Mary Jahnke has a background in marketing, especially for Christian education, and serves as a content marketing specialist for Faithlife. She also has experience in church communications and is always looking for helpful knowledge to share.
All the leading voices agree — online church services are not just recording church. So then, what is online church? Here are some of the best principles experts agree on about how to think of online church.
In the past, many pastors saw live streaming church services as optional—not a must-have, but something that might be nice. But it’s now become clear that live streaming is an essential part of twenty-first-century ministry. Now more than ever, we know that live stream church services reach people who want to be in church but can’t, won’t go to church because they’ve been scarred or scared, or are searching for a good church.
Not long ago, I read an article arguing that live streaming doesn’t benefit the Church. Is that true? Surely, we have refined our process and found ways to engage live stream worshippers, making it easy for them to pivot to in-person worship.
If the people in your church don’t know smart ways to handle finances, they have fewer funds available to give. And what extra money they may otherwise have had can easily be gobbled up by forgotten subscription renewals or a mistaken idea of how much they’re spending. Many want to give more, they just don’t have the financial know-how to make it happen.
As a leader in a small church, you can’t afford to let church technology stand in the way of relationships. Technology can’t—and shouldn’t—replace relationships. Instead, it needs to empower the people of your church to deepen relationships with one another.
Live streaming is a powerful tool for digital discipleship, yet many churches are making common live stream mistakes without even knowing it.
Is yours? Let’s walk through the most common mistakes—and what to do about them—so you can make sure your live stream is taking every opportunity to draw people closer.
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