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Taking Live Streaming to the Next Level

  By Bob Pritchett Over the past year since COVID-19 began affecting our nation, the church has adjusted its routines, become more tech-savvy and learned the ins and outs of virtual gatherings. We saw a time when attending church virtually was a necessity. Many leaders quickly and successfully shifted their approach to offer discipleship, worship

How to Design for In-Person and Online Church Experiences

  By Josh Gregoire Welcome to the world of “phygital” church—the blending of the physical and digital to maximize how churches connect with people and help them draw closer to God and others. My colleague, Rob Gordon, and I met on Facebook Live for a conversation about phygital church. Rob and others on our design

A Design Perspective

  By John W. Pierce As we all know now, COVID has changed the way that ministries operate, period. It has single-handedly changed the way we worship and engage in relationships and how build our community of believers. As you can imagine, the overnight shift in how we gather and communicate to our congregations has

Upgrading Video Production Equipment for More Engaging Online Content During Pandemic

  Church of the Highlands, a multi-site megachurch headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, recently engaged Adorama Business Solutions, a premier technology resource for corporate, educational, and government institutions, to procure its AV equipment for video production needs. The added inventory has empowered Church of the Highlands to remotely respond to the needs of its congregants through

COVID and Church Streaming

  If your church isn’t already streaming its services online, it certainly should be! With COVID-19, people need church now more than ever before to find hope, community, and feel connected in these challenging times. Just because your church’s physical building might be closed, or operating at a limited capacity, doesn’t mean that you can’t

Focusing on What Churches Do Best with LiveControl’s Remote Production Crew in the Cloud

  While stay-at-home orders have decreased physical attendance at churches over the past year, live streaming has given churches the opportunity to reach a much wider viewership. John Volinsky, campus pastor at Bayside Church in California, spoke to this opportunity and said that “most people that come to Bayside actually first watched our services online.”

Take Your Church’s Livestreaming to the Next Level This Holiday Season

  By Bob Pritchett As churches transition into the holiday season, having not merely functional but seamless and inviting livestreaming of sermons and worship services is essential. Many church members who may be traveling, working or who prefer to participate from home due to health and safety concerns deserve to be accommodated so that they

Live Stream to Strengthen Your Connection to Your Community

  By Julie Briestensky It’s no secret that the emergence of COVID-19 this year has dramatically impacted the way people worship. Due to health and safety recommendations, including social distancing and self-mandated quarantines, many folks — especially the elderly and the sick — haven’t been able to attend church services as usual. As a result,

How to Hold Successful Simultaneous Church Services In-Person and Online

  By Bob Pritchett Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, churches across the country have struggled to feel like they’re “getting it right.” Remain online for too long, and some congregants are critical of the leadership’s respect for biblical fellowship. But resume in-person church gathering too soon, and just as many if not more attendees are disgruntled

6 Must-Know Tech Trends for Reopening Church

  By Valerie Russell Every church is unique in how and when they’ll reopen. States are moving at a pace set by their governors, and it differs from state to state. Even within states, you’ll find cities and counties have their own set of reopening guidelines. And, your congregation probably disagrees about whether it’s too soon

3 Ways to Build Community with Your Church’s Live Stream

  What if people who came to your live stream service felt like they were a part of it? Felt connected? From that live stream connection, you could build an online church community that engages all week long. The foundation for that is making your live stream service feel more like an in-person service. Here’s

5 Questions to Ask Before Live-Streaming Worship Services

  By Shawn Yingling Many religious organizations are turning to alternative means for their congregations to “communally” practice their faith. From drive-in movie theaters to podcasts, faith leaders are finding creative solutions. Live-streaming services is one of the easiest ways to keep the faith going. With today’s technology and video streaming sites, it doesn’t require

GT Church Upgrades Live Streaming Equipment and Processes

  GT Church, a multisite church with two locations in Pennsylvania, recently enlisted Adorama Business Solutions — a premier technology resource for corporate, educational, and government institutions — to upgrade its production equipment and processes to enable High Definition (HD) live streaming and recorded broadcasts of its services. Eager to make dynamic, engaging, and artful

Is Your Stream Worth Watching?

  By Mark Tarbet The gospel message is powerful…if it can be heard. Streaming is simply the delivery mechanism of the gospel, just as missionaries are. Churches go to great lengths to equip, plan and evaluate their missions’ efforts. So, wouldn’t it make sense to equip our stream to be successful and evaluate how well

Building a Scalable Worship Streaming System

  By Paul Richards One of the biggest mistakes that churches make when beginning a live streaming ministry is failing to think about the future. Often, the process of getting a live stream off the ground starts with little to no budget. Therefore, the first consideration is finding the least expensive options. That is a

New Streaming Capabilities Enhance Virtual Weekend Services at Grace Polaris Church

  Since 1964, Grace Polaris Church in Columbus, Ohio, has seen a rapid increase in their congregation from a group of 30 to now serving over 2,000 members. As Grace Polaris’ congregation continued to grow, their need for a new worship center increased, and in 2018, they started construction on a new space. They turned

3 Ways COVID-19 Is Challenging Churches

  By Renn Salo Along with other organizations across the country, churches have been flipped upside down in recent weeks. Aside from the most evident need to make church virtual and keep members connected, church leaders find themselves facing unprecedented hurdles to which they are learning to respond. These challenges are affecting various churches in

Faithlife Offers Step-by-Step Guide for Taking a Church Online

  Faithlife Corporation, which was founded in 1992 as Logos Bible Software and today offers a full suite of church management solutions, is helping leaders ensure COVID-19 social distancing doesn’t disrupt their efforts to be the church by offering a number of free and low-cost tools to help them take their church online during this

Helping Your Church Live Stream

  Paul William Richards has announced that he will be shipping copies of his book, “Helping Your Church Live Stream,” to as many houses of worship as possible during the coronavirus outbreak. Richards is Chief Streaming Officer at PTZOptics, a live streaming camera manufacturer. The book, which was released in 2019, is currently available on

Life Church Selects VITEC Houses of Worship Streaming Solutions

  VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, has announced its MGW Ace Encoder and Decoder were successfully installed at Life Church and its four satellite campuses in Memphis, Tennessee. Part of VITEC’s Houses of Worship Solution, the MGW Ace Encoder and Decoder allow the church to live stream its services

Live Streaming with Calvary Chapel

  Conference Room Systems sat down with Timothy of Calvary Chapel Church to learn why he switched from a prosumer camcorder to a PTZOptics Streaming kit and how he has seen his church grow since. Tell us about your church. We are Calvary Chapel Blue Ridge located in Blue Ridge, Georgia. If you know anything

10 Things to Do Before You Start Streaming

By Mindy Worley Does your church want to stream but doesn’t know where to start? Decide on your purpose and content. The first thing to figure out is the purpose of your stream. Do you want to use your stream as a general broadcast, or would you like to set it up as an additional

Helping Your Church Live Stream

By Paul Richards A friend of mine, Andrew Haley, the product evangelist for Wirecast, explained to me on a recent podcast about how important technology has been to Christianity over the past 600 years. Haley explained, “One of the main reasons why western religion has succeeded so greatly to this day, is because it has

Network Connections and Bandwidth Requirements

By Bill Buchanan Determining your bandwidth requirements or options can be a challenging task, especially for churches with limited or volunteer IT staff. As a senior or campus pastor of a church, remember that your IT staff is primarily dealing with items such as: the internal network (making all of your computers, printers, and other

4-Point Checklist for Live Streaming Church Events

By Michael Smith Live streaming events is a great way to expand your church’s ministry. There are lots of steps and a few different ways to approach this ministry of your church. If you’ve been charged with your church’s vision to begin, once you get started, there is often concern or even panic that can

Grace Fellowship Worships and Streams with Allen & Heath

Grace Fellowship Church in Bogart, Georgia, has completed a major audio and video system upgrade including an Allen & Heath S Class Digital Mixing System with S5000 Surface, DM64 MixRack, DX32 Expander and seven ME-1 Personal Mixers with an ME-U Hub. The church hosts two contemporary worship services each Sunday with praise vocalists, a 30-voice

Trending Technology in HOW

By Bryce Button Congregations assemble each week by the thousands in houses of worship around the world, where large projection screens and hanging displays serve up a combination of live and archived sermon footage, worship band performances rivaling rock concert productions, presentation materials and more. Several facilities additionally offer live streaming and video-on-demand services to

Why Video Stream?

For those who have not seen the advantages and extraordinary outcomes of what live streaming can do for a church, we understand when someone may question “why.” In a time when some churches worry about keeping active congregants and watching the bottom line, it’s very reasonable to hear questions when live streaming is a somewhat
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