How to Get Alexa to Play Your Church’s Sermons

How to Get Alexa to Play Your Church’s Sermons

June 26, 2019 by

If you don’t have one in your home yet, you’ve likely at least seen the commercials featuring the voice of Alexa on the Amazon Echo smart speakers. These devices allow you to voice commands to your speakers, giving you the ability to play music, control home devices, or get weather updates with the sound of your voice. What if Alexa could connect people to your church?

Here’s a quick video showing how Alexa works if you haven’t interacted with one before.

Teach Alexa a Skill

Recently, Amazon made it much easier for people to design their own “skills” compatible with Alexa, meaning you can create your own Alexa interaction without any coding knowledge. Once I heard about this, I did a bit of research and found a (easy!) way to connect our First MB Church sermons to the Amazon Echo.

If your church is already producing an audio podcast of your messages, you’re only a couple of easy steps away from making this happen:

  1. Start by going here and following the prompts.
  2. You will need your podcast’s RSS feed. Whoever set up your podcast should be able to track this down.
  3. Next, you’ll type in a welcome message that Alexa will speak when people open your skill.
  4. Give your skill a name and fill in a few more details—and that’s it!

We had a few people test the device in their homes before announcing it to the church, but it worked pretty seamlessly for us.

Now you can say “Alexa, open First MB Church,” and you’ll hear our most recent sermon. It probably won’t have a huge response, and a large percentage of people aren’t using these devices yet. But it didn’t take much setup, and it’s a fun and easy way to try something new. Give it a shot. It’s pretty fun to hear Alexa talk about your church.

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Matt Ehresman

Matt has worked in church communication for the past five years where he oversees basically anything anyone ever sees at First MB Church in Wichita, Kan. His wife Tillie dances in the street, sings her sentences, and is an excellent mother to their daughter, Heidi. Matt is also our membership director for Courageous Storytellers.
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