Churches live streaming their services are nothing new, and many churches have already adopted this technology for years to stay connected with traveling congregants, minister to those who have sickness or disabilities that prevents them from attending church in person, and expanding outreach to invite those outside the church walls to take part in your services online.
Of course, whether you’ve considered the use of live streaming in the past or not, the global COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt accelerated your decision-making process to live stream your services and put many churches in a bind to start streaming now. But with any new technology, it can be daunting with visions of expensive equipment and complicated setups when you already feel overwhelmed by your other responsibilities. The good news is that live streaming is actually fairly simple to get set up and the average time to get up and running is just 7 days. Without further ado, here’s how to get your ministry up and broadcasting in a week or less.
Live Stream Your Church Services In 1 Week
Day One: Do Your Research
Live video streaming is a vast subject. There are a lot of companies with live streaming offerings out there, so it’s worthwhile to spend a bit of time researching your options. Though many streaming solutions have been designed for businesses, there are custom plans with pricing and feature sets that are constructed with churches in mind. Check out ChurchStreaming.TV’s live streaming plans here, as they are designed specifically for churches and don’t even require a computer or volunteer to run. On top of that, they’re providing their services free for 90 days in light of the COVID-19 epidemic!
Day Two: Pick a Provider
As with many things in life, it’s a good idea to sleep on decisions that are bigger than what you’re going to order for lunch that day. Take a day to ask around your church office to see if everyone is on the same page as far as streaming goes. Once day two arrives, if everyone is agreed on the provider you picked, then hop online and fill out whatever information is necessary for you to get up and streaming by the end of the week.
Day Three: Buy a Camera
Today is shipping day. If you order a hardware encoder with 2 day shipping, day 3 is a good day to pick a camera if you don’t already have one. For first-time streamers, I always recommend the crawl/walk/run approach to buying a camera. One day you might want to invest 4 figures in a camera, but as you begin streaming, a $200-$300 HD handycam should do the trick.
Day Four: Do a Little Testing
Now that you have your streaming hardware/software, ChurchStreaming.TV provides live streaming support for all of its clients, so give a call in and they’ll help you get setup and do some testing.
Day Five: Get Up and Streaming
Okay, so technically you can get up and streaming right after your testing is done, but sometimes it’s good to have a day for testing before your actual stream begins. So now that it’s day 5 and you tested yesterday, you’re all ready to begin streaming. In only 5 days, too! Well done!
Day Six: Take a Nap
Now that you’re already up and streaming, you deserve a little “you time.” What says “pat yourself on the back” like taking a nap? In my book, not much! Close your eyes for at least 15 minutes and take a little power nap. Hey, you deserve it, you just got your church up and streaming in less than a week. Not bad.
Day Seven: Keep Streaming
One more great thing about ChurchStreaming.tv is that they allow churches to stream as much as they want, so get creative. Outside of your Sunday service, you can stream Bible Studies, Sunday School classes, or even online devotions for people to check out throughout the week. Get creative, your new streaming solution is a great tool to share the Gospel and spur others on toward following Jesus in their day-to-day lives.
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