The world of live streaming has always been viewed as somewhat of a risk. For many, these technologies were overwhelming. Yet over time, and with the introduction of Facebook Live and other popular live streaming platforms, more people recognized that live streaming is not only possible, but essential for connecting with others and growing audiences.
Nothing can be more true than for houses of worship, which led me to write the book “Helping Your Church Live Stream.” I wanted to build upon the experience my PTZOptics team and I had working with houses of worship that wanted to create regular live streams. Many were deeply feeling the effects of their aging congregants. Weekly worship services weren’t always possible for elderly, infirmed or shut-in members. For these houses of worship, a live stream gave them hope for continuing to share the message of God to those who needed it more than ever.
Throughout those collaborative experiences, we were able to connect technology experts and volunteers interested in helping their houses of worship reach their full potential. We brought the unfamiliar to a level that could be easily adopted for those who previously wouldn’t consider live streaming a viable option. I’m proud that our team was able to cover audio engineering, lighting and power over ethernet, as well as best practices for scheduling live streams on social media networks. Our team has even created a live streaming guide for senior living centers, so they can ensure worship services are enjoyed by their residents, too.
Bringing all of that collective experience and knowledge together, our team hosted Worship Summit Live in January. The digital event was such an enormous success, with thousands of viewers, that we decided to take it to the next level with Worship Summit Live 2.0
Worship Summit Live 2.0 will be fully virtual, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, immediately prior to Holy Week. In the height of the worst pandemic that has affected our society in modern times, we know the importance of worshipers maintaining a faith experience. Worship Summit Live 2.0 will offer a full day of education to those engaged in technologies for houses of worship. Like our previous summit, Worship Summit Live 2.0 will bring together church production experts who will lead instruction on the best communications and audiovisual tools for houses of worship to better connect with the communities they serve. Dr. Barry Hill will be our keynote speaker. Hill, a professor of audio engineering and an expert in musical ministry, is the author of “Mixing For God: A Volunteer’s Guide to Church Sound.”
P.S – Did you know that the PTZOptics team will ship your church a copy of the Helping Your Church Live Stream book for free amidst the coronavirus outbreak? These are tough times and their team wants to help. Request a free book here https://ptzoptics.com/book