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Where to Get Pictures for Church Materials, Sermon, and Newsletters

A number of organizations have images for use in bulletins, presentations, sermons. newsletters and other materials.
A search on Google for images related to Christianity shows millions of images. Many of these images are free to look at but can not be used in publications or powerpoints or presentations whether they are for personal, professional or commercial use. Some of the images can be used free of charge in publications and presentations. To find out which click on Google images then click on the tab that says tools. A box will open with a tab called usage rights. Click on "labeled for reuse".
The images that show up can be used in publications and presentations. In many cases it is required to show the link where the picture came from and any credit information about the photographer or image creator. 
For example, the image used with this article is labeled for reuse as Christianity percentage by country and came from Commons Wikimedia 
"Heitere Gebirgslandschaft (Joyful Mountain Landscape)," oil on board, by the Swiss artist Paul Klee. Yale University Art Gallery, Katharine Ordway Collection. Courtesy of Yale University, New Haven, Conn. which The Liturgy Letter recently used in their newsletter. 
The Liturgy Letter also uses free pictures from Pxhere.com. For example this one of a peace dove and people.  
There are pictures of the bible, crosses, candles, stainglass windows, churches, maps and graphs, people worshiping, interfaith religious symbols, and painting of biblical scenes. All of these images are available for reuse by churches as long as where the image came from is noted.
For more information about how to label your own pictures (produced by you or on your website) for reuse. https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/
Images Index by Scriptural text:
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
New Testament/Greek Bible
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world. 
When using ARDA data in publications and presentations, the author should acknowledge the Association of Religion Data Archives and the original collector(s) of the data (e.g., The data were downloaded from the Association of Religion Data Archives, www.theARDA.com, and were collected by [name of principal investigator(s)]).
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has many images for churches to use on bulletins, presentations, or large screen displays
One image by Elizabeth Steele Halstead is the Tree of Life. Instruction for use includes, "when using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead." 
Also by Elizabeth Steele Halstead, the Alpha and Omega Image is described as, "The alpha and the omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The Alpha and Omega is an early inscription, found in the Roman catacombs, signifying God's eternal being and reminding us of our limited understanding of a God who is without beginning or end. This God is the eternal One whom we worship and praise as we gather together." Scriptural references are listed: Isaiah 44:6, Revelation 1:8, Psalm 86:8-10 as well as ideas on when to use the image: Opening of Worship, Confession and Assurance, Proclaiming the Word, Profession of Faith and Remembrance of Baptism, Closing of Worship, Creation, all seasons (especially Advent and Easter), and Weddings.
Many of the images can be downloaded in black and white or in color.
On Being recently used this picture to illustrate their newsletter about Joan Halifax—Buoyancy Rather Than Burnout in Our Lives from Flicker, which has many pictures that are free for use. Here is another image used in an On Being newsletter from Flickr.  
Labelling Images or pictures on your website
A church with a website wants to reach more people in the community and share their message in the local community or around the world. One way to do this is call Search Engine Optimization (SEO). A well SEO'd website has lots of keyword throughout the website because when someone Googles "Indianapolis" "Christian" , Google will show the websites that have the most of those two words on its first page. Tose 'First page" websites will get the most views.  One overlooked place to place keywords that represent the church's name or message is on images throughout the website.
On the computer before uploading the image label the image with the best words rather than uploading an image called img4587.jpg. Many website programs also had spaces to label the image with keywords in the uploading process. Churches that leave these blank are missing opportunities to share their message to a broader audience.
Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbuilt Divinity: The library provides access to thousands of electronic journals, books, and databases for the non-profit educational use of Vanderbilt University. Use of these resources is governed by copyright law and individual license terms of use.   
Some general principles apply for permitted and non-permitted uses.  
Usually Permitted:   
Viewing, downloading, copying, printing, and saving individual articles or search results.
Using e-resources for research and teaching.
Sending a copy of an article to another authorized user.
Sharing the URL, or posting it.
Citing small portions of content in your published research.  
NOTE: Engagement in any of the activities below may result in suspension of your access, and possibly access for the entire Vanderbilt campus.  
Usually Not Permitted:   
Systematically downloading or distributing large volumes of material.
Using e-resources for personal commercial gain.
Sharing content with unauthorized users.
Publicly posting the full text of articles.  
All of the 4000 plus images may be used for non-commercial purposes, with attribution
CCEL has many books with and without images as well as images of book covers. Their copyright policy is here. CCEL also gives readers the opportunity to browse their vast library by format.


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