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How to livestream your church services

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Here are four helpful video resources to aid your church in livestreaming services:

1. Livestream tutorial (see video below)

2. Stream your church to Facebook (basics) - a resource from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board (see video below)

3. How to livestream your sermon this Sunday - a resource from NAMB (click here)

4. Stream your church to Facebook (advanced) - a resource from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board (click here)

5. Use Getty Music Published Songs on a License-Free Basis


Doing virtual church services and/or prayer meetings has become a common and necessary practice. With that in mind, the Kentucky Baptist Convention is giving you a step-by-step guide for setting up and hosting on-line services and prayer meetings via Facebook Live.


To Facebook Live your services, take the following steps:

Step 1 – Set up a personal Facebook account.

Step 2 – Set up a Facebook Group (your church)

Step 3 – Invite church members to join your Facebook Group

Step 4 – Determine what camera you will use

Step 5 – Prepare for virtual services and prayer meetings

Step 6 – Use Facebook Live to make your events available online


Step 1 – Set Up Your Personal Facebook Account.
(these steps are taken directly from Facebook’s website.)

  1. Go to facebook.com/r.php.
  2. Enter your name, email or mobile phone number, password, date of birth and gender.
  3. Click Sign Up.
  4. To finish creating your account, you need to confirm your email or mobile phone number.

Once you have a personal Facebook account, you can then add a Group. This group should be your church.


Step 2 – Set Up a Facebook Group Page for Your Church.
(these steps are taken directly from Facebook’s website.)

  1. Click Create in the top right of Facebook and select Group.
  2. Enter your group name, add group members and then choose the privacy option for your group.
  3. Click Create.

Once you create your group, you personalize it by uploading a cover photo and adding a description.


Step 3 – Invite church members to join your Facebook Group .

Now that your church has a Facebook Group, you will need to invite them to join the group so that, when you or someone in the group, posts an announcement, prayer requests, etc… the entire group receives that information.

  1. Locate the “Invite Members” space on the Facebook page.
  2. Type the name of those you are inviting to join the group as it is used on their personal Facebook page. They will receive an invitation to join the group.



Step 4 – Determine what camera you will use and purchase that camera.

Option 1, Mevo – Many churches that are streaming their services via Facebook Live utilize Mevo.  It is affordable and effective. To find out more about Mevo click on the link below.

https://mevo.com/

Option 2, Your Smart Phone – While this isn’t the best of options, it will work and will make it possible for you to have your services up and running immediattely.



Step 5 – Prepare for virtual services and prayer meetings.

  1. Church Services: While your services will have a much different feel to them, they needn’t be without music, prayer, preaching, and an invitation to respond to the gospel. A few effective formats are listed below.
    • Service as usual with the worship band and pastor doing the service in the Worship Center from the stage without anyone else in attendance.
    • One musician, a guitarist or keyboardist leading the musical portion of worship. The pastor will lead the rest of the service including welcoming everyone, prayer times, etc… and preaching. These leaders can do this from their home, a room in the church building, or the Worship Center/Sanctuary.
    • The Pastor leading a prayer time and preaching the sermon from his home. In this situation there’s no musical worship experience.
  1. Prayer Meetings: In times of world-wide distress it’s imperative that crying out to God in prayer be an ongoing practice for every church. Facebook Live is very conducive to prayer meetings.
    • The Pastor can host the Prayer Meeting seated in front of his personal computer. The camera on his computer will show viewers his face (he and his wife if he so chooses) as he leads the experience.
    • Those joining the prayer meeting can type in their prayer request or comment and the pastor will see it and can respond to it as he sees fit.

In order to have people in attendance for any of these on-line experiences, you’ll need to consistently send them reminders.



Step 6 – Use Facebook Live to make your events available online.
(these steps are taken directly from Facebook’s website.)

 

To start a Facebook Live gathering, take the following steps (That is, after you have your camera in place, rightly connected to your computer, etc…)

Step 1: Click Create Post at the top of your News Feed.

Step 2: Click  then click Live Video.

Step 3: Write something about your live video.

Step4: Click Go Live in the bottom right.

Note: Use the Google Chrome web browser to go live from your computer.