Streaming is a Cheap, Simple and Great Ministry Tool
I’ve been streaming a low quality live feed of our high school services online lately. I’ve had some great feedback like this Facebook message a girl left for me today:
This is a great idea to:
- Reach regular students who can’t make it to church
- Allow prospective students to check out your church from a distance
- Archive your services so students or parents can revisit them later
- Watch the videos later to evaluate and improve your services
Here’s a student-led service I recorded as I streamed it: (Turn your volume way up and lower your expectations – we had some serious audio and lighting issues on this recording. I’ll try to remember to replace it with a better one in the future.)
To stream our service for free, I signed up for a free account at Ustream.tv and embedded the feed to my blog (you could just send a link to the feed on Ustream, but I prefer to have students on the blog. There’s even a free Ustream viewer app for iPhone students can use to see it.
Using a borrowed webcam and my laptop computer mounted (taped) to above the soundboard, I stream the service live. When I remember, I click the record button on Ustream so I can archive the service online.
Since 1999 Dennis Beckner has been volunteering in the youth ministry at Saddleback Church. Dennis is available for training events, writing projects and speaking engagements. Learn more about Dennis and read more of his work on his blog, www.volunteeryouthministry.com.