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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Live-streaming: Live-chat

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There’s a danger in having a live-chat on your church’s live-stream. In a very real way, you’re giving up control of the creation of some of the content on your church’s site to total strangers. This can be really scary to many churches, but there are some very good reasons you’d want to do it and ways to minimize the danger, too.

If you want to foster community in your online campus, consider a live-chat to go with your live-stream. Sure, there’s a danger, but the truth is that community is worth the risk.

When you’re looking for live-chat software, look for something that can use a facebook or twitter sign up in addition to creating a login. This way people watching your church service don’t need to remember another login and password. It also means that they’re less likely to act like trolls because their real names are associated with their chat.

It’s nice to have a moderation function so that people can keep chat civil. Also, it’s nice to be able to have a profanity filter. With some of these filter, the content is untouched, but the offending word is replaced with something silly, like “daisy.”

When it comes to chat moderators, don’t just recruit whoever is interested. Look for mature believers with a heart of service and the ability to shepherd.

I think of a good mod like a dog. They’re loving and loyal, until there’s a sign of danger and then they spring into action, ready to protect the church.

Chat can really connect people and foster community. Do what you can to include it in your strategy for live-streaming ministry.

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