Sermon Manager


Sermon Manager is the #1 WordPress Sermon Plugin

Sermon Manager is designed to help churches easily publish sermons online. The features include:

  • Add Speakers, Series, Topics, Books and Service Types
  • Attach MP3 files as well as PDF, DOC, PPT.
  • Embed video from popular providers such as Vimeo or YouTube
  • Attach images to sermons, series, speakers and topics
  • Super flexible shortcode system
  • Bible references integrated via for easy text viewing
  • Works with any theme and can be customized to display just the way you like. You’ll find the template files in the /views folder. You can copy these into the root of your theme folder and customize to suit your site’s design.
  • iTunes podcasting support for all sermons, plus each sermon series, preachers, sermon topics, or book of the Bible!

Popular Shortcodes

  • [sermons] – This will list the 10 most recent sermons.
  • [sermons per_page=”20″] – This will list the 20 most recent sermons.
  • [sermon_images] – This will list all sermon series and their associated image in a grid.
  • [list_sermons] – This will list all series or speakers in a simple unordered list.
  • [latest_series] – This will display information about the latest sermon series, including the image, title (optional), and description (optional).
  • [sermon_sort_fields] – Dropdown selections to quickly navigate to all sermons in a series or by a particular speaker.

For more information on each of these shortcodes please visit our website.

Expert Support

The Sermon Manager is available as a FREE download however in order to maintain a free version we offer support packages for those who need any assistance. Paid support means you get exclusive access to the Sermon Manager forum as well as support tickets. This is also a way you can donate to the project to help us offer prompt support and a free version of the plugin.

You can access the paid support options via our website.


Would you like to help develop Sermon Manager or help us spot bugs? This project is on GitHub

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  • Sermon Details
  • Sermon Files


Installation is simple:

  1. Just use the “Add New” button in Plugin section of your WordPress blog’s Control panel. To find the plugin there, search for ‘Sermon Manager’
  2. Activate the plugin
  3. Add a sermon through the Dashboard
  4. To display the sermons on the frontend of your site, just visit the if you have permalinks enabled or if not. Or you can use the shortcode [sermons] in any page.
  5. Visit WP for Church for support.


Installation Instructions

Installation is simple:

  1. Just use the “Add New” button in Plugin section of your WordPress blog’s Control panel. To find the plugin there, search for ‘Sermon Manager’
  2. Activate the plugin
  3. Add a sermon through the Dashboard
  4. To display the sermons on the frontend of your site, just visit the if you have permalinks enabled or if not. Or you can use the shortcode [sermons] in any page.
  5. Visit WP for Church for support.
How do I display sermons on the frontend?

Visit the if you have permalinks enabled or if not. Or you can use the shortcode [sermons] in any page.

How do I create a menu link?

Go to Appearance => Menus. In the “Custom Links” box add “” as the url and “Sermons” as the label; click “Add to Menu”.

I wish Sermon Manager could…

We are open to suggestions to make this a great tool for churches! Submit your feedback at WP for Church

More Questions?

Visit the plugin homepage


Working great for us

This sermon manager is works very well for my church. I’m blown away that it’s available for free.

The move to version 2 had a small hiccough, but was easily fixed. I’m looking forward to seeing continued development.

New developers – MUCH better

This is a good plugin, which was let down with bad support.
Now a new developer has taken over, and they are fixing bugs quickly, and providing excellent support. I am really happy about this new direction, and I have no doubt that things will keep improving.
Thanks Igor and the team.

Igor was great!

Hi Guys, this company is going through transition as it recently has new management…and as such, of course there will be a little bit of mess. This is still the best sermon app out there for wordpress (i have researched alot), and this app was down for quite a bit, but Igor was great in helping us troubleshoot the issue. We are now back up and running, and a super happy customer!

They are back on their feet! I think any issues will have support shortly, just be patience!!!

No support

Two requests for support for bug causing crash. One stock reply did not address problem. Problem remains. Recent reply from support indicates they are working on bug fixes and asked for patience. We’ll take their comments at face-value and eagerly await the bug fix.

Excellent Plugin and Support

I originally had given this plugin a 1 star rating because the support at that time was horrible. Since the new ownership has taken over however, my rating has changed to a 5. I have had a few contacts with Igor and every time the response was prompt and very helpful. I have watched the changes in the company since the change and am very impressed. I highly recommend Sermon Manager and WP for Church. The future looks very bright for them.

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Contributors & Developers

“Sermon Manager” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Add orderby argument for [sermons] shortcode. How to use:
  • Add an option to switch between the old and the new MP3 player
  • Fix some cases where PodCast feed is invalid


  • Fix crash on PHP <5.5 (for real this time)
  • Fix sermon MP3 file name while downloading


  • Fix crash on PHP <5.5


  • Fix podcast feed date being invalid when used on website with non English language
  • Fix crashing on older PHP versions


  • Allow Sermon Manager usage on old PHP versions
  • Fix shortcode not working


  • Fix plugin crashing. Add missing files.
  • Remove old screenshots


  • Fix book sorting bug
  • Fix issue where podcast enclosures are sometimes duplicated
  • Fix sermon topics custom view not loading
  • Fix dashboard icon not displaying
  • Fix not displaying correct sermon dates
  • Fix parenthesis displaying when service type is not specified
  • Fix not loading over HTTPS
  • Add date fixing feature – should fix most of date-related bugs
  • Add a new player for MP3 files
  • Add PodTrac Support (thanks @reykroona)
  • Add warning if user is using PHP version less than 5.6.0
  • Simplify shortcodes


  • Fix another date error
  • Revert fix for “fatal error with date processing”, since it caused issues for some users
  • Fix video width being too wide
  • Fix microphone issue


  • Fixed fatal error with date processing
  • Fixed some PHP 7 warnings
  • Added better shortcode book sorting


  • Fix date warning in the Date Preached column
  • Fix downloads not showing notes and bulletin
  • Fix taxonomy images not working on new installs
  • Fix various bug fixes with feeds
  • Fix Yoast SEO XML sitemap not working with SM – Please re-save settings and permalinks
  • Fix image chooser not opening correctly when user clicks on series/preacher image (browser cache might need to be cleared)


  • Fix: Sermon Archive shortcode wasn’t displaying properly


  • Fixed error where saving anything in admin caused a php notice
  • Fixed setting page and notice to re-save settings even after user had saved
  • Updated sermon archive to show new sermon sorting fields function


  • Fixed error causing sermons views to not count
  • Fixed several issues with classes being called improperly


  • Fixed legacy support and functionality for video embed
  • Fixed podcast error causing duplicate entries


  • Fixed backwards compatibility issues
  • Fixed issue with service type dropdown


  • Massive update to core code with php7 compatibility
  • Bulletin file upload
  • Updated dependency libraries
  • Updated Views
  • Use YouTube/Vimeo link (with legacy support for old video embeds)


  • Bugfix podcast title is fixed in WP 4.4
  • Multiple non-fatal errors have been fixed


  • Bugfix podcast title is taken from Settings Page
  • Bugfix podcast no longer has any missing sermons
  • Bugfix properly strip html from podcast summary


  • Bugfix trailing / removed from podast feed
  • Bugfix don’t include enclosure in podcast if there is no audio file
  • Bugfix [list_sermons] order/orderby attributes now work as expected
  • Bugfix hide_nav works correctly in the [sermons] shortcode
  • Bugfix setting defaults on activation now works correctly


  • now actions are used to load sermon content in a theme: sermon_single & sermon_excerpt. This makes it easy to override the content by removing the default action and adding your own custom action.
  • Bugfix sermon_images shortcode now displays the description correctly
  • Added podcast feed for service types


  • improve setting MP3 duration; allow user to edit duration if not set accurately



  • NEW FEATURE: Podcast feeds for every Preacher, Service Type, Series, Bible Book, and Topic.
  • NEW FEATURE: New shortcode to display the latest sermon series image [latest_series] (many options including displaying by service type)
  • NEW FEATURE: Admin columns are now sortable – props to @khornberg
  • NEW FEATURE: All media is now uploaded to a custom folder /sermons/ under /uploads. This will allow easier media management and exclusion from backups (if desired)
  • Remove mediaelement audio player and use the built in mediaelement (now requires WordPress 3.6+)
  • Remove dependency on wp-pagenavi for shortcode pagination
  • Resolved issue with media player not displaying with shortcodes


  • require WordPress 3.6+
  • use built in mediaelement player


  • fixed errors with saving settings for some users (remove dependency on CURL)


  • improved podcasting performance – props @livingos
  • cleaned up options page with tabs, added hooks for other plugins to hook into the option page.
  • fixed bug causing sermons to display 2x


  • updated the way attachments are displayed. Now they will be available for download even if not attached to the sermon.
  • fix sermon-images shortcode


  • compatibility with WordPress 3.6


  • disable a filter that was causing problems in some themes (added in 1.7)


  • fix a few bugs introduced in 1.7


  • Improved many areas of the code; organized files
  • Made a new permalink structure possible with a common base slug across all taxonomies, e.g. sermons/preacher or sermons/series.
  • Added new template tag for the podcast url
  • Add series, preacher, topic, and book to post class
  • Trim taxonomy description in Admin
  • Improve widget CSS
  • Add missing filter for template files
  • Add template tags to show preacher and series info on individual sermons
  • Allow service type to be empty
  • Use date option set in WordPress settings instead of hardcoded format
  • Resolve $wpfc_entry_views error with PHP 5.4
  • Cleaned up CSS ids and classes to be compliant code


  • Improved localization & added French translation
  • Updated mediaelements.js to the latest version
  • Change Service Types to a custom taxonomy so you can add/edit as you wish (you’ll see an admin notice to refresh your database)


  • Added comma separator in case of multiple speakers or multiple series
  • Added speaker name to widget
  • Added “sort by Book” to sermon sort fields


  • Fix settings for


  • Added an action ‘wpfc_settings_form’ to add fields to the settings page
  • Fixed bug with sermon topic dropdown


  • Properly prefixed the entry views function to prevent conflicts


  • Only load admin scripts and styles on Sermon pages


  • Improve CSS for Chrome
  • Add the option to include the audio player in archive view
  • Fix display issues on some themes in archive view


  • Improve page navigation styles with shortcode
  • Improve admin interface & added a “Sermon Notes” field
  • Fixed the views count for sermons
  • Update function to add images to series & preachers
  • Added podcasting with iTunes
  • Properly enqueueing all JavaScript and CSS
  • New template tags for easier theme customization
  • Added new taxonomy “Book of the Bible” to allow easy sorting of sermons
  • Display a grid of images assigned to speakers or series with a new shortcode [sermon-images]
  • Display a list of sermon series, preachers, sermon topics, or book of the Bible with a new shortcode [list-sermons]


  • Bug fix with menu not showing in some themes


  • Bug fix with Service Type not saving correctly


  • Added a settings page
  • Now translation ready!
  • Added styling to the Recent Sermons Widget
  • Added featured image to individual sermons
  • Added images to sermon topics
  • Created new functions to render sermon archive listing and single sermons
  • Added better sorting fields on archive page
  • Added shortcode to insert sort fields – sermon_sort_fields


  • Enhanced shortcode to allow for Ajax pagination
  • Requires a plugin for pagination in shortcode to work:



  • Now you can add images to sermon series and preachers!
  • Widget now includes the sermon date
  • Added icons for audio and video attachments


  • Theme developers can add support for sermon manager to their theme with add_theme_support( 'sermon-manager' ); in functions.php. For now, this will disable the loading of the jwplayer javascript
  • Bug fix to load javascript for sermon player and verse popups on single sermon pages only
  • minor CSS fix to increase font size of popup Bible passages


  • bug fixes so everything saved correctly when doing autosave, quick edit, and bulk edit
  • minor CSS fix for icon to display with additional files


  • bug fixes to templating system
  • minor CSS fixes


  • New much improved templating system!
  • Bug fixes related to the loading of javascript and CSS


  • Fixes related to WordPress 3.3; takes advantage of new tinymce editor


  • Added WYSIWYG editor to the sermon description field


  • Added Widgets


  • Bug Fixes


  • initial public release