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Should Your Church Live Stream Services?

Written by Mark Steinbrueck

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Trying to find a new church can be difficult.

Whether a person has just moved into the area, is dissatisfied with their current church, or hasn’t been a part of a church for years, a potential visitor wants to feel comfortable.  To do that they usually check out your church online before visiting.

Live streaming your worship services allows people to see what they can expect from your church and helps them make the decision to visit your church in person.

Why should your church consider live streaming services? 

According to a recent study…

  • Seventy-five percent of digital church leaders reported that people attended online services first then showed up in person.
  • Many online attendees were found to be living within driving distance of the church, with 42 percent reporting such attendance.
  • 58 percent said they agree that online ministry is helpful to their church.
  • Thirty-eight percent saw an increase in giving since launching their online ministry.

Live streaming your services gives your church the ability to reach an audience outside the physical walls of your church.   One of the most easily identified benefits to live streaming your church service is allowing members who cannot make it to the service a chance to participate.  Members may be sick, out of town, or for other reasons unable to attend in person.  Providing an option to watch the service from your website increases their connection to the church and allows them to worship and hear the Word of God from anywhere.

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Is Live Streaming Services Difficult?

Some churches may not want to set up live streaming services because they believe that it’s too difficult or time-consuming.   On the contrary, it’s as easy and convenient as ever. Whether you are using a computer or mobile device, setting up and recording church services is quick and easy especially when you partner with a Christian ministry that caters specifically to churches.   They can provide your church with step-by-step instructions on how to set up live streaming and assist via live support should there be any bumps in the road.

Is Live Streaming Services Expensive?

One of the big myths of live streaming is that it is expensive.  Some people see large, prominent churches live streaming services and believe that their church cannot do the same because they have a smaller budget.  Even with the smallest of budgets, live streaming is still an option.

Here is your Live Streaming solution:

OurChurch.Com has been serving churches for over 20 years.  We offer many services that benefit your church, however, we do not offer live streaming for your church services.  Live streaming is an important part of reaching those in your community and around the world, so OCC looked for a partner who specialized in live streaming for churches.  We are excited to announce a new partnership with StreamingChurch.TV.

StreamingChurch.tv has been serving churches since 2001.  What makes them unique is they only serve churches and ministry organizations.  They have a heart for reaching people for Christ.

Below are the top 5 benefits to StreamingChurch.tv:

  1. Connect with viewers – Only StreamingChurch.tv provides automated tools that allow you to Follow Up with your guests after they attend your weekend service online.
  2. Integrate with website – Seamlessly embed us on your website! We’ll send the code and help you implement it. Viewers can attend right on your church website.
  3. Superior reliability – Reliability is of utmost importance. We’ve had over 1.5 million viewer hours without a single minute of interruption over the past two years.
  4. Completely customizable – Choose one of our professional designs or create your own to match your existing site.
  5. 30 Day free trial – Free setup assistance. Free 30 days with all features enabled. Free consultation and awesome support.

In fact, StreamingChurch.tv could be called the “Unlimited Streaming Service”:

  • Unlimited bandwidth – All of our plans include unlimited streaming for almost all ministries.
  • Unlimited support – Contact us 7 days a week including Sunday morning for live assistance on the phone or email.
  • Unlimited church growth – We know ministry and will help you grow yours through streaming and other features we offer.
  • Unlimited easy – Super easy streaming without the need for a church tech expert and we will help you set things up if needed.

Can I archive my services that I live stream?

Although it’s great to watch services live, sometimes that is not possible.  Because of this, when live streams are finished, they can be archived for future viewing. With StreamingChurch.tv you can archive your services and have them available to be watched as many times as your viewers want.

This is especially important if you have a special service such as Easter, Christmas, etc. It may not even be a special holiday service but rather a service that was especially impactful that one of your members wants to watch again or share with a friend.  Having these memories saved can be very special and important to your members.

Check out what people are saying about StreamingChurch.tv:

We are so glad we have chosen StreamingChurch.tv! Their quality and customer service has been impeccable.  Pastor Spenser T. Ellis, Citadel of Praise, Detroit, MI

Easy to set up and use, excellent tech support!  Willie Williams, New Hope Baptist Church , Perry, GA

StreamingChurch.tv is doing a great job for us, we have viewers from at least four continents watching us every week, amazing.  Duane Hett, Trinity Fellowship, Tyler, TX

What is the cost to use StreamingChurch.tv?

First, StreamingChurch.tv gives you 30 days to test out services for FREE!  Yes, FREE!!!  After you try their services, you will likely want to keep the benefits of live streaming, so they offer two different options to choose from.  In addition they price match any of their competition (though their competition is usually much more expensive).

In fact they even give you the necessary live streaming hardware at no cost.

Can I use other live streaming services with my OurChurch.Com website?

Yes, you can integrate any live streaming service with your OurChurch.Com. Most will provide you with HTML code to embed into your website. For help with embedding HTML code into your website, see WP-EZ 2.0 Help Embedding HTML or WP-EZ 1.0 Help Embedding HTML or contact our support team.

If you’re interested in Streaming Church, click here to review their services in more detail.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the package that you want to try for free.  Then follow the instructions to set up your account and get started.

UPDATE April 6: After being closed to new churches for 2 weeks (due to huge demand), Streaming Church is now accepting new churches.

If you have any questions about StreamingChurch.tv, please post them in the comments below.  If we at OCC can answer them, we will.  If not, we will get the experts at StreamingChurch.tv to assist you.

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About the author

Mark Steinbrueck

Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold. Find on Google+.

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