Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?
- “We want to spread our message to a broader audience.”
- “We want to connect to members of the community who don’t usually attend church services.”
- “We want to allow congregants to attend church virtually—even if they are on vacation or out of town.”
- “We want to provide an opportunity for the sick, injured, or elderly to hear the message without any hassle.”
We’ve heard all of these things (and more!) from progressive churches that want to use technology to expand their outreach.
If you want to begin broadcasting your church services live, we’re here to help! This checklist will give you the basics so you can get started today.
7 Steps To Broadcasting Your Church Services Live
1. Acquire your video source.
If you’re going to stream your church services live, you have to first select the video camera you’d like to use. Depending on your wants and needs, you could choose from:
- A single camera and tripod.
- A tablet or smartphone.
- Multiple cameras and multiple sources.
2. Select an encoder.
Video encoding refers to the process of converting a given video input into a digital format for playback on various devices. In order to stream your church service live, you’ll need to select either a hardware encoder or a software encoding program that runs on your computer.
Download this detailed, step-by-step guide of everything you need to know about live streaming your church services.
3. Get a high-speed internet connection.
You’ll need a strong internet connection to get your video stream online. Depending on your church setup and venue, you’ll either need to select from hard-wired internet (ethernet), wireless internet (Wi-Fi), or cellular internet (Mi-Fi).
4. Select a streaming provider.
The next thing you’ll need to decide on is which streaming provider to select. This vendor will help you get your church services live. Before you select this provider, you’ll have to determine the answers to the following questions:
- Should we get a free or paid provider?
- Does the provider require a specific encoding device or can I choose the one that is best for me?
- What viewer experience do we want to offer?
5. Configure your encoder.
Next, it’s critical to configure your encoder properly so it knows where to send the video signal and the quality it should be sent at. The quality will be determined by the equipment you’re using and your internet connection.
6. Test the live stream.
Days before you stream your first church service live, you’ll need to ensure your new setup works correctly! Forgetting (or ignoring) this step could lead to frustrated end users who can’t access your video stream.
7. Support your live stream.
About 30-60 minutes before your church service is live, you’ll want to get everything set up and have your cameras rolling. This will be your final chance to check your equipment and ensure everything is working as it should.
Download Now: Everything You Need To Know About Live Streaming Your Church Services
You now have a good working knowledge of the steps you’ll need to take to get your church message on the World Wide Web—but we know how daunting this task can feel. If you’d like a more detailed, step-by-step guide of everything you need to know—from the pros and cons of each internet connection, to the top hardware and software encoders, to steps you should take to test your live stream—we have you covered!