting blog posts that are not only inspired by your sermon, but are also optimized for search engines (SEO). This means more people are likely to find your content online, helping to spread your church’s message far and wide. By inputting a few key details about your topic, AI can suggest content structures, keywords, and even draft posts that resonate with your audience while ensuring visibility on platforms like Google.

3. Find Engaging Quotes from the Sermon.

Capturing the most impactful moments of a sermon can be a powerful tool for engagement on social media and in other communications. AI can take your sermon’s transcript and identify potent, share-worthy quotes that encapsulate key messages or inspirational insights. These quotes can then be used in newsletters, social media posts, or visual materials, helping to keep the congregation connected with the church’s teachings throughout the week and attracting interest from potential new members.

Tip: Tell ChatGPT what sort of content your audience engages with most. It will use your input to find moments that are best for your church.

Incorporating AI into church operations can open up new avenues for efficiency so you and your staff can save time to do more important things. By strategically deploying AI tools in areas like content creation, discussion facilitation and engagement, churches can spend more time doing human things. Your church leaders and volunteers can focus more on ministry, community building and making disciples—areas where the human touch is irreplaceable. By adopting AI with a mindful approach, it’s possible to embrace innovation while staying true to your church’s mission.

Corey Alderin
Corey Alderin

Corey Alderin has been building software and a social media presence for over 10 years. His latest platform, Sermon Shots, has made it simple for any church to leverage their sermons to create content for social media.