[Exceedingly Enough:] The Sinners are Much More Fun

December 16, 2015

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” 

John 15:11 ESV 

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Church Volunteers Happy

December 16, 2015

Churches around the country depend on loyal volunteer labor and ministry. These dedicated members faithfully give you their time and perform countless functions that otherwise would go undone.

Keeping your volunteers happy and managing their time is crucial to the success of any ministry. Here are five ways to keep your team members excited and engaged:

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[Interview:] How to Share Your Ministry With the Corners of the Globe

December 14, 2015

Bringing value to our customers is our main priority, so we regularly seek direct feedback to better serve and connect with them. 

We recently got in touch with Christ’s Community Church, a non-denominational church in Hayward, CA. We asked Worship Pastor Tim Jameson to explain how BoxCast live video streaming helps his church.

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The Unconventional Way this Church is Attracting its Youth

December 03, 2015

This post tells the story of a church that made a big investment in it's future by investing in it's youth. It's part of our series on church growth.

Churches around the country are dealing with the same obstacle: attracting and engaging their church’s youth.

But the struggle to attract today's youth is often not a direct reflection on a ministry. Instead, we can credit it to the trend that younger members often vanish during those teen years when they’re learning to become independent and are prone to reject things associated with the family. Sadly, that sometimes includes church.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Current: A Christian Church

November 24, 2015

Customer: Current: A Christian Church, Katy, TX

What they Stream: Sunday morning services

Live Streaming Goals: Reach people not able to make it in person

The Setup: Multiple cameras to Blackmagic Switcher to the BoxCaster

Destinations: Website

Current: A Christian Church is a large, non-denominational church in Katy, Texas, west of Houston. We asked Worship and Creative Arts Pastor Evan Schwartz to explain how live streaming with BoxCast enhances their ministry.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Bridgewater State University

November 23, 2015

Customer: Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

What they stream: Basketball, football, soccer, field hockey and volleyball games

Live Streaming Goals: To reach fans

The Setup: Camera into TriCaster Mini (for production) into the BoxCaster

Destinations: Website

This month, we were lucky enough to chat with Glenn Gonsalves, the Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation Operations at Bridgewater State University (MA). He and his team were early to the streaming game, having started seven years ago. They made the switch to BoxCast earlier this year and aren't looking back.

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Are Your Sermons Actually Engaging? Here's How To Check.

November 23, 2015

Public speaking is hard.

Or, at least it is for most people. But if you’re a pastor, you know how to command a room and have the uncommon knack for speaking in front of an audience and connecting with them.

What happens when live video streaming enters the mix?

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[Exceedingly Enough:] Truly Knowing Your Savior

November 18, 2015

Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip?’”

(John 14:9a ESV)

It had been three years since Philip had become intimately involved in the daily affairs of Jesus. In his book Twelve Ordinary Men, pastor John MacArthur astutely notes that Philip was technically the first disciple that Jesus proactively called (John 1:43). Yet, as they sat beside one another years later in the upper room, Jesus’ words to Philip were weighty and confrontational.

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Did Yahoo! fumble the NFL's first live-streaming experiment?

November 02, 2015

NFL’s first global live-streaming experiment: A touchdown or fumble?  

As far as gambles go, the NFL’s first live-streamed, online game was a relatively low-risk experiment.  
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3 Big Questions Pastors Have About Live Streaming Video

October 20, 2015

This post is based on"How to Reach and Engage Your Congregation In a Digital World: The Pastor's Guide to Live Video Streaming." If you’re interested in learning more about live streaming and how it can help you share your ministry, download the free guide.

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Is $500,000 too much for a high school scoreboard? This school says no.

September 09, 2015

Scoreboard: High school football $500,000, air-conditioning 0

Is there any doubt that high school sports programs are moving toward becoming big businesses like their college brethren? Take a glance at the end zone of the Norcross (Ga.) High School football field.   

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How To Give Your Player an Edge in the Recruitment Game

August 17, 2015

Nothing determines an athletic program’s long-term success quite like talent evaluation. Not even a Hall of Fame coach can squeeze winning out of a talentless roster.

That means if you have a talented player on your team, scouts are looking for them. But finding the skillset they seek is not always such an easy task. As a coach or AD, you have to help your players get recruited.

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[Interview]: Can Live Video Streaming Stengthen Your Church Community?

August 13, 2015

Deciding whether to incorporate live video streaming into one's ministry is a complex decision that is facing more and more church leaders around the country. Video streaming is a wonderful tool to better engage communities and touch more lives, but determining if it's right for you can be overwhelming.

It can be helpful to hear from other customers when deciding whether to use a service. In this post, Pastor Charles Moore from First Baptist Summit (Summit, OK) explains why he has found BoxCast to be a wonderful solution for his needs and how streaming his services has brought his community closer together than ever before.

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The Trick to Squeezing More Dollars from your Hall of Fame Banquet

July 31, 2015

The four newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame — Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz — were inducted last weekend, capping off a four-day celebration in Cooperstown, N.Y. And, it was all captured live on MLB Network.

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Should Your Ministry Make Room For Live Video Streaming?

July 30, 2015

Imagine going a month without your smartphone. Would you survive?

How would you get from point A to point B? Would your reputation suffer if you couldn’t respond to an email within 30 minutes? Would your relationships hurt if you couldn’t send a quick text at any given moment? How would you handle your time in an elevator? Could you overcome the silence enough to talk to a stranger for just a few moments?

This technological revolution isn’t just changing our personal lives - it’s also changing how we “do” church.

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[Video]: Wirecast Integration with BoxCast

July 17, 2015

Want to add other camera angles or incorporate overlay graphics into your stream?  

Your BoxCaster integrates beautifully with any production tool, without the hassle of installing drivers or complex configurations. Here's the trick - use the BoxCaster like a second monitor or projector. 

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6 Ways to Attract Sports Fans With What You Already Have

July 09, 2015

Everybody loves a winner.

It’s how the New York Yankees became THE franchise. How the Dallas Cowboys evolved into “America’s Team.”

And how the USA’s 5-2 victory over Japan to win the Women’s World Cup Final drew the more than 25 million viewers (the largest American TV audience in history for any soccer match — men’s or women’s.)

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Why Your Ministry Needs a Strong Social Media Presence

July 02, 2015

Pastors around the country are rapidly discovering the importance of social media.

Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter are no longer solely geared to college students; now, they’re how people of all ages communicate. Church leaders, in their unique position to spread God’s word, have begun to use these platforms to their advantage.

This post articulates why – when it comes to your ministry – social media is here to stay.

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Five Ways to Ensure Fans Find Your Sports Stream

June 11, 2015

We’re all seeing it happen - streaming is taking off. Whether it’s people bingeing on Netflix or listening to their favorite tunes on Spotify, this popular technology gives us what we want when we want it.

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Is Live Video Streaming Right For Your Church?

June 04, 2015

Churches across the country are finding they can better engage their congregations through live video streaming - a tool that enables viewers to join their communities when they can’t make it to church.

Still, some people question whether live video streaming has a place in church ministry at all. In his article “Stop! Don’t Record Your Church Services,” Brady Shearer of Pro Church Tools claims that “most churches should never video-record their services.”

How valid are his concerns? Is he right? Or is video streaming a great solution for almost any church hoping to connect with its congregation?

Let’s take a closer look at Mr. Shearer’s objections:

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Is It Time to Take Your Church Online?

May 21, 2015

Churches everywhere are starting to stream their services -  is it time for you to consider live video streaming yours?

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