Being a pastor in Silicon Valley comes with its unique challenges. Recently our church leadership decided to look into what it would take to broadcast a live church service in order to start live streaming on social media.
We thought it would be a great way to get our message out to our community and let people know about the church. What we didn’t realize is there were more benefits to broadcasting a live church service than we ever realized.
Here are 3 of the top reasons a church should consider broadcasting a live church service.
Today’s Millennial Generation Views Live Church Services Before Visiting A Church
When young families ages 24-34 consider visiting a church, on average they will watch 6 videos of your church before deciding to come visit. (Source) Many people wrestle with the concept of actually showing your live church services. They have a concept that is actually a secular concept that places a taboo on public spirituality. “Our relationship with God is a private matter.”
However, Jesus said….
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV)
What can be more light shining or a better work than worshiping God and then opening up your church services for the world to see? The idea that our relationship with God is private is one that keeps Christian spirituality in a box and away from the public arena. It limits our effectiveness to change our world.
Does this mean that we have a flood of young families coming to our church? No. But the ones that do come, have enjoyed our church and were not surprised by what we do or what we teach.
Live Church Services Provides Ministry To The Elderly And Sick
One of the things we never thought about when we first started talking about live streaming our church services is the ministry it would become to the sick and elderly in our church and even other churches. Most of the small local churches in our area do not have a video ministry set up. The large ones do but not the small ones.
We have had more than one person tell us that they watched our service while they were sick. We have had others tell us that they appreciated us live streaming our services because they could not attend their local church anymore.
In fact, we have more people that watch our live stream on Facebook than we have attend our church. It is a real service to our community. It is more than just a marketing ploy. It is serving a need.
Matthew 25:36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (NKJV)
Providing a live church service for people to watch is one way, (Not the only way) that we can fulfil our calling to meet people’s needs when they are unable to come to church.
Some people may be concerned about this causing people not to attend the Sunday service. Personally we found that people appreciate our church more for providing this service and it has caused a little increase in faithfulness rather than a decrease. They are able to stay connected when they are unable to attend.
To Enable Extended Family Members To Watch Special Events
How many of us would love to watch our grandchildren in their Christmas play? All of us right? What if we live across the country from them?
Or how many of us would like to watch our child give their first sermon or communion talk? Whatever the special event, many people who are extended family members would love the opportunity to see these events.
We become servants to our church family when we become servants to their extended family.
Mark 9:35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (NKJV)
What greater testimony to our communities and our churches can we have than the reputation that those people are willing to serve our families?
More than once our church has received a thank you letter from somebody who has been touched because of the online presence of our church even though they have never met us personally.
Our church video ministry has been a blessing to others. Isn’t that what being “the church” is about?
I am sure some are wondering if I am even going to mention ministering the gospel. Our church ministers the gospel every day in one shape or another. Gospel means good news. We minister the good news of Jesus to young families. We minister it to the sick and elderly, and we minister it to extended family members.
To me, that is enough reasons to broadcast our live church service online.
If you are interested in learning more about how to start a ministry live streaming your church services you might be interested in my adventure in setting up a church live stream in my ultimate guide to church live streaming.
I have been a pastor since 1988 when we were flipping transparencies on overhead projectors. Church technology has changed a lot since then. They didn’t teach this stuff in Bible College and Seminary when I went and they still don’t in many schools. I hope that Easy Church Tech will become a resource for all the pastors and leaders in small to medium sized churches to find easy to understand guides and recommendations for their church technology needs.