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Why Live Streaming For Churches Is Overrated | Pro Church Daily Ep. #114


– Today on Pro Church Daily, we’re talking about why live streaming for churches is overrated. – Well hey there and
welcome to Pro Church Daily, the show where in 10 minutes or less, you’ll get a daily dose
of tips and tactics to help your church share
the message of Jesus while we navigate the
biggest communication shift that we’ve seen in the last 500 years. I’m your host Alex Mills. I’m joined as always by the
boss man, it’s Brady Shearer. Today we’re talking
about why live streaming for churches is overrated. – I’ll preface this Alex by saying, hey, I know that this
is an unpopular opinion and the purpose of this episode is simply to lay out the case for why your church does not need to live stream because I do think that there’s this inherent pressure around live stream because it seems like every
church is doing it nowadays and it can feel like our church needs to do this because it’s
the thing that you do. I never like to make decisions simply because everyone else is doing it. I like to make decisions
based on empirical evidence, on an expectation of ROY, and on an understanding of my own church. What we’re gonna do is we’re gonna present a contrary opinion, be
the devil’s advocate per say, although I do believe this so
I am the devil in this case. Well, that’s a good start.
(laughter) Let’s start off by talking about the size of the average church. Nine out of 10 churches in America have weekly attendance
of fewer than 350 people and the median size of an American congregation is 75 people. Here’s the claim that
I wanna start this off. Here’s what I believe. Knowing that the weekly attendance numbers of the vast majority of
churches in the world, I would say that live streaming is not the best option for most churches. When it comes to what you’re trying to accomplish with live streaming, I think that there are much
more viable alternatives that we’re gonna talk
about in just a moment. Let’s first talk about the
price of live streaming. I’m not a live production expert and I often lean on the
understanding of others. I do a lot of work in digital, but live production is not my arena. I asked around and I asked a
number of different churches and leaders and directors that have been in charge of live
streaming and I asked, what’s the minimum a church can expect to spend on a single camera setup that’s of reasonable quality? We should disclaim that by saying, we’re talking right now about
live streaming on your phone. We’re talking about a median
reasonable level of production with an encoder and a tripod and a camera. – This is the complete infrastructure to get up and running
live on the internet? – We’re still only talking single camera. We’re not talking multiple camera. Basically, I heard a bunch
of different numbers, but the minimum you can
expect to spend is about $5000 for a full rig and that means a camera, a switcher, an encoder, cabling, tripod, LANC controller on the tripod which allows you to zoom in,
zoom out, move the camera. Of course there are other ways to do it. You can hook up a webcam directly if you’re on your computer. Nowadays you can hold up your
phone and do Facebook Live, but we’re talking about a certain level of production quality because you can do it cheaper, but at what cost? To use a comparison. Let’s say you as a church
knew you needed a website and you thought we can’t really
afford to do a good website, but we know it’s important
for the SEO purposes. Let’s throw up a 1995 website that is HTML one and is not responsive because at least we’ll have it up there. That will save you money, but at what cost does that come at? Someone lands on that and now you’re making a really poor
first impression perhaps. That’s the important thing to consider when it comes to price. It’s not cheap to get
started in live streaming, especially because I do believe that there are affordable options alternatively that can help you
accomplish the same thing. Let’s talk about the ROY now. The most important thing that you can do with live streaming,
if you are doing it or if you’re considering
maybe doing a test run, you could do a test run with Facebook to see how people respond with just your phone before diving into the thousands of dollars on investment and volunteers every week that have to run it, but basically what are the
numbers for your church and how many people would need to watch this weekly for it to be worth spending all of that money? Then compare the cost to the alternative. One alternative you could
go with is audio only. If you did an audio only
podcast of your message, and this would be the difference between live streaming
and a recorded podcast, and that’s part of the comparison. There’s the pro of having it live versus the con of having it
recorded and not live but if just as many people
are listening to each and one costs $100 to get started and one costs $5000 and we’re a church of 350 or less ’cause most are, is that a trade-off we’re willing to make? Could that money be spent elsewhere because when you consider ROY
in any decision with digital, really any decision with
budget in your church, you’re not making these
decisions in a vacuum. If you spend $1 or $5000
towards live streaming, that’s five thousand less dollars to spend on what I would consider much more important digital endeavors, your website, social
media, paid promotions, other things that are now do not have money because of your live stream. When it comes to ROY, figure out how many people are gonna watch and figure out is this
money best spent elsewhere because if we’re spending it here, we can’t spend it on
places that like I said I think are much more important, your website, social media, paid promotion marketing and outreach. Final thing to consider, and then I wanna pass it over to you because you’re a pastor
of a church of about 100 and I wanna hear your thoughts on this. What’s your motivation
for doing a live stream? Much like church mobile
apps, much like billboards, there’s a certain cool
factor of live streaming. You know what’s not cool? Facebook ads. They’re kind of boring. Would I rather drive past a billboard of my church in my community
or run some Facebook ads? Well a billboard is much cooler. Would you rather live stream and have your message and sermon and service declared and broadcasted to the world or record an audio podcast? – You get a cool
countdown on your website. We’re going live in three, two, one. – That countdown in the
top right that says, next time we’re going live in three days. It’s always counting down. There’s a certain cool factor but I think when we’re being stewards of the budget, the time and the
resources and our churches recognizing how limited they are, I don’t think that we should be making decisions based on what other churches are doing or
based on cool factor. We’ve gotta consider, does this move the needle forward enough based on the money we’re spending for our church’s unique mission statement? If we’re all about helping people to love God, love others, make disciples, basically the core mission statement of every single church that follows Jesus, does this affect the bottom line and moving forward on
that specific mission enough to warrant the spend and cost that we’re gonna put into this? Your thoughts Alex. – I think the motivation to live stream is kind of a symptom of what we’ve commoditized Christianity
in the western world to be. We focus so much of our time and energy and resources on this Sunday service. If we think there’s a certain amount of people who aren’t gonna be at our church service this Sunday, they’re gonna be at home or
their traveling or wherever, this is the biggest thing that we do, this is where we put all our resources, this is what we think the most
important part of church is. We have to get this to them. I feel like that’s where the motivation for live streaming comes from but, if we expand kind of our perspective on what we’re trying to do as a church and this is where seize
the 167 comes into it, it’s like what we do during that one hour on Sunday is important, but is it worth spending all those resources to get that one hour experience to the handful of people who aren’t gonna be at church, or do we take those resources and push it into the rest of
the 167 hours in any other way, investing that money in anything else. But really expanding our horizons and considering that what we’re doing at church has to reach further than that one hour on a Sunday morning. If we start to think about
church with that philosophy, I think we’ll put less of an importance on live streaming that service because we’ll realize this
isn’t all there is to it. There’s a whole life that our people are living during the week
and that’s when they need us. They don’t need us on Sunday morning at 10:30 if they’re not at church. They’re going to be
okay for that hour but, maybe on Wednesday evening they’re not going to be okay so let’s invest time and money and resources into those other 167 hours
and reach them there. – I couldn’t agree more. What’s the best way to
accomplish our mission statement, rebroadcast a live event or use these platforms natively to reach people? For instance, let’s talk
about some alternatives. If we’re talking about rebroadcasting a live event versus using
these platforms natively, I think your church should live stream. You should have your pastor go live on his or her phone for 10 minutes, call that your online service on Sunday, have him do a little bit of a devotion, recap the message, do
live prayer requests, interact with the people on
the live stream right there ’cause I do think that it’s definitely something to consider when
you’re talking about military, you’re talking about
people that are bedridden or stuck and can’t come to
church, or are traveling and you want to make them
feel connected to your church. If you’re just watching a live stream, you’re a fly on the wall, even if you do have an online pastor which definitely helps
the online experience. If you’re doing a live stream when you are watching your pastor look directly into their mobile device and they’re interacting
with you on the fly using the Facebook Live
for free on your phone, for free on Facebook, that’s
an amazing alternative. We talked about audio only
as a great alternative. If you do really wanna do a live stream, I recommend creating a private feed that is distributed to those traveling, to those who are at home, bed
ridden, can’t leave the house, to those who are military and just have someone hold up their phone or put it on a little
$8 tripod from Amazon and have that be the live stream. Don’t post it publicly because the production value for someone that’s not connected to your church probably won’t be worth it, but for those that know your church, they don’t care as much
about production value. If they really care about
just watching the service, a phone will be fine. We’re so used to video
on a phone at this point. – Insta Stories and Snapchat
have conditioned us. They’ve really lowered our standard for the viewing experience as far as quality goes on a phone. I can remember just maybe a year ago even, if you’re watching a video on Youtube that was vertical video, all the comments are
just like vertical video, are you kidding me?
– Turn your phone sideways. – Now we’ve just been conditioned. Most of the video we consume on the daily, whether it’s on Instagram or Snapchat, whatever, it’s vertical. Their standards are being lowered which can actually work in your advantage as a church live streaming on Facebook for free from your phone. People are conditioned to
watching videos that way. They’re probably going to be watching it on their phone anyways so that’s okay. – To summarize, if you are a church of 350 people or less as the vast majority nine out of 10 are, this is specifically for you. If you’re a church of multiple thousands, live streaming is a lot more affordable. If you’re a smaller church, don’t feel the pressure to be forced to live stream when there are so many great viable alternatives
that are essentially free. If you are thinking about live streaming, if you really wanna do it, I would recommend to be a good steward. Go through these viable
alternatives first, do the pastor right on Facebook Live for 10 minutes for free on their phone, for free from Facebook. Do the audio only podcast, do the private feed to those that can’t visit the church but
don’t publish it publicly. If after all that you’re seeing huge traction and you’re
ready to make the investment, go for it but don’t feel the pressure to do it just because other
churches are doing it. That’s how you waste money and that’s how you make a bad decision. With all that being said, in tomorrow’s episode of Pro
Church Daily, episode 115, we are gonna be talking
about gear for live stream because we recognize that some churches no matter what we say are gonna do it and we wanna make sure that you’re making good gear decisions when you do. That’ll do it for today’s
episode of Pro Church Daily. We’ll see you next time. Thanks for watching today’s
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33 COMMENTS

  1. Ben Komanapalli Jr Posted on May 21, 2018 at 7:28 am

    First!

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  2. JoseXavielJX Posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Good point.

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  3. Tyrone Thomas Posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:54 am

    We do currently livestream our services but I do see that its not the "bread & butter" that will gain the attention of our audience the most. Thanks for this video because its confirming a few things for me that I'm trying to figure out how to get across to my Pastor. He currently thinks livestreaming the service is the best thing since sliced bread and I'm not sure what the best way is the break it to them without being disrespectful.

    I'm hoping to pitch other livestreaming options like a sitdown Q&A with the Pastor weekly and/or a live interview with someone giving their testimony. Once again thanks for this episode!

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  4. Diana Gladney - EntreWoman TV Posted on May 21, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I definitely get this principle that I push for our ministry as head of video, but on the other end that wasn't the unique case for me. I got back into church by watching the online streams of service to build my confidence to just visit. Then, in between services I continuously listened to podcasts to grow and deepen my learning moreso than the Bible studies. So, I get it and see the value but it definitely has its place as you guys mentioned. And by all means please don't buy a mevo camera, pure trash!

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  5. Primera Iglesia Bautista de Aguas Buenas Posted on May 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Great Show! Our church is one of those with less than 200 members, that use free tools, like Facebook live (after Periscope). Podcast of sunday (or any day) service and direct video message from Pastor could work for us. Thanks!

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  6. Travis Johansen Posted on May 21, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    So well put! Engagement beats volume. Having your pastor actually engage with people online via their phone (or a volunteer fielding questions but still using a phone for the camera and encoder and monitor and wireless internet stream…) ups your game where it matters most – actually engaging with your online attendee.

    You point about testing it for yourself and seeing the ROI is another great point. Just because other churches are doing it, or it is cool like a billboard versus targeted and effective Facebook ads, doesn't mean it is a responsible or reasonable use of donated funds.

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  7. Churchfront with Jake Gosselin Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Couldn't agree more.

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  8. Michael Carwile Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I think it’s actually potentially unhelpful to live stream the service especially when so many are finding it easier to stay home anyway. When we give them the full experience from home, they may feel they aren’t missing anything being at home. My experience says tithes go down too. So you’re spending money to live stream and hemorrhaging money because people typically don’t give where they aren’t truly invested. I think teasers add more value and encourage attendance and community much better.

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  9. Jeremiah Griffin Posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Good stuff. Our SMALL church bought two USB cameras and a laptop. Most expensive part was/is getting solid WiFi. Facebook live is frustrating but it does work. We were out $200 in cameras and looking at about 2k to get things rolling with a USB Capture Card, a used camera and then software etc… we are not "professional" but we have fun and for some reason our home-bound folks have NO problem figuring out facebook video.

    Do it. Just grab an old cell phone and live stream. We have people you would never expect watch it and be blessed. If you are doing something because you are trying to be a "big church" realize they have the budget and you won't 🙂 Gotta start somewhere.

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  10. David Posted on May 21, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    One of the things not talked about here is that 80-90% of guests are checking churches out online before coming for a service. How can something be overrated if online seems to be the new front porch experience for people?

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  11. NSAN3 WARR1OR Posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I agree with your points and I think you covered it to each church has their own possible benefits for livestream but over a majority it may be better to spend money in other areas of focus. With that being said I was able to find a camera(JVC GYHM200) that has a built in encoder and help the ease of being able to livestream and using OBS(open broadcast software) to help have a more professional look to our livestream(don't need this part but wanted to up production value and did that for free). We are broadcasting to fb live but one thing i don't love about fb live is the best quality video you can have is 720p. We also use the camera for promotions and recap event videos so in regards to don't buy equipment to livestream that wasn't our priemere focus but to "future proof" for a period of time but being able to livestream as well was our churches focus. Keep up great vids Brady, Alex, and team I enjoy them all!!

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  12. Mark Grice Posted on May 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I'm conflicted by this podcast. On one hand, I think that you are unfairly setting a price-point on live streaming in order to set up a straw man argument. If Live streaming costs $5000, we can easily find better things to do with it. (There are very solid $1000 solutions, btw). Also, comparing live streaming with outbound marketing (e.g. Facebook ads, better web page, etc) sort of misses the point. I don't think live streaming is an outbound marketing device. That's like saying: "$5000 to LiveStream? That doesn't help get water in Darfur! Seriously people, there are so many better ways to get water to Darfur!"
    OTOH, churches LiveStreaming are mostly done very badly, and it's almost embarrassing to watch. I have tuned in to a few. When you see the numbers of people watching go: 5…6…7…3 you get the feeling that they are doing it because they believe "We need a digital/social presence, by God! Fire up Mevo!" — TBH, I can wait until Monday when someone edits it and puts it online, and it is far more watchable.
    Also I agree with the comment that we don't need one more excuse for people to be able to stay home.
    My church is small. About 50 people on any given Sunday. We put a video of the sermon online, as well as a podcast. But we don't live stream. We get asked about it occasionally. If we ever do it, it won't be an outreach. We have a few faithful listeners/viewers in distant places. One of them, who lives about an hour from the church, has said he would like to start a home group in his community and if we live streamed he would use that as the anchor point to invite neighbors over. That is intriguing because it is possibly helping someone start their own ministry. I don't expect any of these people to start making the 1 hour drive. This isn't marketing. But if we can support a ministry somewhere else, I'm willing to do it.
    Finally, our church is a small building in a shopping center. We have discussed setting up a live stream so mothers with babies could have a room (in an adjacent building) to bring their kids without needing to worry if they fuss. We could just pipe the service in there, hardwired, but if we do that, why not do a little more work and do a live service setup? I can see this useful for overflow rooms, nurseries, and even kitchen workers if the church is having a lunch or something right after the service.

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  13. Mount Zion Posted on May 24, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    The same equipment (which is a lot) gets used for recording various shows and events that happen in our sanctuary in addition to services. We have made a lot of people in our community happy simply because we provided a simple recording of their event. The only extra that is needed for livestream is a dedicated computer and something like wirecast.

    So yes it is expensive but can be used for so much more.

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  14. Elijah Shephard Posted on May 24, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Couldn't agree more!
    When I took a job as a worship pastor they wanted to mount a phone to a tripod and live stream. After several uncomfortable staff meetings I showed the extremely low price of audio podcasts and they liked that number much more than the $7,000 I priced for live streaming equipment!

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  15. Paul Alan Clifford Posted on May 24, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Oh boy, so much to say. Lots of assumptions that are not true (FYI, I'm a writer for Church Production Magazine, who concentrates on live-streaming. And I've been on Brady's podcast.) I'm going to have to formulate a response to all the points made.

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  16. Don Garberg Posted on May 24, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Excellent points Brady. Church leaders of smaller churches always feel pressured to live up to expectations that are, frankly, beyond their reach – both financially and technologically. Thanks for bringing some great perspective and taking the pressure off churches with limited resources. We are a church of over 1000 attendees each week, and we still find certain aspects of having an online campus challenging.
    Oh, and btw, it's spelled "per se", not "per say". Just sayin'… 😉 Keep up the amazing work!

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  17. Mark Pfeiler Posted on May 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I am a developer and have built a robust streaming application for churches. I have also been a pastor and I totally agree that most churches stream because everyone else is doing it but they have no strategy for why they do it. That's another subject.

    I want to comment on using Facebook and Youtube for streaming your live services. Our web application will stream to the church's website but will also push the stream to Youtube and Facebook. What we have found out over the last few years and continues to happen today is that Facebook and Youtube will shut down your stream if they perceive you are pushing copyrighted material. A lot of churches like to stream their worship music which is usually copyrighted material. Once you push your stream to them you no longer have control over it. Yes it's free, but it's no good if it gets shut down for that Sunday.

    This is what I would recommend. Start streaming like you normally do, to notified people on Facebook and Youtube that your event is starting but only stream an image of your sermon series or something like that with the instructions for people to click and watch you live, and then redirect them over to your website. Yes, you will have to stream to your site, but there are affordable options and you can still use an iPad or a low grade camera and equipment to do this.

    There are benefits in doing this, first you have control over your live stream and you don't have to worry about Facebook or Youtube turning your stream off. This also gets people to your website so they see what else you offer as a church.

    Think about it.

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  18. Today's Bible Teaching Posted on May 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I understand what you are saying but I do disagree. If Jesus was concerned with 1 or 2 hearing His teaching then we should to. A live stream connects people to the live service. Also our main extended congregation is people in other countries. These people look forward to being part of our service.

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  19. Kenny Bertin Posted on May 29, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Brady et al!

    Our church uses a single Canon XA-10 used with a Rolan VR-4HD. We stream directly to YouTube using OSB. We also and record locally to master and repost to YouTube as the main service.

    We've had many of our members comment that they really like to be able to watch the service when they can't be there in person. Sometimes, when I can't post right away, everyone asks where the message is.

    Sometimes it comes to "If just one person is blessed, then we should do it". I think of it as furthuring the kingdom of God. Our intro and outro mentions that these are NOT to replace an active and meaningful church relationship, but to be in addition.

    Thanks for the tips!

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  20. Eric Christiango Posted on August 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Great Info – Is there a way to speak with you on the phone or webcam? I would like to pick your brain more.

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  21. Danilo Torres Posted on September 3, 2018 at 7:19 am

    If only my church could understand this 😭

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  22. The Alaskan Outsider Posted on September 23, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Great points guys!!
    I'm investing in livestreaming for my production business and using it for church live streaming on the side!

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  23. Chad Vegas Posted on September 27, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I work in Production for a mega church in northern California and we live stream our services and have a viewership in the thousands per week. All I can say is that you guys are spot on! It's not for everyone and yes to get great Production value you need to have a large budget. I would say that any church that has less than 500 should seriously consider the options that you guys gave. So good! Keep it up. Fellas!

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  24. Rick Davis Posted on November 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    ROI? That sounds more like a business rather than a church. Is the intent of a church to lead people to Jesus or to lead them to the collection plate? I belong to a small cowboy church in south Texas and we do Livestream on Facebook. I'm a retired professional photographer that's getting into video since retiring so I have an interest in putting something out there that is appealing but I find myself wondering if it's really necessary. I know there are people who don't come to church now but do watch it on Facebook.

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  25. John Plocher Posted on November 22, 2018 at 1:34 am

    We were already recording and publishing our sermons with a fixed NTSC camera, and upgraded to a two camera HD system to improve production quality. We now pic-n-choose the key parts of the entire service and produce a weekly ~30 minute Readers Digest Condensed service for our remote community. With just a click on a button in the software, we'd be streaming too, but – as you point out – streaming is much more than just pressing a button!

    Without a community manager / streaming pastor to engage with the online community's comments and questions real time, without an outreach plan that ties in to the rest of the church's growth and ministry efforts, and without a way for the "in the pews" and the "on the couch" communities to interact and intermingle, streaming is simply a check-the-box low-grade entertainment experience for <others> and not a ministry that grows the Church.

    FWIW on the cost side – remote PTZ cameras run ~1k-$2k/ea, video capture cards add another $1k; cables and glue will run another $100+. Add in a computer, copyright licensing for streaming music, a speedy internet connection and an ad-free streaming host (required by that streaming copyright license), and your $5k looks pretty good – in the rear window 🙂

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  26. Christian Phillips Posted on January 20, 2019 at 1:42 am

    I believe live streaming is overrated as well and that most churches, especially less than 500 attendance, should absolutely NOT livestream. Why? Because you can SIMPLY record the service with camera and tripod, THEN upload to youtube or facebook an hour after recording. Will one hour make or break a person's day?? It gets the message out to members unable to attend AND it gets out to potential visitors, etc. Why do we complicate life by trying to provide a 'right now' live microwave society type message? Btw, most people who don't attend the church that they are a member of is because they are doing something else during that time, so they SHOULD also miss the 'live' stream technically. Lol. I see many comments of people making excuses to do something cause it's popular. To those who believe livestreaming should be in a church of less than 500, please tell me what benefit is there to livestream over simply prerecording then posting shortly afterwards? I'm waiting…

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  27. Deyquan Bowens Posted on February 4, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you!!! Someone finally said it lol! I think churches should record their service and archive it on YouTube.

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  28. JonGCruz Posted on March 1, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    No sure from where you pulled out those numbers. In New York we gather 3 services on Sunday with over 1,000 attendance on each. We broadcast on FB, YT, and the church apps. Currently using Sony XdCam cameras and black magic ATEM Studio switchers so our rig cost about $35,000 dollars. I respect your opinion but I believe your mentality should change a little bit, its kind of strange giving the days and times we are living (technology wise)

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  29. CASHMETY Posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Perhaps there are some instances where it is not warranted, however, at our church, (and we are certainly not the exception), we had to upgrade our A/V area with equipment that made switching media less of a distraction, due to constant malfunctions, by purchasing a video mixer for our PowerPoints and video presentations. The new equipment also supports live streaming, which was not our reason for the purchase. We do, however, take advantage of the capability to live stream, (which we now do on the church's Facebook page.) The entire setup, plus the ability to live stream costs us less than $3000.00. (We save quite a bit by not installing neon lights and stadium sound systems or motorcycle ramps!), Being an A/V/ tech myself, I knew how to find great prices, and did the installation and setup for free. Mind you, we were in need of new A/V equipment, which hadn't been addressed in well over 10 years, and the problems we were having with it was starting to become more and more of a distraction, during services, even though we were trying to keep everything together with little more than "spit, glue, and prayer. Once we started live streaming, we discovered that people who weren't always able to get to service would receive a notification that we were on, live. (Many in our congregation are on FaceBook), We caution church members that watching the live stream is no substitute for being present at church for fellowship, but it has been helpful especially for those who are sick. The really great thing, of course, is that the service is automatically stored for replay afterward.

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  30. Israel Lopez Posted on May 27, 2019 at 2:35 am

    My Church only has 7 members. I set up all the live streaming on my own with my own budget, started off by putting my laptop and just going live on Ustream (about 9 years ago). After that I went on Youtube Live, then I started live streaming on my phone. I then bought a DSLR for personal use and decided that id use it at church as well so I downloaded OBS on my own MacBook Pro. decided to buy an UltraStudio Blackmagic Video Recorder. Now every time we go live on Facebook we have friends and family that wait for our live stream. So Now I got some better equipment overtime and we stream with 1080p on facebook and youtube. Yes, I have spent lots of money on all my equipment and lighting but that has just been me on my own doing a work that I thought would help spread the word outside our four walls. I am a full-time student that does Postmates here and there. Now if your church has 75 members it should be easy. I'm pretty sure somebody has a 1080p camera laying around that they don't mind lending to the church every week. If you start little by little you will have a great setup that developed over time. Great Video!

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  31. Donovan Wright Posted on September 9, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I know you guys mentioned the idea of live Audio broadcasts of the service because it costs so much less. Do you have a how to video on that process, or know of any good resources that we would be able to look at regarding the equipment needed for that process. Thanks very much

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  32. Hope Worship Posted on September 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I disagree for churches under 350. You can get a professional, 1 camera LANC set up for like 2500$. You don’t need a switcher for 1 camera. Lol People looking for a church checks if there is a live stream first. We have families come in all the time that watched the live stream first.

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  33. Hope Worship Posted on September 10, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Sony HXR-NX100 -$1500
    Pro Tripod with LANC control $300
    Blackmagic thunderbolt capture card $150
    Used 2015 iMac with good specs $800
    Vmix basic HD $60
    focusrite scarlett 2i2 used 100$
    (To bring audio from soundboard to streaming computer )
    Total= $2910

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