Online Sermon Video Consulting
We’re ready to help your church transition to streaming your services online.
The church has left the building! Online streaming has suddenly become the only available path for public church services across the country. Churches will either adapt and create new opportunities to connect in community online, or risk losing significant momentum while waiting to hold in-person services once more. We’ll come alongside your church to quickly assess and launch online sermons on your church website. This includes honing in on the combination of live streaming and recorded online sermons that match your church’s capabilities and budget. If your solution requires equipment, we’ll provide you with a list of what to buy. If your solution requires third party services such as Vimeo or YouTube, we’ll walk you through exactly what you need for setup. In short, we’ll get you up and running with online sermons in a hurry. Our work will include minor web development needed to connect your assets. More extensive web development will be billed at our standard hourly rates.
Where to Start
In order to move your church toward online streaming, you should first answer a few questions:
- How much money can you devote to setting up and maintaining your live stream?
- How much time can you devote to our church’s streaming services throughout the week?
- What is your church’s technical ability?
- Do you plan to record your service ahead of time and then stream live during your planned service times, or plan to actually stream live?
- Do you plan to live stream the whole service (music and sermon) or only the sermon? (Streaming with Music?)
Based on your budget, time and abilities, we might recommend one of the following options:
Option 1: Start Streaming Now (Cost: $0)
If your church is new to live streaming and a small budget to get started, you can start live streaming today.
What You Need:
- Optional: External Microphone – Sound quality is important. The Rode VideoMic Me clips right on to your mobile device or tablet and costs under $50. The Rode VideoMic Pro+ at $299 is a big step up in quality. Both mics will work on Android and Apple devices, however, if your apple device does not have a headphone jack, you will need an Apple Lightning to 3.5mm adapter. You will also need the Rode SC7 cable to get the VideoMic Pro+ working correctly on your device.
The tripod is used for stability. Set your phone up on the tripod and make sure everything is in the shot as you wish it to be. Once you’re ready, simply begin live streaming your service through either Facebook or Youtube:
Streaming on Facebook:
- Go to your church’s Facebook page.
- Click on “Live Video” button (It will try to find a camera).
- Once your video and sound are working click the “Go Live” button on the bottom right of the screen.
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Streaming on Youtube:
- Go to your church Youtube channel
- Click on “Youtube studio” on your Youtube channel.
- Click on “Channel”, then “Advanced Channel Settings”.
- Make sure live streaming is enabled.
- When you are ready to stream - at the top of the screen, click on the little camera button with a plus symbol in it. Doing so will bring up 3 options. Click, “Go live”
- This will bring up a screen where you can create a title and make other privacy-related choices for your video.
Option 2: Live Stream to Multiple Devices with 1 Camera and Lyric/Graphic Presentation (Cost: $1,500-$2,000 set up with $75/month)
This option is useful if you want to embed your livestream into your church website while also streaming to Facebook and Youtube. There are many ways a church can livestream their services, but for simplicity, below is the way we suggest.
What You Need:
- Camera – Between $500-$1,500 depending on your needs
- Computer (connected to the camera)
Streaming with Music?
If your church plans to stream live music, it is important to add the Streaming License to your CCLI Church Copyright License. CCLI ensures your church is covered to prepare and play music during church services. Makes sure to add on the streaming license if you plan to stream worship during your services.
Regarding Music Quality
Music quality matters. People will generally stick around when the video quality is lower but will not tolerate poor audio quality. Whether you are streaming only sermons or an entire worship service, take some time to ensure you are offering the highest sound possible.
What to Do with Sermon Videos
After your church shares a video live, you will need to figure out where that video should live going forward. Missional Marketing has developed a Sermon Video Library that will host your sermon videos in a Netflix-like viewing experience. Our Sermon Video Library platform employs advanced SEO practices which allow sermon videos contained therein to serve as excellent landing pages for Google Ad Grant Campaigns, as well as generate organic traffic from those searching for felt-need topics that your sermons address.
Once your church is ready to live stream services, it’s important to communicate to your congregants and advertise to those looking for online streaming services. Missional Marketing is ready to help your church promote your streaming services with a Church at Home Landing Page and digital advertising campaign.
We Can Help
If your church needs help setting up or solving a livestream problem, let us know. We’d love to help your church share the message of Jesus as effectively as possible online. Consider us your church’s personal tech team, ready to help your church live stream this Sunday!Contact Us To Get Started