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12 Live Streaming Providers to Consider

The practice of live streaming church services has gained popularity over the last few years. The impacts of COVID-19 certainly accelerated the move to live streaming for many churches. We've compiled this list to help you navigate the myriad of live streaming providers available. 

Hybrid Worship During Covid-19 and Beyond

I have been leading worship in a full-time capacity for twenty-two years. Still, nothing could have prepared me for a global pandemic, hybrid worship, and a situation that began in our church on Sunday, March 15, 2020. On that Sunday, our worship team did most everything we would normally do on Sunday with one major difference… there was no congregation in our worship space!  Like most churches across the country, and around the world, we found ourselves in an unprecedented scenario. One no one could have foreseen and one for which no seminary education could have prepared us. Our church had to learn how to minister to our people solely through livestream technology on Sundays and Zoom meetings throughout the week. 

Top 10 Video Switchers Under $1k

While it's possible to live-stream with a single camera and a software encoder, or even with multiple smartphones, using a video switcher is the way many churches should do it. First, what's a video switcher? A video switcher is NOT a selector switch that you'd pick up from a big online or electronics retailer. While it does the same thing, select video sources, it does so without the visual glitch on the screen that a selector produces.

SwitcherStudio Multi-Camera Live Streaming Platform [Review]

How do you get better production with limited resources when people will be sitting in seats that you used to be able to shoot from? That's where a multi-camera production comes in. In the past, multi-camera live streaming production has been very expensive. SwitcherStudio for iOS changes all that.

8 Tips for an Online Service Host

With the government temporarily requiring churches around the nation to shut their doors in response to COVID-19, online worship services are becoming the new norm. We don’t know how this will affect the way we do church in the long term. For the next few weeks or months, your church needs to figure out how to make an online worship service feel more like the real thing and welcome people who’ve never experienced a live stream service before.

Fix Your Live Stream Audio Fast

Churches have been scrambling to get their live streaming quality dialed in since the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world. Many churches are facing an urgent need to stream their services in order to stay connected to their congregation while we practice "social distancing." The challenge is that a lot of live streaming setups take time to test and calibrate before things run smoothly. When it comes to live streaming, quality audio is key. Here are the most important things you can do to improve your live stream audio quality fast.

What ‘Shelter in Place’ Means for Churches

The past week has brought with it monumental change for church leadership. No one has ever prepared for this scenario, and it is ever-evolving. I reside in the State of California, the first state in the Union to issue a 'Shelter in Place' order for the entire state. Other states are sure to follow with similar orders. In order to help churches adapt to the changing requirements, we are here to offer practical advice for church operations.

5 Great Facebook Live Tips for Churches

Facebook has provided a great way to stream live at no extra cost. Before smartphones and Facebook were born, churches had to use a TV or a radio station to stream their program live.