Streaming audio or video seems practically as natural as breathing these days. Everyone is doing it. Kids and adults stream both music and video on a daily basis. We do it so much, that it's automatic and we don't really think much about it. We press a button and it's there.
Streaming is an easy way to reach a variety of people with the message you are trying to share.
When we talk about the goals of a church, reaching people with the message of what Christ has done is a number one priority. Streaming is an option that easily helps to spread the good news of the gospel.
Having individuals who know the ins and outs of streaming is a big help when deciding to move forward with streaming.
For years, my church recorded one of the Sunday morning worship services and made it available online, for those who wanted to listen to it after the fact. Choosing to stream this service didn't require much thought. The sound system was set-up in such a way that it made it easy to transition from just recording to recording and audio streaming the service.
There are some technical aspects to streaming that must be considered before moving forward. Having individuals who know the ins and outs of streaming is a big help. You want your stream have good quality sound and you want to lessen as many issues as you can before actually going live.
Our streaming experience has been mostly positive, but there have been a few issues along the way. Most of the issues have had to do with what type of device a person is using to listen to the stream. Some devices can be a bit tricky, but the issues we've come across have been easily resolved.
Since we started streaming a couple of years ago, the value of streaming has shown itself and the interest in it has grown. Many people set aside time on Sunday morning for worship, so streaming live opposed to only recording makes sense. It's always exciting to hear when people are taking advantage of our live streaming option.
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We have many people who attend' worship without actually being in the church building:
b. Members who are traveling and/or aren't able to attend because of illness or other reasons
c. New members who are looking for a church family
d. Outreach organizations who are supported by the church
It's often easy to want to step back from technological advancements in a church setting, due to feeling such as that it's not necessary, with church having been in existence for a long while without it, but in the case of streaming a worship service, it's difficult to argue against its benefits. Streaming isn't about who is in church on a Sunday morning it's about who isn't in church on a Sunday morning.
When we talk about growing a church, streaming is the perfect avenue to help.
I recently attended a new member class at my church. I was there to take a few photos and figured I should sit in on one to see what they were like, since I'd never before had the opportunity. One question that the leader asked of the new prospects was, "What brought you here?" It was interesting to listen to the stories of the people around the room who were considering membership. One in particular, specifically mentioned visiting the church website and listening into the Sunday service via the live streaming option.
It was at that point that she decided to attend in person, and now she's a member of the church!
When we talk about spreading the good news of what Christ has done, streaming is an avenue that can do just that. If your church isn't streaming yet, consider it a worthwhile investment of both time and money. You won't be sorry.