Livestreaming has become a mainstay for many houses of worship. Churches of all sizes have discovered that livestreaming is a wonderful option for those who aren’t able to attend services in person and can also help expand a congregation across the globe.
Some congregation members may be unable to leave their home, military personnel stationed abroad, or families who miss church because of illness. Additionally, there are some people who simply prefer watching a livestreamed service over going to a physical church.
There are churches that have large budgets to work with while many have very small budgets or close to nothing at all. Large or small, here are five ways that livestreaming can help your congregation reach every corner of the world:
1) Make the World Your Audience: By livestreaming your church sermons, it’s now possible to share your inspirational message to a broader audience and help them stay connected from any location. Viewers can be at home in their PJs or even watching from a small town in Bostwana.
2) Keep Them Connected: Moving away doesn’t have to mean losing connection. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have out of town relatives be able to enjoy your congregation’s youth concerts? Grandma won’t miss a beat of her grandchild’s holiday performance with live broadcasts!
3) Make Fundraising More Dynamic: Go beyond the four walls of your church and use video for your fundraising efforts. Whether you are raising money for a youth program, missionary trip or helping a member in need; a livestreamed fundraising video can reach new supporters.
4) Upgrade Your Youth Programming: Teenagers, or as we affectionately call them “screenagers,” can help your ministry spread the word through social media. Connect with them on their favorite platforms, and watch your messages go viral to their circle of friends.
5) Take Them on the Mission: It would be great to bring the entire church on the mission journey to a distant land, but it’s not always financially practical or possible. Instead, use livestreaming to share the story of your mission work in real time – let others back home see the difference you are making for communities in other parts of the country or the world.
Worth a look: Check out how Pastor Mark Leonard, who is also a video producer, uses SlingStudio to do church a little bit differently. He feels it’s extended his creativity and taken his production to another level.