Live-streaming: Keeping your congregation safe | Tech, No Babel

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Live-streaming — Keeping your congregation safe

Today’s podcast is inspired by a column I wrote for Church Production Magazine in 2014.

The idea came as a result of a discussion I had online. There was a church who had a member that was found by someone that she didn’t want to find her on the church’s live-stream. Happily, the story ended well, but the church had decided that people in the congregation would no longer show up on the live-stream.

I think this is “throwing the baby out with the bath water.” There are very good reasons to include shots of the congregation in live-stream. Sometimes, it’s hard not to show them, like when the pastor walks among them during the message.

So how can you protect them?

Have no shoot areas.
Have a no shoot list.
Have no shoot services.
Make it clear when kids will be onstage (like a children’s choir) so that parents can opt them out.
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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, 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 a peak of 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. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.