Bringing Church To People: 2 Steps To Live Streaming

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With everything that’s happening with Coronavirus, you should be looking at an online experience for your church services or how to step up your game if you’re already streaming.

The pressure to make streaming video easy and effective may seem overwhelming. You might think that in order to live stream you need to have fancy tech gear, trained personnel, and money to bring it all together…

But that’s not true!

You can go live on Facebook and YouTube without needing to purchase anything at all and it can look great with or without a budget. 

BUT HOW? 

 

STEP ONE

Facebook and YouTube allow you to stream live video for free after a little bit of setup. All you need is an account for your church that is set up to go live. *Youtube sometimes takes 24 hours for you to set up so you want to jump on this sooner than later if you’re wanting to go live soon.

Below are links to tutorial videos that we think can help you start live streaming to your church with little to no cost. Or if you’re already streaming, these could take your streams to the next level! 

Starting from the beginning? Learn 4 different ways to stream live on YouTube with Think Media.

Have a little bit of a budget to play around with and want something a little more polished? Live stream with an iPhone, iPad, or multiple devices with Switcher Studio

Already have some gear and you just need help figuring out how to get it all up and running for an easy live stream? 

Maybe you don’t want to go to JUST Facebook OR YouTube, but want to stream to BOTH to reach more people? We’ve tried to figure that out too and here’s what helped us.

Some of these videos mention things like RTMP, Bandwidth, MBP/s and other things you might not understand. That’s ok! It really is easy to have a quality live stream no matter what limitations you might have.

YOU CAN DO IT!

 And if you still feel confused after watching these videos, feel free to email us [email protected]!

 

STEP TWO

Now that you have services taken care of, what about people that don’t feel safe attending small groups?

There’s a way to keep those people included and not isolated, too! 

There are so many apps that allow you to hang out with people through video and voice that are free to use and great quality services. You can even share your screen with these so you can all watch a video together if your small group is based on an online curriculum or someone has an insightful youtube video to share with the group.

Google Hangouts

The first and most widely accessible app is Google Hangouts.

Almost everyone has a Google account and it’s really simple and easy to get a call set up. If you’re unfamiliar with how Google Hangouts work, head here to learn more.

Zoom Calls

Zoom works a lot like google hangouts but on a little more sturdy of a platform. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Zoom, head here to learn more.

House Party

The last service we’ll mention is House Party. It’s a service just like the 2 mentioned before but with a fun name! The younger generations like your youth and young adult small groups might love using this over using something like Zoom or Google Hangouts. 

 

We believe that when the world might be in a panic over uncertain times it’s the Church’s responsibility to be the voice of faith and help people realize that while we should be taking precautions and listening to our local and federal governments on how to stop the spread of this virus, we can have peace while doing so. 

Psalms 91:9-11 | ‘When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm.’