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Live-streaming: Why your church shouldn’t do it

There are some issues that you should look out for before you start live-streaming because they could mean that you’ll have to stop or that the ministry will become unwieldy. Look out for these:

Attendance: Blaming the live-stream for an attendance drop
Not making it a priority: Not being willing to pay the cost to keep things up let alone growing.
Buying too much gear: Buying stuff you won’t use immediately and letting it sit unused for years.
Thinking it will solve all your problems: A live stream won’t necessarily fix your attendance, raise your budget, etc. Don’t expect that it will.
Not having clear goals: Know what success looks like.
Mission Creep: Does it start small and get bigger to the point where it’s gets unmanageable?
Fear of experimentation: Can you grow in your production or will you stay the way you are?

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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.