Sermon Manager


Sermon Manager is the #1 WordPress Sermon Plugin

Sermon Manager is designed to help churches easily publish sermons online. Some of the features include:

  • Add Speakers, Series, Topics, Books, and Service Types
  • Attach images to sermons, series, speakers, and topics
  • Attach MP3 files as well as PDF, DOC, PPT (or any other type!)
  • Bible references integrated via for easy text viewing
  • Completely integrated with WordPress search
  • Embed video from popular providers such as Vimeo or YouTube
  • Full-featured API for developers (check it out at /wp-json/wp/v2/wpfc_sermon)
  • Full-featured iTunes podcasting support for all sermons, plus each sermon series, preachers, sermon topics, or book of the Bible!
  • Import sermons from other WordPress plugins
  • PHP 5.3+ – you can use Sermon Manager even with older websites!
  • PHP 7.2 ready – Sermon Manager is 100% compatible with latest PHP version
  • Super flexible shortcode system
  • Supports 3rd party plugins such as Yoast SEO, Jetpack, etc
  • Quick and professional free and paid support
  • 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.

One-Click Importing

Sermon Manager supports migration/importing from other popular sermon plugins, such as Sermon Browser and Series Engine.

This is a one click process and currently only supports migration/importing within existing WordPress installations.
Soon you will be able to migrate from those 3rd party plugins to Sermon Manager on a separate server. (for example: moving to completely new website & WordPress installation)

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_podcasts] — This will list available podcast services with nice large buttons.
  • [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 knowledge base.

Expert Support

The Sermon Manager is available as a FREE download however in order to maintain a free version we offer premium support packages for those who need any custom 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.

Bug fixing and fixing unexpected behavior is free and always will be free. Just make an issue on GitHub or create a support thread on WordPress and we will solve it ASAP.


Would you like to help improve Sermon Manager or report a bug you found? This project is open source on GitHub!

(Note: Please read contributing instructions first.)

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


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 pretty permalinks enabled or if not. Or you can use the shortcode [sermons] in any page.
How do I display sermons on the frontend?

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

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 and 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


Great Support

Sermon Manager is just what my client needs. Some of the updates were glitchy but were addressed pretty quickly. Igor is amazing. He truly was super responsive and any glitches that I encountered were addressed very quickly.

A Life Saver

Sermon Manager is truly a life saving plugin for managing all our sermons by our various pastors. There is none like this plugin and it is a CRUCIAL component to our church website running on WordPress.

Great Plugin with running development – great features

I really like this plugin. It becomes better and better after each update.

Especially for churches, who want’s to automatically upload it’s sermon to wordpress, we found a solution with the “Sermon Manager Import” Plugin, which is working good.
We save all informations in the ID3-Tags of the mp3-File and auto-upload it.
If this feature will be built in, officially, we would pay for it!
Because other paid plugins like “series engine” can’t hold on :-)-

Great support and great development! Thank you all!

Excellent Plugin and Support

I had a couple unique bugs with their new import from Series Engine feature but they quickly made a fix and everything is working perfectly. I love the ease of use of this plugin.

Sermon Manager has turned a corner. Awesome support!

I just need to give a shout of thanks to Nikola and the awesome new team at They have really turned a “good but neglected” plugin into a powerhouse of focus and great support. Had several issues and customizations that they helped with promptly. Thank you!!

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Contributors & Developers

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


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  • New: Add an option to use native player in Safari
  • Change: Revert Plyr for Safari browser


  • New: Add an option to show date “Published” instead of date “Preached” in feed and frontend
  • Change: Use native player in Safari
  • Change: Separate “Preached” and “Published” dates in admin view
  • Fix: Excerpt meta box not showing up
  • Fix: Fix description not showing in the podcast feed
  • Fix: Fix memory leak when site has big number of sermons
  • Fix: Use non-localized dates in the RSS feed
  • Fix: Fix issues with Sermon Browser importing


  • New: Add list_podcasts shortcode (thanks @macbookandrew!)
  • New: Support for OceanWP theme (thanks @zSeriesGuy!)
  • Fix: Archive page slug not applying
  • Fix: Feed showing PHP notice in some rare cases
  • Fix: Taxonomy list/images ignoring arguments
  • Fix: Wrappers do not get overriden (thanks @zSeriesGuy!)


  • New: Add a simpler way of overriding sermon render
  • New: Add excerpt support (thanks @robertmain!)
  • New: Add read more link to the sermon description (thanks @robertmain!)
  • New: Add revisions support (thanks @robertmain!)
  • New: Add support for custom WP role capabilities (thanks @zSeriesGuy!)
  • New: Add support for sermon password protection
  • New: Add working file for rendering the feed
  • New: Add a tab in settings for controlling the import
  • Change: Add more options to the recent sermons widget
  • Change: Add a way to get sermon’s series image
  • Change: Add an option to hide read more when it’s not needed
  • Fix: Audio download button glitches sometimes
  • Fix: Custom preacher label in menu lowercased when label is in lowercase
  • Fix: Feed not validating when audio files use SSL
  • Fix: Fix spacing on Divi theme
  • Fix: Image size shortcode argument not working
  • Fix: MP4 video file being detected as YouTube and therefore not working
  • Fix: SB image import breaking when image is local and does not exist on filesystem
  • Fix: Sermon Browser services import
  • Fix: Sermon Details meta not loading under very specific circumstances
  • Fix: Sermons do not appear if published via API and “Date Preached” not set
  • Fix: Sermons not showing in shortcode under certain timezone conditions
  • Fix: Sermons menu title is “All Sermons” instead of “Sermons”
  • Fix: Shortcode pagination not working when “Plain” permalinks are used
  • Fix: Shortcodes showing in iTunes sermon description
  • Fix: Taxonomy image assignment not working
  • Fix: Title not being in the same line, even though there’s enough space
  • Dev: Add a filter for filtering sermon image size
  • Dev: Add more hooks
  • Dev: Add PHPUnit configuration
  • Dev: Add support for WordPress attachment ID for sermon audio files
  • Dev: Add WPCS configuration
  • Dev: All terms now support ordering by latest sermon
  • Dev: Deprecate most of old podcasting functions
  • Dev: Refactor widgets code

Note: The rest of the changelog is in changelog.txt