Getting Your Message To As Many People As You Can
During this coronavirus crises, I have been getting many pastors and church leaders contacting me about alternative ways to get their message and services out to the public and how to keep engaged with their congregations
Although some churches were prepared, many were not which explains the high traffic levels I have been seeing on my articles that have to do with live streaming. However, live streaming is not the only option and may not even be the best option for your church and its philosophy of ministry.
So I decided I would do an article that gives you at least 3 if not 4 options to help you broadcast your church services in unique ways that will enable you to minister to more people than is possible during these strenuous times.
Although these ideas are all possible, I have noticed that some of the products I am recommending are taking a long time to ship off of Amazon. You might want to check other sources before giving up. That might include Ebay, Sweetwater, B&H Photo and others.
Live Streaming And Video Feeds
Many churches are going to live streaming to broadcast their services on social media. This is by far the easiest way to reach your people. Facebook Live is an excellent way to have your church family connect with you. I am not going to write extensively on this post about how to do so. Here are the resources I have already written.
- Church Live Stream Setup
- Free Church Live Stream Training
- Live Streaming Equipment
- Best Cameras To Live Stream
Now that doesn’t mean you need an elaborate setup to live stream. I have one friend who is doing it temporarily by using a smartphone, an adapter for the smartphone on a tripod, and just connecting to Facebook.
Others I know are using a teleconferencing app called Zoom. You can have up to 100 people using the app at the same time and you can spend up to 40 minutes per session. This works as a temporary solution as well.
Another option is to set up video feeds in your multi-purpose room and classrooms to keep your group numbers small per room. To do this you will need a camera as I shared above and an HDMI transmitter (link to Amazon) or a Bluetooth transmitter (link to Amazon) if you want to send audio only. This transmitter will send the feed to the monitors you have set up in these other rooms.
For ideas on monitors, you might want to read this article.
Using Your Assisted Listening System
Many churches already have in place a system to help with the hearing impaired. They can use either headphones or coils to hear the message.
During this time of crisis, you can buy more receivers and headphones and let the members of your church listen from classrooms, multi-purpose rooms or even in their cars.
To learn more about assisted listening systems you can read this article.
Using A Low Power FM Transmitter
Another option is an old idea made relevant today. Years ago, Robert Schuller planted a church using a drive-in movie theater. Today you can take the same concept and share your sermon and worship experience with people who stay in their cars using a low power FM Transmitter.
These transmitters have a limited range of about 1 mile. Some less. All you do is pick a frequency that is not being used in your area and plug it into your sound system and now you are broadcasting your services to people parked outside. This is the ultimate example of social distancing!
I am not an expert on these transmitters but here is a couple that was recommended to me.
- Transmission distance more than 300m/980ft (a barrier-free environment); suitable for church use, can transmit FM signal to a wide range of cars to avoid crowds in the church
- Very suitable for stereo broadcasting; broadcast transmitter is ideal for al stereo audio broadcasting; MP3; PC; TV; wireless speakers; game device; etc
- Wide range of application scenarios; this FM stereo transmitter that can be used for factories; schools; supermarkets; farms; or create your own radio station
- Stable signal transmission; compact design with aluminum enclosure; and built in micro controller for frequency control and display; which make the signal transmission of the transmitter very stable
- The control circuit board design and amplifier design to reduce noise; so sound quality is even better well-shielded; compact structure; small size; generous appearance; plug and play; very easy to use
- Transmission frequency can be set from within the range of 76 ~ 108MHz 15W high-low power-adjustable, the transmission distance of 3-4 km (1.9-2.5 mi) in the open air
- Channel switching: switchable stereo, mono Designed with advanced modulation system and built-in PLL frequency, audio pre-emphasis, limiter, and low-pass filter circuit.
- High-fidelity Bluetooth: you can connect wirelessly to mobile phones, tablets and other Bluetooth devices Good heat dissipation: using high-quality dual ball bearing fan, reasonable heat dissipation channels, excellent thermal performance
- PC control: connect your computer via micro USB interface, plus supporting intelligent broadcasting software, to achieve diversification unattended broadcast. (time switch, time to play the specified music, etc) 1/4 wavelength of strong magnetic sucker antenna, can be tightly adsorbed on the car roof or any metal flat objects, easy to move the antenna to the outside, the roof, balcony or window, more effective transmission and reception of electron
- Aluminum alloy metal shell, good cooling effect, quiet fan With PC control, Intelligent Broadcast,A set of radio broadcasting system: FM transmitter +Power + Magnet sucker telescopic antenna + Audio line
Broadcast Your Services Today And In The Future
Well, there you have it. I have tried to give you some low-cost options to help you during this crisis, and some ideas that might help you expand how you serve your church community in the years ahead.
I hope this has helped.