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Most churches start out with a single camera in the back of the auditorium for their live-stream. While that’s technically a live-stream, let me challenge you to skip that step and go to the next level with a team that actually produces video for your live-stream.

Ideally, you’d want all of these positions to be filled:
Producer
Director
Technical Director
Broadcast Audio Engineer
and two camera people

The producer provides the vision, plan, and facilitates communication in the team. The director communicates with the TD and camera people to form the visual look of the stream.

The technical director (TD) actually runs the switcher, changing between shots as called by the director.

The audio engineer remixes the audio so that it sounds good online.

The camera people run the cameras and get the shots that the director calls for.

Many of these roles can be combined, but I’d stick to a minimum of four if at all possible. The director could lead all aspects, the audio engineer would oversee the audio, and two camera people would run cameras.

Four isn’t a lot, but it’s a lot more than the one that most churches normally use. I think the quality of a good team speaks for itself, though.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.