The Corona virus has changed our everyday lives tremendously: we don’t work the way we used to and we don’t socialize the way we used to. Many restrictions have been put in place, and the everyday life of many people is undergoing constant change, based on these unpredictable circumstances. This is not only a challenge for the society at large, but also for every individual on a personal level, each one of us has to find the strength and courage to adapt to new way of functioning, we have to find the balance between continuing to participate in the communal life, our work and social duties, and keeping ourselves and people close to us, our families and friends safe. Religion is an even more important social factor in turbulent times like these. Churches and religious congregations are doing their best to help people find balance, hope, faith and peace of mind, and they are constantly finding new ways to offer their services to the community. Many religious congregations have started operating in the virtual world, by recording their sermon and making it accessible online, which was received by the believers with open arms. The attendance of online sermons is rising day by day, as times become more confusing and unpredictable. Having a safe harbor and consolation in your faith and your religious group is an important factor that can help alleviate some of the symptoms of various restrictions, and give people renewed hope that these troubled times will pass. Sermons are recorded in an audio or video format and shared on webpages, and some churches also offer direct live streams of their sermons, in order to help people, maintain regularity and structure of their lives.
As we said, churches are actively adjusting to the situation and the age of digitalization. There is an important step here that merits further consider, a method of making the content that churches are providing more accessible and easier to find. In this article we will examine how transcriptions of church sermons could be a great help for both the church institutions and their followers. Let us take a look into the waste world of transcription and how priests and their congregation could both benefit by the use of transcription services.
Transcribe a Sermon
We all now know that churches record their sermons, so audio or even video recordings of sermons (either as live stream or upload later on) aren’t a rarity anymore. There is a way for the churches to disseminate their message even further, to make their recordings more accessible and easier to find online, which is especially important in these turbulent times when a lot of people have to stay at home and would benefit greatly from some wise words of consolation and hope. There is an easy method to do that, and it involves a couple of simple steps. Churches have the option to send the recordings of their sermons to a reliable transcription service provider, who will in turn transcribe their audio or a video file, and return them the written version of the sermon in the form of a precise transcription. These types of transcription are called sermon transcripts. These transcripts can then be uploaded as an alternative to the recording or even parallel to the recording. This way the church community can have more access to the sermon, in various formats, which at these times can be very important.
The goal is to help the community
Most churches make one important sermon per week, and their main goal is to instruct people into how to live a more fulfilled life by letting God be part of it. Providing the congregation with an access to a precise transcription of a sermon can help with that in various different ways. As already mentioned, they make the sermon more accessible, so that also believers who are hearing impaired have the chance to hear the sermon. Also, a sermon in a written form is going to be easier to share which means more people can participate. Reading a text tends to be faster than listening to someone saying it, so people will have the option to consume the content of the sermon even if they are on a tight schedule. A recorded sermon doesn’t do much in terms of SEO, since Google doesn’t recognize the recorded content, their crawlers only search the written content. Having a written transcript of the sermon in addition to the audio or video file is very useful, because the written text is full of crucial keywords which will boost the SEO rating of the sermon and therefore reach a larger audience. Another very good advantage of transcripts is that it helps with comprehension for those members of the community who don’t speak English as their first language. It is easier to understand and to check the unknown vocabulary when a text is written instead of when it is just told. Last, but not least, transcripts make it easier for the priests and pastors to repurpose their content. This means that they can easily find memorable quotes in a searchable written text and publish those quotes as inspiring statuses on Facebook, Tweeter, the homepage of the church etc.
There are many transcription service providers to choose from: which one should it be?
Although it may seem daunting at first, it is really not so complicated to transcribe audio or video recordings of sermons. You only need to make sure that the recording has a good sound quality. When this precondition is met, you can start looking for a reliable transcription service provider. We will point out a few things for you to take into consideration when choosing an adequate transcription service provider for your sermon:
You have chosen Gglot! How to order a transcription?
We hope that this short presentation of the potential uses of transcription services was useful for you. If your church organizations want to order a sermon transcription through Gglot transcription services, the procedure is quite straightforward, and there are no complicated technical issues that would require additional effort. It just takes a couple of steps:
First, visit our website and upload your audio or video recording of the sermon. Gglot has technical capabilities to accept and transcribe files of various formats, so there is no need to worry about the technical aspects.
Make sure to let us know if you want the so-called verbatim transcription which means that all sound will be included in the transcription, for example, filler words, various background comments or side remarks.
After analyzing the file, Gglot will calculate the price for the transcription of your audio or video, which is usually based on the length of the recording. If you chose to proceed, you are basically done. Our experts will do the rest, employing not only their vast experience and varied skillsets, but also the advanced transcription technology, through which every word that was spoken on your sermon will be accurately noted and transcribed. Your sermon transcription will be available before you know it. Another very useful feature we provide is that before you download the transcribed file, you have the option to edit the file and make any modifications that you think might help to make the transcript even more useful for you and your congregation. Try out the transcription services Gglot provides, and we are sure that you will delight your church community and your followers with a precise, easy to read transcription of your sermon.