This week we are featuring a series of articles by Pastor Jamie Hart on using technology in ministry.
By Jamie Hart
Creating a Sermon Template
- Open MS Word and start a new, blank document (just opening Word will create a new document).
- On the Home tab, in the Styles group, find the Heading 1 style. (You may need to click the “More” button).
- Right-click the Heading 1 Style button, and choose “Modify.”
- This will open the Modify Style Dialog Box. In the bottom left-hand corner, you will see a “Format” button. For our example, we will format the Font, the Numbering, and the Paragraph settings. So to get started, let’s click “Font.”
- In the Font dialog box, you can make any changes to the font you like. Change the Font type (Arial, Times New Roman, etc.), Font attributes (bold, italics, etc.), and so on. You can also add special formatting effects like small caps in the Effects section. Since the default Heading 1 style in Word ’07 is blue, you may want to change the font color here as well. Once you have made the appropriate changes, simply click OK on the Font dialog box.
- Next, we will change the Paragraph setting. To do this, click on “Format . . .”, then on “Paragraph . . .” in the Modify Style dialog box.
- First, be sure the outline level is set to “Level 1.” It should be set there already by default. Next, I would suggest removing some of the spacing before and after paragraphs. Simply change the spacing before and/or after to “0” (zero). You can simply change it to a lower number if you would like to retain some of the spacing. Now click OK.
- Next, we will apply a Numbering format to this style. Click on the “Format . . .” button again, and choose “Numbering . . .”
- Since this is our Heading 1 style, we will use this style for our main points. I use roman numerals for mine, so I will choose that style. Select the style you would like. And if none of those work (you know, like if you want to use the 1A. numbering system), then choose “Define New Number Format . . .” and do so. Once you have selected your number style, click OK.
- Since all the changes we would like to make to this style are now complete, we will click OK on the Modify Style dialog box.
- Next, right-click Heading 2, and follow the same steps, making the appropriate choices for that style. Keep formatting the different headings as far down as you need to go. If you need more styles than are listed, send me an e-mail and I’ll give you the proper instructions.
Saving the Template
- Click the Office button and click on Save As. (Click on the button itself without worrying about the options in the Office Menu.)
- Toward the bottom of the Save As dialog box, click the “Save As file type” drop-down, and choose “Word Template.”
- On the left side under “Favorite Links” you will see “Templates.” Click on that link. This will place your template in the Templates folder for easier access.
- Type in a name for your template (I use “Sermon”), and click Save.
Using the Template
Now let’s use this!
- Close out any open documents on Word by clicking the Office button and choosing “Close.”
- Click the Office button and choose New. On the New Document dialog box, choose “My Templates” and you should see your new “Sermon” template. Double-click the icon.
- Now watch the magic. Click on your Heading 1 button and type in your first point. Press Enter, and you will see that it returns to your normal style. You can also press Ctrl+Alt+1 on your keyboard to get the heading 1 style., (Ctrl+Alt+2 will give you heading 2 style).
- Type your sermon with the new styles and be amazed at the ease of using a template!