Live Streaming: Before Planning to Stream, Account for Size of Church, Staff

Live Streaming: Before Planning to Stream, Account for Size of Church, Staff

Depending on the size of your church, the option of whether to go with live streaming over podcasting is a worthwhile consideration.

Live streaming can be a wonderful thing for people who can't make it to church, or people checking out your church prior to stepping foot into it for the first time.

By opting to live stream, it can change and reach the lives of individuals who would have otherwise never come to your church.

Recognizing that, there are many challenges to live streaming a worship service every week, and I want to walk you through to see if live streaming is right for you.

Right now, our church, Highland Village Church in Indiana has three manned cameras. With a church of around 230, this can be a frustrating task if we have many of our volunteers away.

If you are a church that is smaller than 100 members, I wouldn't recommend live streaming, but instead would suggest podcasting.

As a result, it will release a lot of stress for your Media/Tech Director. Also, if you look at how many people actually watch your worship service, most likely it's probably a relatively small number.

This furthers my thought on how for many churches, going just to audio might simply be the best course of action.

If your church, though, does have enough volunteers, then I would plan instead on live streaming. It can lead to people being touched by the Gospel that otherwise wouldn't of ever heard it. By choosing a streaming tool like Facebook Live, your stream will already be in front of people, where they are.

The next thing is to try to find cameras that can be manned by one person. Oftentimes, larger churches might benefit from the luxury of having multiple volunteers. For a smaller church, though, my experience is that we don't. One way to achieve this, as a great option, are PTZ cameras. PTZs have come a long way in quality and control in recent years. By using cameras like PTZs, you can have one person who is moving camera angles and views, instead of three or four.

All in all, live streaming can change and reach the lives of individuals who would have otherwise never come to your church.

Once you begin streaming, remember, be who you are. Don't try and buy all this fancy equipment, because you saw it done that way at a megachurch.

Be you and do you!

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