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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
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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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