Guidelines for submitting Teaching Content: sermons/series manuscripts, lessons, small group curriculum, etc.
All teaching content must be submitted in Word documents. At DYM, we use Word because it’s a universal application and easily gives those who purchase your resource the ability to make their own edits, customizing it to fit their ministry context.
Format Word documents using Arial size 14 as your font. It’s the (new) official DYM teaching resource font.
For multi-week series/curriculum/lessons, each week should be an individual Word document. For example, if you are submitting a 4-week series, you should submit four (4) Word documents titled Week1TeachingGuide.docx, Week2TeachingGuide.docx or Week1SmallGroupLesson.docx, Week2SmallGroupLesson.docx, and so on.
If you use presentations along with your teaching content, submit them in PowerPoint documents. Again, your presentation slides must be editable, for both our editors (to match any edits we make to your resource before release) and for the end-user (to adjust to his/her ministry context).
If you submit image files for use in promotion or for social media, submit them as jpeg files. (1920px x 1080px, 72dpi)
Message manuscript word count. Word-for-word message manuscripts should contain a minimum of 1,500 words.
Edit before you submit
Seriously. We mean it. Really. Have one or more trusted friend(s) read-through your resource before you send it to us. If your content is full of typos, incomplete sentences, contains grammatical or other structural errors and expresses less than complete thoughts, we won’t use it. We’re not trying to be tough, but we have limited editorial resources available to clean up your content.
The heart of your content may be amazing, but if it doesn’t reach us well-written, it won’t be published. There’s probably a person in your church who loves to edit and has these gifts—empower them to help.
Edit again. Submitting clean content improves your chance of being published. Do you want to improve your chances even more? (You know you do!) Here’s how: self-edit so that someone buying your resource doesn’t have to make huge changes in order to use it. So, when you self-edit, do everything you can (add teacher notes, links to all video/illustrations, etc.) to help other youth workers use your content.