Ever feel like there’s so many new AI tools out there, you can’t keep up? Let alone keep up with the ones that have tools that really support enhancing ministry and outreach? We hear you. Our AI for Churches team spends a lot of time reviewing artificial intelligence tools, ranking each on ease of use, quality of output, affordability, and more. In this blog, we’re showcasing the below five popular AI tools — but we’re focusing on the hidden gem AI features they have that many people might not know about.

  • PulpitAI’s Discussion Question Generator
  • SermonSpark’s Research Tools
  • OtterAI’s Meeting Summarizer
  • Captions’ AI Shorts Creator
  • Magai’s Bible Scholar Persona Chatbot

Unpacking the lesser-known capabilities of each means you can utilize them in new and innovative ways to better serve your congregations and communities. Let’s jump in.

PulpitAI’s Discussion Question Generator

PulpitAI extends the reach of a single sermon in remarkable ways. Using this tool can enhance engagement and provide your church with a wealth of AI-generated materials. Designed with pastors in mind, PulpitAI is exceptional at converting sermons into meaningful, shareable content. Its summarization features stand out as unparalleled in the field.

Hidden Gem Feature: Discussion Question Generator

Perhaps the most effective of PulpitAI’s features is the Discussion Question Generator. This feature processes your entire sermon and then generates 10 discussion questions that can be used in community groups, on social media, and in weekend recap emails.

In a sermon focused on the topic of seeking Jesus, here are a few of the questions PulpitAI generated:

  • In James 4:8, we are promised that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. How have you experienced this promise in your own life, and what steps can you take to draw closer to God during this season of seeking?
  • The sermon emphasized that our relationship with Jesus should not be performance-based but anchored in His perfect love. Discuss how Hebrews 11:6 (without faith it is impossible to please God) relates to the idea of seeking God for who He is rather than for what He can do for us.
  • How does the story of the crowd in John 6 challenge our motivations for following Jesus? Are there areas in your life where you seek Jesus for material gain or comfort rather than for a deeper relationship with Him?
  • As we consider the importance of spiritual disciplines such as prayer and Bible reading, how do you prioritize these practices in your daily life? Discuss practical ways to create space for these lifelines to connection with God, as mentioned in the sermon.

Best of all, if you need more questions or you’re not satisfied with what PulpitAI has provided, simply reload the results, and 10 new questions will be generated within seconds.

Pricing and details

PulpitAI is $29 a month. You can upload one sermon for free to give it a try, no credit card information required. Read the AI for Churches team’s full evaluation here: Learn more about Pulpit AI here.

SermonSpark’s Research Tools

A revolutionary AI tool, SermonSpark elevates your sermon preparation to new heights. With SermonSpark, you can access an extensive library of research, writing, and outreach tools, empowering you to maximize the impact of your sermon like never before.

Hidden Gem Feature: Research Tools

SermonSpark’s Research Tools save you valuable time in your sermon creation process. There are seven unique tools in the suite of research support:

  • Verses for Topic – Find relevant Bible verses for a given topic.
  • Historical Verse Context – Quickly explore the historical context of a given Bible verse.
  • News Story Finder – Find links to relevant news stories for a given topic. You can also select a scope of media outlets, if desired.
  • Quote Finder – Find quotes relevant to a given sermon topic.
  • Topic Explorer – Explore a given topic, Bible verse, or both in depth.
  • Greek Interlinear Explanation – Generate Greek interlinear explanation of a given New Testament verse.
  • Hebrew Interlinear Explanation – Generate Hebrew interlinear explanation of a given Old Testament verse.

When we prompted, “Find a quote from A.W. Tozier on prayer,” we received this response:

  • “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – A.W. Tozer
  • “Prayer is the nearest approach to God and the highest enjoyment of Him that we are capable of in this life.” – A.W. Tozer
  • “We can be in our day what the heroes of faith were in their day – but remember at the time they didn’t know they were heroes.” – A.W. Tozer (Although not explicitly about prayer, it emphasizes the importance of faith, which is closely connected to prayer.)
  • “God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan only the things we can do by ourselves.” – A.W. Tozer (Again, not specifically about prayer, but it highlights the power of reliance on God through prayer.)
  • “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A.W. Tozer (Although not directly about prayer, it underscores the significance of our perception of God, which influences our approach to prayer.)

Pricing and details

SermonSpark is free. Read the AI for Churches team’s full evaluation here. Learn more about SermonSpark here.

OtterAI’s Meeting Summarizer

An AI-powered transcription service, OtterAI employs advanced machine learning algorithms to convert spoken language into written text. It assists in recording notes for meetings, brainstorming sessions, and transcribing pre-recorded audio/video content.

Hidden Gem Feature: Meeting Summarizer

First, you connect your Google or Microsoft calendar to OtterAI. Then, you can schedule OtterPilot to auto-join your Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet sessions. And voila, your meetings are automatically recorded and transcribed without missing a beat.

Otter records and takes notes in real-time, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the conversation, tag team members with action items, and provide them with immediate context through the notes and slides shared.

Post-meeting, Otter creates an Automated Meeting Summary complete with hyperlinks to the detailed notes and slides, then emails this summary to all participants, optimizing post-meeting follow-ups and knowledge retention.

Pricing and details

OtterAI is 16.99 a month. A free trial is available, and you don’t have to enter credit card information. Read the AI for Churches team’s full evaluation here. Learn more about Otter.AI here.

Captions’ AI Shorts Creator

Captions is a user-friendly mobile app designed to help you create high-quality videos in minutes. The app’s features include caption and subtitle generators for videos of any format, a teleprompter and script creator for accurate messaging, and an editing tool that can add jump cuts and emphasize key moments.

Hidden Gem Feature: AI Shorts Creator

This feature transforms full-length sermons from a YouTube URL into digestible, short-form videos, streamlining content curation for social media, email campaigns, and blogs.

The AI Shorts Creator sifts through extended footage, highlighting the most engaging moments for Instagram Reels, TikTok, Facebook, and YouTube Shorts.

Embrace this time-saving AI tool to further your sermon’s reach. And while it may not always be precise in selecting moments to showcase, it’s an invaluable addition to your digital outreach toolkit.

Pricing and details

Captions is $9.99 a month. A three-day free trial is available after you enter your credit card information. Read the AI for Churches team’s full evaluation here. Learn more about Captions here.

Magai’s Bible Scholar Persona Chatbot

Magai, an AI-enhanced content creation solution, optimizes workflows and elevates projects. Its visually pleasing and easy-to-use platform offers a ton of features, including 40+ diverse personas, folder organization efficiency, a quick-access library for frequently used prompts, website URL comprehension, and more.

Hidden Gem Feature: Bible Scholar Persona Chatbot

Magai offers several outstanding personas, including its Bible Scholar chatbot. Here’s the role that bible scholar plays: “As a Christian Bible Scholar, you possess extensive knowledge of the Holy Bible and assist users in identifying key Bible references, making practical analogies, and creating helpful illustrations to bring biblical lessons into a contemporary context.”

This persona’s expertise means it can:

  • Provide in-depth knowledge of the Holy Bible
  • Assist in identifying key biblical references
  • Make practical analogies
  • Create illustrations to contextualize biblical teachings.

Whether you are:

  • Seeking to understand theological concepts,
  • Applying Scripture to modern-day scenarios, or
  • Looking for inspiration for sermons and faith-based discussions,

The Bible Scholar chatbot helps to make the timeless wisdom found within the Bible accessible and relevant to your daily life and spiritual journey.

Pricing and details

Magai offers multiple pricing tiers starting at $29 a month for five users. A seven-day free trial is available after you enter your credit card information. Read the AI for Churches team’s full evaluation here. Learn more about Magai here.

More AI Tool Reviews Await!

The five hidden gem AI features shared here can save you time, boost efficiency, and broaden your reach with the Gospel’s message. AI tools can help you find efficiencies across your team’s efforts, time everyone can spend working directly with people rather than on repetitive tasks.

Be sure to browse the AI for Churches’ full collection of AI technology reviews for pros, cons, pricing, and church use cases. We review each tool carefully, ranking them all on ease of use, quality of output, affordability, and more. If your church is looking to get started with AI but doesn’t know where to begin, we’d love to help. Reach out and let’s chat.

Note: The information provided is offered to help you research. Pricing and terms for any technology can change without notice. All information should be vetted on the company’s home product page.