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4 Simple Ways to Make Online Worship Seamless

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Help your people more easily focus on God when you create a seamless online worship experience.

Producing a seamless online worship experience should be a priority for your team. Worship, in all forms, requires focusing on God and not on anything else. Therefore, by eradicating or mitigating distractions for your people, you will create a space that encourages the focus to be on God, and not the production process. 

Sometimes, it is difficult to pinpoint where you’re going wrong, especially if you are still grappling with getting your church online due to the pandemic. To help you out, here are 4 ways to make online worship seamless for your people:

4 Simple Ways to Make Online Worship Seamless

1. Add text overlay on your live stream

Cut out the need for someone to introduce themselves or have someone else verbally introduce the next speaker when you live-stream your services or events. This can get clumsy and a little bit awkward, not to mention managing the exits and entrances of several people in the production process. So, how about introducing text overlays on your live stream to make the online worship experience more seamless?

You can use text overlays to provide the name of the person onscreen and additional information that will help online worshippers understand who the person is. Text overlays are also really handy for introducing worship songs as your band plays the intro. Implementing text overlays will certainly make the online worship experience for your people far more seamless.

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2. Use on-screen annotations to draw more attention

Live streaming has been a revolutionary development and has enabled churches to serve their congregations throughout the pandemic. However, we cannot deny that our brains engage more effectively with audiological information if we have other visual aids to reinforce what is being said on screen. 

Onscreen annotations can be used to demonstrate or enhance the point being made by the speaker. Circles, arrows, rectangles, and even speech bubbles are really effective in helping your people engage with the information onscreen so that they remember it and live it out in their day-to-day lives.

Our brains engage better with audiological information if we have other visual aids to reinforce what is being said on screen. On-screen annotations and text overlays are key to online worship productions. Click To Tweet

3. Have captivating monitor displays

Captivating visual extravagance is the name of the game right now. Through apps, advertising, and leisure activities, our eyes and brains have been trained to expect vivid and captivating content. And this should be reflected in your monitor displays at church and through online live streaming.

A good dose of creativity can mean that your display screens will create engaging experiences that serve your people. Powerful images and graphics can draw people in, helping them engage with the message of the day. A captivating display will also make the online live streaming experience more seamless and cohesive, as you can reflect a sermon’s theme, a current season, or a particular occasion through your visual displays. 

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4. Read your notes via confidence monitors

Seamless online worship involves jumping through very different hoops than you do for in-person worship. One of these hoops is considering that the camera angle may not always accommodate for the downward glances that your pastor needs to do if he is checking notes on a phone or tablet screen. This also goes for your announcers. It can look really odd when people onscreen are grappling with other devices or papers. 

Sending your notes directly to your confidence monitors will make the online production process considerably more seamless, thus not distracting people from what you have to say. If you do this, you can look up and toward the cameras at all times, gleaning information from the monitors as you speak. This will help your online people feel like they are ‘in the room’, rather than on the other side of an awkward screen barrier.

When live streaming, remember that the camera angle will not always accommodate downward glances at your notes. Try sending your notes directly to your confidence monitors for a seamless online worship experience. Click To Tweet

THE KEY TO SEAMLESS ONLINE WORSHIP

Something that should never be forgotten is that it takes a team to produce seamless online events. It’s not a one-person job and so it is important to build a great support team that works together to create a fantastic online experience for your people. 

Did you know that your team can, and should, include technology? Remember that certain technology can be a part of how you produce seamless online worship experiences. Software is out there to help your process and your team deliver excellence.

What about exploring the software that can help you produce a seamless online worship event? Check out the BONUS section in How to Take Your Church Online in Under 24 Hours.

2 COMMENTS

  1. That’s a great observation Dan, and you’re right, there’s a big difference between online church and online ministry. Broadcasting a live service doesn’t mean your church is doing online ministry … because online is not a broadcast medium, but a narrowcast medium. Any size church can do online ministry when they realize this difference.
    Creating content that is narrowcast to the people in your local community and addresses the things they are uniquely facing creates an opportunity to do ministry—which is beyond simply steaming live. In fact, it may mean you stop streaming Sunday services altogether and instead create a midweek podcast or YouTube content that speaks directly to the local community … then invite them to attend Sunday services on-site.

  2. I am seeing a difference between what is Online Church and Streaming Church is that correct? It seems that Online Church is here to stay what about Streaming Live can a church do some of the things you are doing for that too. Names of people on screen and confidence monitors, etc? Just inquiring about how a small church of under 75 can help develop an effective online presence to minister better to those who are engaging online? I guess I want to do the best we can with what we have to minister to others. Thank you.

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