‘Online, Streaming, Facebook live, YouTube Premiere, watch parties.’ All fabulous new words that have become part of the church world fast. As churches around the world are streaming collectively, we are learning a lot of interesting things. One of the elements coming to the fore is that doing online church the same way we did in person church doesn’t engage our online congregation in the same way. Now we have to wrestle with how to boost online church engagement.[Read more…] about Boost Online Church Engagement; Unleash Some Creativity
We are living in the age of the Internet. I hate to say it is the golden age, because who knows what is coming. We haven’t had VR for that long and barely have online streaming games at this point with Alphabet’s Stadia. Hopefully there is more to come.
But what we do have now is near instantaneous connections with millions and billions of people. We need to know where to look to find them, but they are there. Whether social media like Facebook and Twitter, online forums like Reddit, blogs like this one, newsletters, and so on and so on.
[You’re reading a post in a series about live streaming church services. You might want to start at Part 1. Or don’t. I’m not your mom.]
Live church streaming is awesome, but like most newer technology, it’s over-hyped and over-recommended. Not every church needs to be streaming their services. Not every church needs a 144 square-foot screen or a long-throw HD projector. Not every church needs a dozen light bars and a smoke machine.
And yet, somehow, every church needs donuts and bad coffee, but I digress:
Streaming is not for every church, and I’d like to give you a few indicators so that you can determine if live streaming is for you.
About a year ago, we began to live church streaming our services. I can’t remember who exactly, but someone expressed the following fear:
A year later, and we haven’t lost anyone to our live stream. Neither have we gained hundreds of digital congregants, as is often suggested when live streaming is talked about. However, a lot of good has come from it, and over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of that with you, along with some suggestions for how to add it to your church.
Many of you know that I work as a public school teacher at a school with a 1:1 computer program. This had provided me with a number of technological insights, and one of them has been the value a digital classroom / learning space.
In my school, we use a platform called “Schoology,” and I have to say that it’s quite useful. Of course, other platforms have been floated as possible replacements, as we are continually looking for the best platform to aid us in educating our students. The more recent contender is Google Classroom. Of course, this might be one Google application that you’re not familiar with, as it is reserved for teachers and schools only.[Read more…] about The Google Classroom for Sunday School?
A common mistake in digital strategy for churches is to take on too much too soon. Each church needs to start where it is and build its digital strategy from the ground up.
Where should your church start?
Take a look the Digital Maturity Model and figure out where your church is today. Then, simply work your way around the circle.