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You must have noticed that the major social media platforms have added live streaming functionalities. This has been done under a strategy to help users bolster brand presence and drive revenue. Live videos are quick to attract users on social media and trigger engagement with a wider reach.

In the past few years, live streaming for churches has also increased in demand. After all, people should be able to worship God from anywhere in the world. Technology has enabled churches to reach a wider audience than before. Those who cannot attend Sunday services find a live streaming video service quite useful. In fact, these videos can also be shared on social media platform to further increase its reach and engagement.

Live streaming service providers are helping churches worldwide expand the reach of teachings through broadcasting. This is an effective way to spread messages to anywhere. Matthew 28:19

Why live streaming for churches?

Sometimes it is not possible for people to physically attend a church service despite a strong willingness to do so. This is where they prefer to use live streaming and feel those feelings of actually being there. In addition, churches can accommodate more people without having to worry about the physical building space.  Added parking spaces, printing more bulletins, lights, water, electricity…it all adds up!  $$$

Video On Demand services

Whether or not users have been able to attend an event, they can be a part of it without having to travel. They can also watch the videos later on, as many times as they would like.  Uploading the videos to social media helps reach more people and assists in community engagement.

Fund raising

A reliable Live streaming video service can also be useful for fund raising.  Churches can sponsor many noble causes through fund raising by live streaming their events.

Providers like Worship Channels offers live streaming video service to enable churches connect the community to God.

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How to stream your church services?

Church live streaming is not uncommon in today’s digital world. It is useful for people who are unable to attend church functions due to factors like distance, disability, age, etc. Thanks to technology developments within the past few years, church live streaming tools have become quite common and accessible. Once the set-up has been done, you can start live streaming in no time at all.

Live streaming

It is not an unheard term nowadays. Simply put, live streaming is all about recording and broadcasting an event in real-time online, allowing people to watch, share and interact in real-time from anywhere in the world.  Isn’t it wonderful that there’s no limit on how many people can “virtually attend” a church service without the requirement to be physically inside the church building?  The Worship experience is valuable, even from far away.  The confession of sins and the re-dedication of ones’ life to Christ is no less real if you’re doing it in your dorm room or at the altar*.

Why live stream church services?

Holy places of worship have limitations on how many people can physically fit inside the physical space of the building.  Worshiping from across the room or watching from across town has become the norm on many church campuses today.  In fact, in many cases, it is easier to interact and respond to the call of the Holy Spirit online than it is inside the church sanctuary.  Many people do not let the Holy Spirit move them to accept Christ because they feel like they are “in the spotlight” during a church service-being asked to walk the aisle or raise their hands.  These days, a simple click of the mouse (to accept Christ) is a much more comfortable and intuitive reaction to the message from the Pastor.  For those people who find it difficult to visit a church due to physical disability and other reasons, live streaming is a great alternative.  Live streaming provides the easiest and simplest way to take part in important services without being physically present.  Apart from this there remains no limitations on how many people will fit in the space. Online broadcasting allows an infinite number of attendees to participate in an event.

It is important to make sure that people, regardless of location, feel close to the church and enjoy the fellowship via these new and affordable online tools.  Hebrews 10:25

How to stream your church services?

There are a few essentials to get started. A few components you need to make the most of the technology:

Camera

Camera of your smartphone, laptop or a professional camcorder can help capture and record the event. Depending upon your budget and the audience base, you can arrange an online server provider (in the cloud) to do digital recordings of the event–image and sound.

Perfect lighting

Lighting is essential to ensure clear broadcasting and better viewing. While candlelight and shadows may create a holy atmosphere, they may not provide enough lighting for live streaming. Better lighting is essential for great streaming.

High-speed internet connectivity

Live streaming requires high-speed internet connections which can offer 10MB of download capacity and 5MB upload.  Check your internet speed here www.speedtest.net

Technology provider

A reliable technology partner is essential to help share the responsibility to ensure success of your new live streaming ministry.  Choose a Christian-owned and operated company to assist you.  Not only can they help you choose the right equipment, but they should also be able to provide a global platform to distribute your event broadcast and they should also provide 24/7 tech support to assist you with personal help when needed.  One such provider is www.worshipchannels.com

*Quote from Shawn West, President of Worship Channels, a world leader of new church technologies.

Live streaming has taken the world by storm. It is not only church services and big conference events that are live streamed, but real-life events like weddings, funerals and other occasions are also streamed online for loved ones who cannot attend in person. Nowadays, even small churches want to stream their events. Thanks to the internet for bringing this revolutionary change.

Pastors are interested in live streaming for some serious benefits that it has to offer. The majority of new people who intend to visit a church, watch services online for an average of 6 weeks before stepping foot in the church.  So, live streaming proves to be an incredible tool to connect with new people who move into a town.

Creating a presentable live stream is extremely important. A live video streaming provider can be of great help here. Pastors may not be well-versed with the technology requirements for live streaming and can easily hire a service provider to do the proper setup. It takes more than a camera and a computer: having the right gear along with a workable network connection is essential.

Live streaming equipment

A camera, a dedicated computer or “streaming appliance,” such as a MATROX MONARCH HD or CEREVO LIVE SHELL PRO, an analog to digital converter and a live streaming partner are crucial for the job. Also, volunteers with an understanding of how all the stuff work together are a must to have.

4 MUST HAVES: 

  • Hi-speed internet access (4 MBS upload or higher)
  • Camera (1080i or 720p at 30 FPS)
  • Computer or streaming appliance
  • Volunteers who are consistent
  • A reliable Live Streaming Provider

It is good to note that not just any old computer would work. It has to be a dedicated computer with the best configuration required for streaming.8GB RAM and solid state hard drive should be minimum configuration to ensure faster access. CPU with 2.4 GHz or higher.A new computer should be chosen preferably. A separate computer should be used to run any operation or presentation software while streaming is going on. These are essential to ensure a smooth user experience for those who are watching the services the services online for the first time.

An analog to digital audio/video converter is also crucial to ensure a better viewing experience. Camera used for the service should be high-quality.Shots taken should look good. A professional live streaming provider would know the correct lighting and perfect camera angle for the best shot.

The internet

Having a dedicated network line for the streamed signal is essential. In addition to that, the upload speed should be good enough to let the things go smoothly.  We recommend 4 MBS of upload capacity or higher.  Enough bandwidth is important to ensure a glitch-free viewing experience for all users.

Right equipment and a professional live video streaming provider can make a big difference in the quality of church streaming. A high-quality stream can boost attendance and garner immense positive response.

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Live streaming is associated with many benefits, including : the ability to reach a mass audience easily, broadcast any type of content, simplicity and convenience, easy accessibility, and many others. These days, the service is available at the best possible price. If you are looking for the best online platform to represent your church or company in the hopes of reaching a target audience, then the best source is only a phone call or email away.

There are many leading companies available to offer you the best platform to achieve all sorts of your media goals. They also help step-by-step with technology challenges. In order to find the best company, you can browse online. This will help you to get complete information about the company before consulting them.

Moreover, there is one of the leading and well-known online service provider, who specializes in offering a reliable live streaming service.With their services, you can broadcast our content through the web, smart phone among other devices.

Presently, it used for business promotion, events, tutorials, communicate with business associate, presenting online presentation and education among many others.  Think how convenient it is to bring your live stream to within milliseconds of more than 95% of the world’s broadband users. So, what are you waiting for? Contact them today. They will help you to achieve business objectives and goal. Their mission is to offer you the best online live streaming tools in a prompt and easy to understand manner. You will also be provided with great customer service.  Their award winning tech support is unmatched in the industry.

Apart from that, the company will train, troubleshoot and teach your staff and volunteers. They also provide you these services and more, including; free tech support, unlimited channel creation, no advertising to interrupt your messages.  If you have any doubt as to whether or not your are ready start live streaming, contact them today for a quick introduction to the technology.  This Live video streaming provider is associated with experienced and skilled professionals who will help you to make a wise decision. For  the first 6 months, they will offer you unlimited bandwidth and storage at no extra cost.Their package plan includes custom channel design, free account set up, video player embed codes, monthly storage and free training for your staff & volunteers.

Give them a call ans ask questions such as; How does live streaming work?, Where can I learn the basics of streaming?, Do I get continued technical support? And others. In order to know more information, feel free to visit at  http://www.worshipchannels.com/company.html

It may come as a surprise to most church pastors, but FACEBOOK LIVE is completely inappropriate for churches.

Why? Simple. It’s an R Rated environment that church members (especially children) should not be subject to.  Would you conduct a worship service in a bar and invite children to attend?  Of course not!  Then why in the world would you invite online viewers to Facebook Live in order to watch your church service, when they are surrounded by inappropriate links, ads, messages, posts and R-rated live streams?

Just today I logged onto my personal Facebook account and noticed the “news feed” had articles about politics, religion, sex; and none of them had good or biblical principles.  My eyes were inundated with liberal/progressive streams-of-thought by folks not following morals and values held by me, my family and my church.  And worse yet, by one simple ‘click’ of the mouse, Facebook Live was launched and my screen filled with horrible live streams from around the world, including swearing, scantily clad women, sex talk and other inappropriate content.  Imagine that your daughter or grandmother is watching these things on a Sunday morning.  It’s that bad out there.  My advice is “Don’t get caught up in the idea that you’ve got to use this secular technology provider to reach people.  Not true. There’s plenty of alternatives out there to host your live streamed church services.

Sure, Facebook Live is convenient and ‘free’ but ask yourself, “How much does FREE really cost you?”  If just one person is invited to your church’s Facebook live stream and gets distracted (or attracted) to someone else’s live broadcast filled with rants against the government, swearing, sex talk or worse, then it’s ALL not worth it.  The risks are too great.  In fact, 98% of all Facebook Live streams are deemed by some to be Rated R in content.

There are many alternatives to host your live stream instead of Facebook.  There are Christian owned and operated companies that host live streams for churches around the globe. Seek them out (www.worshipchannels.com) and get connected with a reliable company that provides church streaming in a safe online environment.

Author:  Shawn West is a church technology expert and President of Worship Channels. For questions please email;  shawn@worshipchannels.com or call 1-509-981-6883

MEMO

To: All churches

Thinking of live streaming your church services?  Here’s how…

STEP ONE:

We will provide you with an advanced video player to embed onto a page on your church website. Or easily use the popular Church Online Platform

STEP TWO:

We recommend that you buy this device from us: Cerevo: LIVE SHELL PRO $449 retail (only $419 if you buy from us).

STEP THREE:

Connect your camera to the LIVE SHELL PRO box, either via HDMI, or the red, white and yellow connectors.

STEP FOUR:

Connect your internet cable into the LIVE SHELL PRO box.  NOTE: Check your internet speed.  Go to www.speedtest.net and run a speed test.  Try to get at least 1.5 Mbps of upload capacity from your internet service provider. This will provide high-quality streaming experience for your viewers around the world.

STEP FIVE:

We will assist you with the necessary settings on your LIVE SHELL PRO box for uploading your video & audio signal to our servers.

STEP SIX:

We distribute your live streaming broadcast around the world.  Viewers can simply go to the page on your church website to view the live stream.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

We will provide tech support for you, your church volunteers and your viewers via text, email or phone.

The value for these services is over $1,000.  But since you are just starting out, we can offer you a specially discounted monthly membership fee of only $49 per month (which includes up to 50 Gigabytes per month of bandwidth consumption) for your live streaming.  Only $99 per month for 100 Gigabytes per month. 

Please let us know when you would like to get started.

Call 1-509-951-6883

Blessings,

WORSHIP CHANNELS www.worshipchannels.com

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Dear Pastor Tim,
We listened and watched the service from home, once again.  Preparing for Christmas has always seemed quite “easy” as we have lit our advent wreath all through the years and taken part in all the services for as long as I can remember.  This year we feel so distant from the all the the sights and sounds that surround us.
The live stream has become more than just something Westminster Presbyterian Church does as outreach.  It has become our connection to worship.  It is a real church experience…not a made for broadcast production.  It has a “grounding” effect as we watch keeping  “us in the loop”.   The beauty of the season is seen outside our windows today…and was also seen in the service we watched on our computer this a.m.!
Thank you…Nancy and Jim

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Written by Shawn West (e: shawn@worshipchannels.com)

People often ask me this question, usually followed by a comment quoted from their pastor who says, “I don’t want people staying home and not coming to church. Won’t they stay home, if they can watch in their pajamas and slippers?   There are many answers to the question, but my research and polls have found that the driving force behind people’s desire to view church online is wide and varied.  Here’s just a few of the most common reasons:

The 5 top reasons to provide live streaming are:

1) Young couples who have just moved into town will watch a live stream church service an average of 6 times before stepping foot in the church building.

2) Streaming is an effective way for existing church members to stay connected with membership.

3) Providing an alternative for those who have odd work schedules or who travel frequently for work or play  (snow birds).

4) For those who are sick or infirmed.

5) For the elderly who can’t leave home (shut ins) or those living in an assisted living environment.

Also, if folks are like me, when a child in the family is ill it is impossible to bring them to church and drop them off at the nursery because you don’t want other children at the church to get sick too.  So, the most likely situation is that one (or both) of the parents stay home from church as well to take care of the little one.  With a live stream of the church services, the parents can keep up with what’s with going on in the church family as well as enjoy the sermon from the convenience of their home computer or mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Droid, etc.).

Sign up today, start streaming tomorrow!

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