More and more churches are taking advantage of the benefits of living in a digital age, and recording or live streaming sermons and posting them on their websites. In addition to allowing the sick and home-bound – or the vacationing – to keep in touch with church happenings, online sermons are another access points for visitors to get a better sense of church life.
We asked a few churches in our Diocese how they approach sharing their worship services:
St. Gabriel’s, Leesburg, uploads video of their sermons to YouTube and provides a link on their website. They upload PDF’s of the sermons from Google Drive and use Squarespace to upload the PDF’s to their website.
St. Mary’s, Fleeton, records sermons and posts them to their website. They also make them available on disc in .WAV format.
Beckford Parish, uploads MP3 files of sermons to a website using Magix digital software.
St. Stephen’s, Heathsville, takes a different approach. The Rev. Lucia Lloyd, rector, makes an audio recording of each Sunday sermon at a microphone on her living room table. Her husband edits and emails it to WRAR 105.5. The local radio station broadcasts it every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. They also upload the audio file and text of the sermon on their website.
St. James’s, Richmond, uses a TriCaster PRO 2.0 system which provides a stream Flash file for live broadcasting and captures the broadcast to disk for later posting. The system has two cameras mounted in the sanctuary, one pointing toward the altar from the rear loft and one pointing towards the narthex and choir loft from above the chancel. They use a Vaddio ProductionView camera controller. Audio feeds come from both the wireless mic system and the room audio system. St. James’s has a “Video Squad” of eight volunteers and two staff, all trained on the system.
Whether you record the audio, live stream the audio, or provide video, there are many resources available to get you started:
How do I store audio files? Storage options for audio files range from uploading for free to YouTube or paying for a service such as Global Data Link, which charges a base of $125/month for 120GB Transfer and 3GB storage.
How do I live stream sermons? Options include basic services such as Buzzsprout (starting at $12/month), Bambuser (starting at $45/month), and UStream (starting at $99/month). Abilities to customize and amount of available storage will differ between service providers.
This article from Church Marketing Sucks outlines how to get started recording your sermons. In addition, they outline available online services for creating podcasts or “getting audio files online.”
How does your church share sermons? Tell us in the comments below.