In recent years, many churches have turned to technology to help them spread God’s Word. Though some would argue that the use of technology in ministry can be controversial, many others would argue that such a practice is unavoidable. In fact, as Pastor Carey Nieuwhof says in his book Lasting Impact, “if the change inside the church isn’t equal to or greater than the change outside our walls, irrelevance is inevitable.”
This post explores technology trends that are aiding ministries around the world to reach their communities in new and meaningful ways.
To be an engaging worship leader requires a special soul, one that, as Sovereign Grace Churches’ Bob Kaufin beautifully articulates, “magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ [ ... ] by skillfully combining God's Word with music [ to ] cherish God's presence and to live for God's glory.”
It’s clear that this is no easy task. Many worship leaders find great strength in attending worship conferences to rejuvenate themselves as they continue to motivate the gathered church to sing God’s praise. Below is a chronological list of our top 4 worship conferences for 2017.
Whether you work in the world of video production or are merely a purchaser of electronics, you’ve likely heard about 4K video. 4K isn’t just a buzzword; it’s an incredible, new quality of video that’s soon to be the standard quality for any TV, computer screen, or camera.
Understanding what 4K technology actually means will help you make educated purchasing decisions on 4K labeled products, regardless of whether they’re at the consumer, prosumer, or professional level.
Ah, the art of the church e-newsletter...
Though email can be a wonderful way to communicate important information to your church body, many people struggle to understand what to include in the body of their message and how to use the platform to their advantage.
This is a two-part blog-series. Last week, I discussed the logistics and best practices for creating an effective email newsletter program. This week's post focuses on how to create a newsletter that your church body will want to read....and keep reading.
With all the attention paid to social media, it can be easy to overlook another great communication tool a church can use — the email newsletter.
Associations are fantastic at staying up to date with the latest technologies to meet their members’ needs. However, when it comes to live streaming their events, they always bring up one of three concerns: attendance, complexity, or cost.
This post address those concerns head-on, aiming to clarify the three most common misconceptions about live streaming when it comes to associations.
Imagine turning the TV on to watch your favorite sports team only to discover that no sound was playing. You’d think something was broken. That frustration would quickly turn into anger and you’d likely watch something else.
Viewers’ expectations of your streams aren’t any different. Sure, when people tune into a sports game, they want to see the action. But they also want to be able to hear what’s going on.
If you’ve opted not to include sound because you’re short-staffed or don’t have appropriate resources, there are still ways to provide your viewers with a better experience. This post outlines two easy ways to do just that.
Church conferences have a unique ability to tap into our souls and leave us feeling recharged. There’s something innately special about being surrounded by thousands of fellow believers, all of whom work tirelessly every day to bring people closer to God’s Word.
With hundreds of conferences each year, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. Below are the top four conferences we think pastors will find most worthwhile in 2017.
The link between ministry and technology is not immediately obvious. In fact, it can be easy to question whether technology has any place in the church at all.
Still, as ministries around the country continue to incorporate various modes of technology into their day-to-day operations, it becomes paramount to examine God’s Word on the subject.
Below are four Bible verses that encourage techology in ministry.
Approximately half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most often prompted by a move. A 2016 Pew Research Study explored the various reasons why people switch churches and the factors that influence how they find a new one.
This post dives into the research data to further explain why people switch churches.
As a high school swimmer, I spent countless hours in the water. Our exhausting practice schedule proved worthwhile during weekly swim meets and larger competitions.
For my team and me, meets were a fun opportunity to showcase our ability, earn respect, and meet other swimmers.
The magic of meets was lost on some people, however. For many of our parents, meets meant spending a long day or night in an uncomfortably humid facility. And no matter how much they loved us, many of our parents couldn’t justify sacrificing entire days to watch us swim, especially when we might have only competed in a few events.
This post explains why, from a swimmer’s perspective, more facilities should stream their meets.
Live video has emerged as a powerhouse communications tool. If done right, it provides remote viewers with the ability to feel involved in your event.
A huge component of any live experience, however, is the vibrancy and color of the environment. Though many people do not know it, colors captured on camera are often skewed from reality. A process called “white balance” addresses this head-on. This post explains everything you need to know about white balance and how it affects the quality of your videos.
The cost of video equipment can be a deterrent to churches when they're considering broadcasting services. While most churches aren’t putting on movie-quality productions that require top-of-the-line gear, decent equipment will go a long way toward improving the quality of any broadcast.
Not every church has the budget to buy new equipment. The good news is that there is plenty of high-quality, used equipment out there. You just got to find it. Video lovers and audiophiles tend to be gear junkies and regularly upgrade to the latest equipment. The gear they sell or trade in to finance their habit is often only a year or two old and nearly as good as the latest model.
Here are some tips for finding affordable, reliable used video equipment:
Dear municipal clerks,
I admit – just a few months ago, I had no inkling that you would soon steal my heart.
I’ve spent recent months having conversations with you and your fellow clerks, all of whom work tirelessly to improve their local communities. My coworkers now laugh at how much I talk about you and the work that you do. It’s true – I’ve become a bit infatuated. It’s my hope that this letter explains why:
Swimming fans flocked to online Olympics coverage this year. Though commercial-heavy, NBC’s streaming coverage was overwhelmingly praised. People reported that they loved listening to the arena’s natural sound; they could even hear the coaches and competitors.
This streaming technology isn’t only available to networks willing to pay millions of dollars. In fact, swimming venues around the country are finding that they can stream their meets for a tiny fraction of that cost. The return is invaluable: parents and fans can tune in to watch their kids in the water, even if they can’t make it to the arena itself.
There’s a common misconception that streaming meets would be tricky. It’s not! This post outlines four reasons that your swim club should start live video streaming.
The world is more connected than ever. Let’s connect it with Christ.
These are the words that greet you on Church Online Platform’s website. It’s true – we spend an increasing amount of time connecting with people online, whether it be friends and family on Facebook or colleagues on LinkedIn. In a world where technology is so readily at our fingertips, why not use it to grow closer to Christ?
Church Online Platform makes this easy to do. Founded on the idea that “church” isn’t confined to a building, this free platform leverages technology to build a community that extends beyond one location. In doing so, they’ve been able to engage more people in ministry and reach seekers that may never have otherwise had an encounter with Christ.
As a BoxCast customer, it’s clear that your ministry is aligned with this mission. As you look to amplify your church’s impact, consider these six beneficial features of Church Online Platform:
Social media, when used correctly, is an incredibly effective communication tool.
Still, many municipalities that run social media accounts struggle to understand what to do with them. A social presence is important, but it’s tough to build an engaging audience.
Below are five best practices that will help your city build a stronger social media presence.
Live video streaming has historically been complex and confusing.
Every day, we work hard to defy that precedence, building a high-performance platform that's simple to use. To stream with BoxCast, all your organization has to do to successfully stream events is capture the video. We take care of the rest.
Here's how we do it:
Working in sports administration isn’t easy.
There’s always so much to do, whether it be to compile stats for each sport, collect information on each athlete, communicate with the conference, write press releases, update the school’s website, or something else.
Though the never-ending nature of these tasks can feel like too much to handle, most schools don’t have the funds to employ additional help. But all hope is not lost! Leveraging the following three resources you already have at your fingertips can simultaneously build your media team and develop students' skillsets.
Though the need might seem negligible, at some point, your church might have to apologize for a miscommunication, misunderstanding, or general misstep for something it posted on social media.
The thing is, apologizing on social media isn’t the same as apologizing in person; these mediums have their own rules. This post breaks down how to effectively communicate an apology on social media.
This post is based on How to Leverage Social Media to Grow Your Organization. If you’re interested in learning more about these platforms and how they can help you reach your audience in a new and exciting way, download the free guide.
There may be nothing in history that has revolutionized our online behavior as much as social media.
What started as a fun way to stay in touch with friends and family has grown into a medium by which organizations can share, learn from, and interact with their online audiences. Social media platforms have the power to increase brand awareness, drive prospects, convert leads and delight customers. Failure to leverage these platforms runs the risk of your organization becoming irrelevant online.
Below are four things your organization can do when it puts adequate time into building a strong social media presence:
Imagine if every play, concert or sports game was preceded by a lengthy monologue of related events. How long would it take before you tuned it out?
Yet, many churches are guilty of doing exactly that. They begin each service with church announcements, a chronicle of committee meetings, bake sales, baptisms, church trips, etc. that every member must sit through before they can begin to worship.
It’s time to reconsider the tradition of church announcements. It’s 2016, and there are better ways to share information - ways that won’t delay the start of services and potentially drain the energy in the room.
There’s something about a camera lens that absolutely unhinges some people.
Even pastors at ease in front of large congregations can be paralyzed when they see the unblinking eye of a lens staring back at them. That not only makes for an awkward live stream, but it can actually hurt the experience for the people in the audience.
There’s no surefire way to turn someone into a natural in front of the camera, but there are ways that can help anyone relax and forget about the lens, at least for a little while. Below you’ll find several simple tips:
When Live DVR was introduced to television several years ago, it took the world by storm. People's ability to pause and rewind their favorite shows in real-time transformed the viewing experience.
BoxCast is excited to roll out our own Live DVR feature for your live video streams. But the feature isn’t just great for viewers at home; it can also be used to make your game staff more efficient.
Below are five reasons that sports information directors should be pumped about Live DVR:
This post is based on the "Video Framing & Composition Guide: What You Need to Know to Frame a Killer Shot." To learn simple framing and composition techniques to improve your live streams, download the free guide.
As a camera operator for your church, you can make your message even more powerful by taking some time to consider the goal of each sequence of a service.
Are you trying to evoke emotion? Do you need to emphasize the scenery behind the pastor? What’s the theme of the pastor's sermon?
If you’ve been live streaming services or other church events, you realize the importance of audio quality. Few things can ruin a broadcast more thoroughly than bad sound. We’ve written before about ways to improve audio without getting into equipment, but this post deals with the types of microphones your church should use during services.
When a church is deciding whether to stream its services, one of the most common concerns is if going online will affect in-person attendance on Sunday mornings.
This post addresses that concern head-on, showing how live video streaming is actually an important step to grow and strengthen your church community.
The uncertainty of what will happen in any sports game is what keeps fans hooked.
No two face-offs are ever the same, as there’s always the chance for the underdog to make a comeback, the opportunity for a nail-biting buzzerbeater, or the possibility for a team to make history. Sports are magical, and we can’t get enough.
When one of these amazing plays happen, we want to watch it over and over again, reliving the glory of that single moment. It’s why BoxCast just released the ability to capture live highlight clips. This post explains how to use the new feature.
Shepherding a child's heart to know and follow Jesus is simultaneously wonderful and challenging. When my son Thaddeus was born four years ago, one of the ways that I embarked on this journey was by writing him daily devotionals from the pages of Scripture.
Growing pains are bound to surface for any business on the rise.
Though they can induce changes that catapult an organization onto its next phase of success, growth can also test its core spirit and even lead to its demise. If not managed properly, alignment, transparency, and identity are all at stake.
To successfully absorb these pains and use them to their advantage, companies must experiment with various solutions, hoping that the path they’ve chosen is the one that works best.
Youth sports are in crisis.
Though we know them to have multiple positive impacts on children’s mental and physical development, youth sports participation has been on the decline in recent years. In fact, the number of kids participating in youth sports declined by 9% between 2009 and 2014 according to a study done by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.
This post identifies the underlying reasons for this decline, and in doing so, tries to paint a clearer picture of the state of youth sports in America.
With less than a week left in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Americans have spent countless hours watching their country compete to be recognized as the best in the world. The country suddenly cares deeply about gymnastics, swimming, track, and other Olympic sports for a few weeks before ignoring them again for the next four years.
However, there are millions of people around the country would love to watch these sports regularly. But unfortunately, because of the lack of their primetime popularity, fans of these sports had no way to support their favorite athletes when they couldn’t be there in person. Until recently.
Thanks to the power of live video streaming, schools and other athletic organizations have the opportunity to share these sports with the viewers that would love to watch. This article breaks down why your organization should start streaming Olympic sports.
We all know the struggle of endlessly flipping through Netflix titles looking for the perfect way to spend a Friday night. The truth is it can be difficult to find wholesome Christian movies to watch with your entire family. If you’re trying to find a wonderful way to spend an evening, be sure to consider these five faith-rooted films.
Churches around the country have turned to social media to engage their members, communicate announcements, and share inspirational posts. Chances are high that if you’ve started to use social media to reach your community, your members enjoy seeing reminders of their faith on their social media feeds.
Still, many churches find that keeping an active presence on social media platforms is more work than they had initially anticipated. After all, maintaining frequency of high quality content is no easy task. That’s why many have turned to automation.
Outdoor events can be beautiful. Sometimes, the more remote, the better. The serenity and seclusion create a peacefulness unforgotten by those present. But what about the people who couldn’t be there? Can they watch the event too?
Absolutely they can. But the question we hear when remote-location events come up is "How can you stream an event without internet?"
“Don’t just read the Bible. Live in it.”
That’s the tagline of Bible VR, a faith-based tech startup that is rendering scenes from the Bible in virtual reality.
The company has filmed an extensive collection of reenacted scenes from the Bible in Israel and Palestine. The idea is to give VR viewers the sense that they are right there along with Moses parting the Red Sea or in the manger at the birth of Christ. The scenes are filmed in such a way that the actors interact with the viewer to make it seem even more realistic.
Last year, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison very publicly returned the participation awards that his children, six and eight years old, received from their youth sports leagues. He took to Instagram to air his thoughts:
“While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them til the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned...”
His commentary sheds light on a long-standing debate: should youth sports leagues give away participation trophies? Proponents of each side tend to feel strongly on the issue. What should your league do? Is there a right answer? In an attempt to help you weigh the pros and cons of the issue, this post explores both sides of the argument.
In recent years, the multi-site church model has become increasingly popular. Most churches open a new campus when they approach 1,000 members, but about 50% of those churches say that they could have opened a satellite campus even sooner, at around 850 members.
If your ministry is thinking about opening an additional location, that means you’re reaching a growing number of engaged members and people are excited about joining your community. This can only happen when a church truly connects with its members to deliver a message they want and need, so congratulations!
One of the biggest decisions to make when opening new campuses is determining how to share your main sermon with separate locations. BoxCast’s Multi-Site Video Player is the solution to enabling remote campuses to watch your live broadcasts seamlessly.
The power of a sports team’s website is undeniable.
In many cases, it’s your team’s first introduction to the outside world and, if done right, it can seamlessly communicate important and necessary information to your players and fans.
Despite the fact that 86.75% of the U.S. population uses the internet, many sports programs struggle to maximize their site’s potential. Below are seven important things you should include on your website.
There are times when you want to deliver a message to your congregation, but you can’t wait until your weekend service.
Natural disasters and other unexpected events in the community present instances when you might not want to wait to communicate with those who need to hear from you now.
You’ve set up a great live stream and are ready to broadcast the success of your athletic teams for everyone to see. You’ve even set up ticketing to monetize your stream. But how do you market it?
When it comes to getting the word out about your live video streams, many experts will point you to social media platforms.
This article discusses why sports organizations at any level should have a dedicated social media manager who gives life to the team’s social media presence - someone who can create and post content, engage with viewers, and best represent your organization to a massive audience.
If you are live video streaming your content, you’ve already shown that reaching your community is important to you. Still, you aren’t reaching everyone you can.
There are members of your church who can’t attend services and aren’t taking advantage of live streaming. In many cases, this is because they simply do not know how.
Parenting a young athlete is no easy task. As your children pour themselves into their sports, you have to help them navigate the triumphant ups and the devastating downs of competition. All the while, your own emotions are constantly prodded. You want to see them succeed and it can be difficult to watch your child in the face of adversity.
Still, coping with your own emotions is essential to your child’s athletic development. As recruitment starts at younger ages than ever before, college coaches are interacting with more recruit’s parents. Here are a few tips to keep in mind throughout your sports parenting journey:
We live in a world where people are quick to praise the new and deride the antiquated. When it comes to song selection in our churches, this spirit of our age makes it easy to discover contemporary music and incorporate it into our services.
Though this has many benefits, too deep a fascination with novel melodies poses a danger that our worship will stray far from the invaluable canticles of the past. To combat such deadfall, it’s important to make a concerted effort to seek timeless and meaningful hymns.
Photo Credit: Bsoist via Flickr
Fans love being able to see their favorite teams play live, even when they can’t be there in person. But nobody likes the experience of watching a poorly shot game. Capturing footage that is too far from the action, doesn’t follow the ball, or is zoomed in too close is a surefire way to upset fans and keep them from watching your future streams.
In this post, we discuss the optimum camera angles for every sport.
Note: that for some sports, we suggest including more than one camera angle. In those instances, you’ll need a video switcher - here’s everything you’ll need to know about switchers.
There you are, standing barefoot in a giant outdoor amphitheatre, listening to your favorite band perform live in front of thousands of other people. You close your eyes and feel the pulse of the bass and God’s presence moving through you. You are exactly where you need to be this summer – you are at Alive Festival.
Getting its start in 1988, Alive Festival has grown to be one of the country’s largest Christian music festivals. Next month’s four-day, multi-stage festival (July 20 - 23, 2016) welcomes some of the most well-known Christian artists from around the world. This post aims to explain why you should attend this year’s celebration.
I woke up yesterday with a huge grin on my face. I had dreamt that the internet’s purveyors of justice destroyed the measly Flash Player. My dream is becoming a reality.
This post explains a bit more about why many video companies hate Flash and describes how the internet is moving away from it.
It’s said that a good sermon can’t be too long and a bad sermon can’t be short enough.
The sermon is one of the most important parts of the service. Done well, it can elevate a weekly routine into something memorable and life-changing. Done poorly, it is quickly forgotten.
As you’ll see in the 2012 National Congregations Study, there’s no “best” or “right” way to conduct a sermon. Below are some interesting facts on how they can be influenced by region, congregation size, and other factors.
“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.’”
(John 6:26-27 ESV)
It’s impossible to ignore the increasing presence of churches on social media. Most churches now have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, as they've realized that they can use these platforms to further connect and communicate with their community.
As churches seek to connect with their younger members, many have started to consider two additional forms of social media: Snapchat and Instagram.
Last week, we explained why your church should be on Snapchat. This post explains why your church needs an Instagram account and suggests ways you can use it.
When streaming events live, there are several ways to output video and audio from a video source to a streaming device. Two of the most common are HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and SDI (Serial Digital Interface). This post sets out to explain the differences between the two.
Many churches are fortunate to enjoy a following that relishes traveling with their fellow members. It’s during these trips that community members build lasting relationships and gain meaningful experiences they’ll never forget.
If you have a member at your church who typically plans all the group trips throughout the year, we highly recommend you consider sending them to this year’s Going On Faith Conference.
Why? Three main reasons:
When an event is streamed live, there’s a lot that’s left up to chance. No one truly knows what will happen during the event itself, in the minutes leading up to it, or in the moments that follow. That’s what makes it so exciting.
“Follow a passion.”
That’s what high school students navigating the complex college admission process are often told by parents, advisors and mentors who insist that pursuing a passion is what will bring them success.
These days, however, students are often so committed to their schoolwork, part-time jobs, and involvement in athletics and the arts that they have minimal time and experience to pursue a dream career.
There is the occasional exception, however. And Brendan Gulick, a 2009 graduate of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland is quite an exception.
Now that school’s out of session, many athletic departments find that they have a bit more time on your hands. If that’s the case for you, we have a special summer project that will add an extra element to your live video stream: a custom pre-event video.
You’ve got indoor live video streaming down. You’ve mastered the sound, established where to put the cameras for the best shots, and determined when to switch angles for the best effect.
But can you take it outdoors?
I’m sure you’ve seen it lately — the white ghost in front of the yellow background.
It seems like this white ghost is everywhere these days. That’s because Ghostface Chillah (the ghost’s official name) is the mascot of the fastest growing social media app: Snapchat.
You might be thinking, “What does Snapchat have to do with my church?”
You have a problem. A volunteer is consistently performing below expectations.
Maybe he shows up late or makes it a habit to cancel at the last minute. Maybe, despite tutorials and advice, she just isn’t doing the job as well as it needs to be done. What should you do?
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.’”
(John 5:30 ESV)
If you’re interested in a humbling exercise, grab a pen and a notebook. As the day goes on, write a check mark for every decision you make. Here’s the catch: differentiate each mark by whether your decision was primarily motivated by a desire to please yourself or by a desire to please God.
If you’re anything like me, one side of your notebook will wind up with a bit more ink on it than it’s neighboring side. And it’s not the side I would have hoped for.
Summer is the season when the grass comes up and church attendance goes down.
Many congregations experience declining attendance during the summer for various reasons: people go on vacation, there are more family activities to compete with, there’s yard work to be done.
While your church should do everything in its power to encourage people to attend services this summer, some decline is inevitable. However, this can be a good opportunity to make the most of live video streaming.
Ministry is hard.
But as we learn in Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety” (ESV).
Though you can find this “abundance of counselors” in friends and family, one of the best ways to seek counsel is to read books by godly men. Below are 5 books that I found encouraging while serving in pastoral ministry. It is my prayer that they encourage your heart as well.
Take a moment to imagine a Sunday at your church. It probably consists of fellowship, congregational prayer, worship through song, Scripture reading, and the preaching of the Word.
Though worship is one of these main components, it often gets the short stick when it comes to your live video stream.
If you're looking to enhance the value of your live stream, integrating multiple camera angles is a great way to get started.
How? By using a video switcher.
It's been proven that churches that embrace change, including the use of technology in their services, are more likely to thrive and grow.
The debate over whether churches need websites is over.
Despite a few holdouts, the consensus is that churches, particularly those that hope to thrive, need a presence online.
No one sets out to build a bad website, but some organizations don’t put enough strategic thought into it and throw up a confusing mix of art, information and graphics, making it difficult to navigate and hard to interact with.
It’s that time of year again: colleges, high schools, junior highs, elementary schools and pre-schools are gearing up for their graduation ceremonies.
These ceremonies, though entirely symbolic, are often included in the list of people’s most important life moments. They celebrate the culmination of tireless work, late nights, some failures, more successes, and individual growth.
That means that as an organizer or a host of a graduation ceremony, there's a lot riding on your shoulders. Below are certain things you should consider to ensure your graduation ceremony is flawless.
Take a moment to consider who you could reach with a live video stream.
The people tuning in online likely include a mix of the housebound, travelers, members who’ve moved away and can no longer attend, people temporarily under the weather and those who’ve never been to your church but who found it online and want to learn more.
It’s an eclectic group, one that changes in size and membership with each broadcast. But it remains unseen. The live stream viewers are unaware of who else is watching. And, despite the presence of cameras, it can be easy for your congregation to forget there is an audience other than the one sitting in front of them - those in attendance simply do not think about those watching remotely.
When most people think about live video streaming services, they tend to focus on what’s happening that day or on the coming Sunday. Live streaming is, after all, primarily about immediacy and helping viewers to share in a celebration that they can’t attend.
But there’s another aspect to live streaming that is often overlooked — the archived version of events that were just streamed.
Mike Donlin, VP Sports Development, and his son
I’ll admit it: I recently saw the acronym FOMO and had to look it up. If you did too, know that you're not alone.
FOMO, or the Fear of Missing Out, plagues every youth sports parent.
We all love watching our kids play. We want to see them succeed. We want to share that joy. The triumphs and pitfalls of our children’s athletic careers affect us just as much as they do our children.
Still, we know that it’s natural for our kids to fail. We want them to fail so that they can learn how to pick themselves back up. But at the end of the day, our kids are our babies and we want to be able to console them.
In an online world that is becoming increasingly saturated with content, the task of creating a standout church website can seem daunting.
At Compass, we’ve had the opportunity to launch over a hundred websites. In this post, we set out to answer one simple question: what makes a great church website?
As part of our continued feature expansion, we’ve made downloads available to every customer.
Now, with the click of a button on the customer dashboard, users can access an archived version of their stream just minutes after an event is over.
“Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’”
(John 4:39-42 ESV)
The church is so much more than a place for Sunday morning worship.
Churches also house various committees essential to every community, whether they be for community service, youth group, family counseling, and more.
Still, with so many people involved, it can seem impossible to coordinate meeting times that work with everyone’s hectic schedules.
If you’re streaming your games, it’s clear that you care about your program and your fans. You want everyone to catch the action, whether or not they can make it to the game.
Still, it can be tricky to know what your online fans are saying. Do they like what they see? Are there things they wish you did differently?
As a streaming provider, we get to hear from viewers all the time. Here are the five things your fans wish they could tell you:
Every church depends, to one degree or another, on volunteers.
We know how difficult that can be, as attracting and keeping enthusiastic volunteers can feel like a never-ending struggle. But there are certain things you can do to help you engage capable, high-energy people who will help your church thrive and grow.
Follow these five steps and you’ll be well on your way to find more quality helpers.
Churches that embrace change, including the use of technology in their services, are more likely to thrive and grow, according to a new study from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
American Congregations 2015, a national survey of congregations, is something the Hartford Institute has done five times since 2000. The findings are based on data from more than 4,400 congregations of all denominations.
The survey looked at what growing church bodies had in common and found that churches willing to embrace change and modify their worship offerings generally fare better.
BoxCast recently spoke with David Pizzuto, the Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director at The College of Staten Island (CUNY) about his experience streaming with BoxCast. Here’s what he had to say:
I had the privilege of spending a number of my formative years studying the Scriptures at the Moody Bible Institute. There, I developed a deep affection for the Word of God.
Heading east of campus toward LaSalle Boulevard, I would regularly pass the Institute’s grand stone archway to read the sole verse etched on the wall:
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
(2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)
This was why I came to Bible College.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
(John 3:14-16 ESV)
For most churches, Easter services are the most beautiful and important of the year.
We celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the salvation of mankind in the spring—a time when nature renews itself, echoing the message that life has begun anew. It’s as if everything is working together to proclaim God’s glory.
Spirits are high, the sense of community is strong and it’s a wonderful chance to convert “Easter lilies,” those congregants who show up only once a year, into regulars.
But all of this can be lost on members who live stream the services. Yes, they’ll hear the sermon and the hymns, but, if you don’t plan for it, they’ll miss some of what makes Easter worship so special.
Here’s how to make your Easter live stream as glorious as possible:
High school football is a big deal in Ohio. A really big deal.
So when Cincinnati's La Salle Lancers, the reigning Ohio state champs, made it back to the finals in 2015, people were watching.
More than 11,100 people piled into Ohio Stadium in Columbus to watch the Lancers crush the Massillon Perry Panthers 42-0, marking the first time since the 1992-93 season that a division II team won back-to-back titles.
If this were a normal game without certain OHSAA broadcasting regulations, those 11,100 people wouldn’t have been the only ones with their eyes on the game. In recent years, La Salle has expanded the reach of its program by live video streaming its games to alumni, parents, students and fans across the world.
There's no denying it - the continued decline of the newspaper business means it’s increasingly difficult to get media attention for your teams.
Round after round of layoffs are decimating newsrooms—sports departments included.
So unless you’re heading up a high-profile Division I college athletic department, with dedicated writers reporting, tweeting and dissecting every move the school's teams makes, it can be frustrating to tell your stories.
Publicity is a challenge. But not impossible. Here are six ways to get your teams in the news:
Since its founding, customer satisfaction has been at the forefront of BoxCast’s priority list. In our tireless efforts to create the best live video streaming company in the world, we set out to improve the entire BoxCast broadcaster experience.
Enter BoxCast’s new and enhanced broadcaster dashboard.
It’s no secret that I live and breathe “church.” I play the drums on our worship team, am involved in college and career ministry, and even spend my workdays partnering with churches to best spread the Gospel.
This means that I’ve spent a lot of time with churches and have seen what works best for them when it comes to streaming.
Almost every church has success streaming their Sunday services, but here are some additional ways that you and your ministry can use streaming to glorify God and bless your church body.
I had the privilege of spending a number of my formative years studying the Scriptures at the Moody Bible Institute. There, I developed not only a deep affection for the Word of God, but also for strolling the alluring streets of downtown Chicago.
Heading east of campus toward LaSalle Boulevard, I would regularly pass the Institute’s grand stone archway to read the sole verse etched on the wall:
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)
This was why I came to Bible College.
Now that you’ve started to stream, you may have run into a few words or terms that you’re unfamiliar with.
Having a solid grasp on industry vocabulary will help you navigate the technology available to you, troubleshoot potential issues and improve the overall quality of your streams.
Below you’ll find definitions of some of the most frequently used and important streaming terms.
We love doing what we do because it allows people to share in moments that they couldn’t have otherwise.
Brandon Lovelace of Parkwood Baptist Church (NC) opened up to us about the ways that BoxCast has helped him reach his community members, even when snowstorms or thousands of miles keep them from attending church.
Looking to bring an extra level of sophistication and interaction to your live video stream? Consider using lower thirds.
“Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.”
So is the gut-wrenching experience when it’s his or her error that costs the team a game.
If your kid screws up, it’s not the end of the world. But what’s the best way to approach them when they’re, at best, struggling with athletic self-confidence or, at worst, shattered behind the bedroom door in a pool of tears?
The task of finding your next camera can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re searching for one that costs $400 or $10,000, there seems to be a never-ending list of features and options to evaluate.
To guide you through your search, we’ve pulled together a list of “must-have” and “nice-to-have” features to consider when choosing the right camera for a high-quality live video stream.
Have you noticed that the mainstream media outlets in your town tend to publicize a handful of congregations while largely ignoring the others?
It seems like every newspaper and TV station has a “go-to” congregation and religious leader for each faith. As a result, certain priests, ministers, rabbis and imams are quoted and interviewed over and over....and your voice isn’t being heard.
Have you ever wondered why? As a former newspaper reporter and editor who’s written many stories about churches, I can tell you how to get coverage.
The big day of your event has arrived. You and your team have done everything you can to ensure that the event goes flawlessly. As an added service to your community – both near and far – you’ve decided to live video stream it.
The event goes even better than you had imagined it would, yet upon reviewing your live stream stats, you see that nobody tuned in to watch it. What went wrong?
Chances are, you didn’t properly get the word out: you forgot to market your stream.
You’ve solved the puzzle: live video streaming doesn’t have to be complicated. As you’ve already figured out, it can actually be as simple as connecting your BoxCaster to a camera and the internet.
Still, now that you’ve gotten started, is your stream as good as it could be? Below are eight ways that you can really take your stream to the next level.
We were recently lucky enough to speak with John V. DiPietro of Cathedral Church of St. Peter, an Episcopal cathedral in St. Petersburg, Florida. He talked to us about his BoxCast experience as well as how he was able to convince his church to stream.
At BoxCast, we spend a lot of our time working to ensure that we provide our customers with the best streaming technology on the market.
It’s why our tech team is constantly sending automatic updates to your BoxCaster. Without asking you to do anything, we do everything we can to make sure your BoxCaster stays on the cutting edge.
Despite our love of automation, there are some BoxCast features that will help you spread your message even more effectively. You’ll find them outlined below so that you can be sure to take full advantage of everything your BoxCaster has to offer.
If you had to guess, how many American kids between the ages of 8 and 17 would you say play organized sports? Would you believe that the number falls somewhere between 21.5 - 28.7 million kids? And it’s only growing.
The youth sports space is becoming increasingly competitive as the caliber of high school play improves each year. And if parents have dreams of their kids playing at the collegiate level - you better believe they’ll start them young.
Since playing on local or school teams simply isn’t enough anymore, club teams and tournaments have become essential to developing a child’s talent. If you’re a tournament organizer, consider these 10 factors to take your tournament to the next level.
Ah, Valentine’s Day...the day we often treat our beloved to dinner and delight them with chocolates, roses, and teddy bears.
Though millions of people around the world celebrate it every year, how many actually know how Valentine’s Day originated?
This post takes a peek at the man behind the curtain, seeking to better understand why February 14th is so important. Below are five surprising facts about the holiday we commemorate with love.
This Sunday, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will battle in the 50th Super Bowl. In wedding terms, it’s the “Golden Anniversary.”
How appropriate, because the NFL’s championship game has exploded into a larger-than-life international event — and a bottomless stream of gold for the league and its owners, players and broadcast partners.
You’ve been live streaming Sunday services for a while now, and you’ve improved the quality and professionalism of your broadcasts. Your crew has a handle on the basics of sound and lighting and your audience is grateful for the new access.
But why stop there?
While Sunday services seem to be the most popular events to stream, there are many other ceremonies and events hosted by the church that people would love to watch if they were available to them. Below are three events we recommend your church should start streaming.
Remember the NFL’s toe dip into live video streaming in November 2015?
Well, now they are ready to dive headfirst into streaming.
This post is based on "The Ultimate Guide to Winning the Sports Streaming Game." If you’re interested in learning more about live video streaming your games and how it can help engage fans in a new and exciting way, download the free guide.
Let's face it: even the most loyal sports fan can't make it to every game. The logisitical nightmares of away games, jobs and other commitments can keep us out of the stands.
The good news is that your fans don't have to miss one more dunk, touchdown or goal. Live video streaming brings the games to your fans, wherever they are.
As you start researching your options for live video streaming, it's important to understand all the costs associated with the solution that is right for you. Below are three elements of streaming that can affect cost, expanded on in The Ultimate Guide to Winning the Sports Streaming Game.
So, you’ve decided to start live video streaming your services.
Who’s watching? Perhaps a family that faithfully attends in person is away on vacation; A parent that is home caring for a sick child; Someone traveling for business. There are multiple scenarios that keep people from physically being able to attend Sunday service.
Streaming your services helps you include faraway members in your worship experience — but only if they know it’s available and how to access it. Though you might think you’ve done a thorough job making your congregation aware of the stream, odds are that those who haven’t used it yet have forgotten it’s available. Below are a few considerations to help grow your live streaming audience.
“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"
(John 1:29 ESV)
First impressions mean a lot.
The Book of John opens with artistic and somewhat mystical language to describe creation and introduce God. The first 18 verses of the chapter use lofty wording, deep concepts, and move at a rapid pace, likely leaving the first-time reader with more questions than answers.
After lots of research, you’ve finally decided to start live video streaming. Let’s just say you’ve chosen BoxCast as your video streaming expert (wink, wink).
Here’s the problem — If your network isn’t optimized for live video streaming, the quality of your stream will suffer and you'll be left with some pretty unhappy viewers.
Editor's Note: This list has been updated! Click here to see the top 4 conferences to attend in 2017.
For those of you who have had been blessed enough to attend church conferences, you know that joining thousands of other dedicated believers is an amazing way to recharge spiritually.
The sermons and breakout sessions challenge you intellectually and can strengthen your relationship with God in ways you might not have thought possible.
Luckily, there are hundreds of conferences each year, so there is rich opportunity to attend at least one. Below are five conferences we find most worthwhile to attend in 2016.
Anyone who’s in the sports industry knows it to be true: as more and more fans become complacent with the “at-home experience,” ticket revenue is in jeopardy.
Have you noticed that the lighting on your streams just doesn’t look as good as it does in person?
Some people would suggest to add more lights, but that can quickly become an expensive endeavor. Luckily, making adjustments to the fixtures and equipment that you already have can usually achieve the desired effect.
The new year just started and we’re already starting to see some major events shake up the sports world.
The Cleveland Browns rang in the new year by firing head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer (and hired New York Mets' Paul DePodesta as the team's chief strategy officer - we'll see if his skills make the switch from baseball to football). Perhaps more surprising is that Chip Kelly lost his gig as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
These games find ways to keep us on our toes. But the sports industry we love is made up of more than just our favorite players and quick plays. Sports is a performance-driven business.
Though we don’t yet know how they’ll play out, here are the four “business-of-sports” trends to keep an eye on this upcoming year.
How much easier would video streaming be if those watching at home could easily overlook murky audio, poor camera angles and insufficient lighting?
But they don’t.
We’ve all seen too many movies and TV shows to let us ignore those deficiencies. Of course, the members of your church don’t expect a movie-quality production, but low-quality broadcasts take away from the viewing experience and, eventually, could lose your viewership.