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Live Streaming at Online Church

About 7 years ago I first started experimenting with live streaming using a platform called Mogulus (now Livestream.com).  We simply hooked up a handy-cam to a laptop and were live!  It wasn't fancy, but it worked and thanks to social media we literally doubled our audience in a moment.  I've learned a lot since this time and took almost a 5 year hiatus from live streaming.  

You might have assumed I took a step back in technology.  At the end of the day it was less about technology and more about strategy.  We felt we could create a better experience with some post edits as well as using simulated live experiences allows us to reach people in different time zones more effectively.  This strategy has served us well, but technology has changed and we feel we are now at a place to better offer both live streamed services as well as simulated live experiences.  

So today is the day that we beta test live streaming after weeks of setup and we will publicly launch next week.  While the act of live streaming itself isn't complicated, the moving parts can be.  Here are some of the steps we've had to work through:

  • Video/audio feed through the switcher and into the encoder
  • Separate audio mix as live room mix rarely sounds good through a live stream
  • Dedicated internet line to make sure there's stable bandwidth
  • Embed/Integration with Media Social
  • Countdown clock added to CommunityBible.com
  • Integration into Roku Channel and Amazon Fire TV App
  • Integration in the CBC Mobile App

I'm sure there is more, but you get the point that it's not a simple task.  Let me be clear though, the potential ministry impact is well worth the effort invested!  

I will share more in the coming weeks, but until then I would love for you to check out our Live Streamed services at OnlineChurch.com and let me know what you think.  We will be live streaming this morning at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm CST.  I hope to see you there!

I want to also say an extra thank you to the great folks at Media Fusion.  They offer the best technology at the best prices when it comes to live streaming and media distribution for churches.  Even better than the technology that they offer are the people behind the technology.  I can't recommend them enough to you and your church!

Looking Forward to 2013

As I look forward to 2013, there are so many things that I look forward to!  Here are the first that come to mind: - Launch of the CBC Mobile App with iGivings

- Release of Social Media Guide for Ministry with Group

- Development of CommunityBible.com with Plain Joe Studios

- Expansion of Online Church with WebMinistry Team at CBC

- Leading App Session at All Access Conference

- Online Ministry Development for Life Without Limbs

As I look at this list of things that I'm excited about, it is often who I am/will be working with that gets me excited as what I will be doing.  I feel so blessed about the people God has allowed me to work alongside and feel so privileged to not just work with some of the most qualified people, but all are incredibly godly leaders as well.  It's going to be a good year!  As I know I will learn so much through these new experiences, I cannot wait to share them with you all and learn from you as well.

Bring on 2013!


Social Media Basics

Yesterday I was privileged to speak at the Men's Breakfast at Community Bible Church about the basics of Social Media.  I wanted to share my notes with you here: How to Use Social Media:

Step 1: Search

Step 2: Listen

Step 3: Keep Listening

Step 4: Share

Step 5: Listen and Respond



The Other Social Networks:

Twitter- Short 140 character messages (think Text messages)

LinkedIn- Professional network online (more than a place to post resume)

YouTube- Videos and Search


The Other Other Social Networks:

Instagram- Photo sharing

Pinterest- Idea Sharing

Google Plus- Google’s version of Facebook

FaithVillage- Christian Social Network


The Primary Social Network: Facebook

Profile- About Yourself

Wall- What you Share Publicly and what others say publicly to you

Messages- Just like Email

Pages- Like Profiles by for organizations

Newsfeed- What Facebook thinks you want to know (selected posts from people that you are friends with or pages that you like)

Groups- Great for LifeGroups as they can be open, closed, or secret

Privacy- You choose what others see and don’t see


Top 5 Social Media Mistakes:

1)   Negativity

2)   TMI

3)   Politics/Agendas

4)   All Communication/No Conversation

5)   All Professional/Never Personal


* Be Accountable while Online (share your passwords with your spouse/accountability partner)


CBC Online

Online Church- http://mycbconline.com

CBC Espanol- http://cbcespanol.com

CBC LifeGroups Online- http://cbclifegroupsonline.com

CBC Women Online- http://cbcwomenonline.com


Facebook- http://facebook.com/CBConline

Twitter- http://twitter.com/mycbconline

YouTube- http://youtube.com/communitybibleonline