Click here to view, “Church Live Streaming Made Super Simple.”
Some churches may consider offering their own Facebook Live worship services featuring their ministry and music staff only. Austin Craver, our Technical Production Coordinator, has written “Church Live Streaming Made Super Simple,” a useful resource for anyone interested in Facebook Live. This resource provides some helpful hints for your technologically-savvy volunteers. Worried some of your members don’t have Facebook, they can still access your Facebook Live. If Facebook is not your preference, Twitch might provide another simple alternative for livestreaming. Churchstreaming.tv is offering its service free for the next 90 days. Here’s an excellent short video, How to Livestream Your Church Service in 4 Easy Steps, that describes in very simple language how to broadcast some kind of worship material. Additionally, One License is offering gratis licenses for one month.
Worship Video Conferences and Online Meetings
Your congregation may also consider intentional, online worship where the online audience is the sole focus. Worship might even follow the same order: the bulletin could be shared on a webpage, through email, or simply in a group chat. Pastors could still share sermons. People could pray together, read liturgies, sing hymns, ask questions, offer reflections, or even discuss questions in breakout rooms of smaller groups. Video conferencing can engage your worship community online in new and powerful ways.
Video conferencing platforms that provide this capability include Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, Cisco Webex Meetings, Microsoft Teams, and others. Zoom is a user-friendly, widely-used platform. The Pro plan ($14.99 per month for one host user) allows up to 100 participants (with free Zoom accounts) in its meetings, with the ability to upgrade that plan for over 100 participants. Research your options as some of these services are now offered free of charge. You can also use these services to have virtual meetings with your board and other church groups and committees.
If you’d like to learn more about Zoom worship, this video resource from our Presbyterian brother, Bruce Reyes-Chow, walks you through the process of a Zoom worship experience and provides helpful training on how to lead such an experience. Here you’ll find the posting Rev. Reyes-Chow created to offer information and assistance to his members as they make the transition to a different form of worship.
The Board of Cooperative Ministries is ready to assist should you have questions or need assistance with the Zoom video conferencing service. Please complete this form to have a “technology disciple” contact you for assistance.
In this time of pandemic preparedness and response, using different methods of communication provides support and care to our congregations. Worship is largely about connecting to God and to one another. When it comes to connecting with people in meaningful ways, there is no one right solution. Online gatherings have the potential to engage people in new ways, and to reach new audiences with God’s word. God is present and working in our gatherings, both physically and virtually. Amen.
Planning for Online Worship Webinar
On Tuesday, March 17, representatives from the Board of Cooperative Ministries, Moravian Church Without Walls, Moravian Ministries Foundation in America and Interprovincial Board of Communication shared information about planning for online worship opportunities.
For more resources, including liturgy and hymns, click here.