Live streaming for churches

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to take the plunge into live streaming. It is easy to get started just using a smartphone and Facebook, for instance, but here are some tips from us and others for how to live stream from a church building.

Live streaming is to transmit or receive live video and audio over the Internet. In other words, it’s about broadcasting real-time experiences to an online audience. It’s not a platform or website but rather a method of communication and can be achieved in many different ways. Many churches have started live streaming services and online worship from home over lockdown, and many have started doing simple morning prayers via Facebook Live. However, as more church buildings begin to re-open, many are looking to live stream services from church buildings.

 

Get the basics right

See our page on Tips for creating video from home

 

External Resources

Livestreaming your church service: some options (URC guide)

Guide: Getting started with Live Streaming (Church of England blog)

A beginner’s guide to going live with your service or event for free (Church of England blog)

Supporting congregations and people exploring faith online as churches begin to reopen (Church of England blog)

Nine tips for planning your online service (Church of England blog)

Filming and photography in churches – consent and GDPR (Church of England blog)

Dummies Guide to live streaming for Churches (Pro Church Tools)

Facebook Live tips for Churches (Pro Church Tools)

How to begin streaming live church services (Restream article)

ADVANCED Live Streaming Setup for Churches (YouTube video)

Digital Resources (from Yorkshire North & East Methodist District)

 

 

Additional live streaming guidance for Methodist Churches

See below our range of guidance related to live streaming

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