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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Live-streaming: People you need for a live-stream

A lot of churches add live-streaming to what they’re already doing. It’s not good enough to be a minimum viable ministry, but a “just press this button in addition to what you’re doing already” addition.

To do it right, though, you need to have more than one camera and a director. Each camera should be controlled by an operator dedicated to that camera.

The director needs to call shots and shape the final product.

It’s nice to have a producer to talk to church leaders during church and help the director. It’s also nice to have someone who is dedicated to making the sound the best in can be.

So, all-tolled, you need between 3 and 5 people at a minimum, unless you’re already doing IMAG or video for DVD/BluRay. You can add a little to those and get a decent stream. The problem is when you have one person doing sound, lyric projection, and now a live-stream. That’s too much. All three areas suffer as a result of that.

To get more people, look for still photographers that can be easily trained to run a video camera, teens, and retired folk.
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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.