YouTube Censorship and Your Church | Tech Help for Churches

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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, YouTube Censorship and Your Church

The other day, I happened upon a link that got me thinking, what if you built an audience on YouTube or used YouTube live-streaming and then there was a problem…international people could no longer see what you upload.

It may sound far-fetched or it may sound like something that would only affect the most backward of countries, but that’s not the case.

For copyright reasons, Google has proactively blocked YouTube in Germany. For religious reasons, many Muslim countries routinely block it. For political reasons, other countries sometimes block and unblock it.

So, what should you do? Maybe have a backup plan that people in other countries can go to if they like your videos. Otherwise, pray. It’s a tough problem to solve.

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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.