Updated: May 2, 2020
By Garry M. Spotts, M.Div.
During this time of social distancing and force hiatuses from communal worship gatherings because of the Covid-19 Pandemic connecting the community of believers is critical. Helping the members of your community hold on and continue to grow in a time where faith is greatly needed is important.
One solution is to create an online fellowship experience that allows members to connect and hear from their pastor and the leaders of the local congregation. Below is a simplified solution to address the needs of the community. One caveat, don’t allow the size of the task overwhelm you. You can put together a great system in as little a 2-3 days.
Below is an outline of the steps needed to get started followed by a brief explanation of each of the points in the outline. Finally, there are some product and services needed that I will recommend.
1.) A Recording Device
a. Tablet (Android or iPad)
b. Smart Phone
c. Digital Camera
d. Desktop or laptop HD Webcam
2.) Recorder Audio Input
a. Wired Microphone
c. Microphone Stand
d. Device Dependent Microphone
3.) The appropriate setting for the video shoot
5.) Video Editing Software (Optional)
6.) Video Hosting
b. Church Website
c. YouTube Channel
d. Church’s Native App (Android or IOS)
e. Progressive Web App
7.) Streaming Service
8.) Sufficient Native or Cloud Storage
A Programming Plan Release Schedule and Interaction
1.) Content is King
a. Create a publishing schedule
b. Create a series
2.) Release Dates and Times (Sunday 9:30 a.m | Tuesday 12 noon | Thursday 6:30 p.m.)