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Live streaming: From Live-stream to online campus

Having a live-stream for your church doesn’t mean that you have a new campus. It’s harder than that. I think you need four things to change your live-stream into a bona fide online campus.

A dedicated pastor.
While a pastor might have other areas of oversight, the online campus should be the area that he/she is responsible for, oversees, and prays for. Without a leader, the people on the online campus could devolve into bickering and nastiness instead of growth. They need a pastor.

Unique events.
Maybe it’s as small as a little video introduction before the service or a thank you for showing up. Maybe it’s full-on lifegroups where people meet together to discuss the message or their lives. Whatever it is, there should be something that you can only get online.

“Church” is a word that we’re so familiar with that we forget its meaning. Church is community. People need to interact to learn and grow, so without this element, the online stream is nothing more than a broadcast.

That’s really the point. If no one ever changes. If lives and eternities aren’t changed, why do it? You should see people come to Christ, addictions snapped, and lives saved…literally. If you don’t, you’re wasting resources that could be used elsewhere.

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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.