How to do Church Online
With the European Union now being one of the epicentres of COVID19, we are all confronted with the impact of the virus on our daily routines. In Ireland, gatherings of more than 4 people have been banned which therefore includes our church services (unless you have a small church!).
On Sunday, many churches across Europe went digital, web streaming their services/sermons. For many churches, that’s a relatively easy thing to do even though they might need to scale up capacity. But what about those who are not familiar with smartphones, computers, and websites? How do we make sure they are not left behind? And how do we compensate for the lack of informal contacts? How do we organise pastoral care in situations where physical proximity is not possible? What tools do we have to stay in touch and look after one another as brothers and sisters keeping privacy in mind?
EAI will continue to update this page with suggestions, resources and stories as we gather them. If you can share your experience and knowledge please email us at email@example.com so we can help broaden the knowledge and spread the gospel.
- Coronavirus – The Church Guide to how congregations can prepare for the potential disruption and gospel opportunities (PDF)
- Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus – Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College
- A Beginner’s Guide to Church Live Streaming
- How To Live Stream A Church Service
- Lessons learnt from live streaming church
- Church Online Platform
- How Do I Live Stream On YouTube For My Church?
- A beginner’s guide to going live with your service or event for free
- A note about copy writing and song licensing in churches
- Facebook Live for Churches and Religious Organisations
- How Do You Stream Church Services Using An IP Camera?
- Tutorial: Live streaming your service to Periscope and Twitter
(updated 3rd April 2020)
Member Suggestions from Betania Church, Cornerstone & DEC
We are all beginning to hear and use a whole array of online resources, apps and websites to connect with our families, friends and work. Whatsapp, Messenger, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Zoom, Instagram and many more online apps are helping us to stay in touch.
Two of our EAI members have agreed to share their expertise and experiences with the wider evangelical network and we thank them and appreciate this help to our members and friends.
Betania Church in Damastown, Dublin, have been live streaming their services through Youtube and other online services, for a number of years. Their pastor, Valerian Jurjea, has kindly shared a useful Coronavirus guide to help congregations prepare for the potential disruption and gospel opportunities we all face at this present time (produced by SermonCentral). It also contains many details about setting up, editing and broadcasting both live and recorded services online.
You can visit their Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz_gZK0gg8zV0n_Tks3jnBg and visit their website at https://www.betania.ie/
Richie Gardener is responsible for doing live streaming with his church, Cornerstonechurch (http://www.cornerstonechurch.ie/) and we thank him for offering his wisdom and experience to this section.
“I pre-record all videos and play them as live just to ensure we don’t suffer from quality of connection to home connections. I stream out to Facebook live and YouTube at the same time and the best service I have found to do this, and one which we are currently using, is https://restream.io/.
I use ecamm live Mac software (https://ecamm.com/) to send video live to restream (obs & vmix similar) and the best cameras to use with ecamm live, which allows streaming live, are most Canon DSLR, as ecamm live will see it as a webcam when connected via USB.
I’m not sure if many churches know, but they can avail of Microsoft, Adobe and now Zoom donation programmes via https://enclude.ie/ – 50% discount of zoom for example, and Microsoft Office365 for free!”
You can visit their online services at https://live.cornerstonechurch.ie
Dunlaoghaire Evangelical Church (DEC)
DEC are now broadcasting their weekly church services (along with other midweek content) on their website. They have shared some of their production knowledge below:
Equipment: Canon 760D, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, (tripod – about €80 new)
Editing Software: Adobe Illustrator Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator (for graphics)
Audio: Mic feeding directly into camera’s aux port
Time frame: 15 minutes set up, recording dependant on content, 1-2 hours editing
Live Streaming: YouTube Livestream with Encoder, using OBS as Encoder. Instagram works, but if cameras & production is desired YouTube is the best choice.
You can visit their online services at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ABblxUd0wlK_jVpGvrX9w and visit their website at http://www.dec.ie/