[Interview]: Is Video Equipment Important for Your Ministry?

November 24, 2015

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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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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5 Easy Ways to Improve the Audio of your Church's Live Streams

November 12, 2015

Live video streaming is taking off. Churches around the country are realizing that when they stream, they can connect with their communities in new ways and engage members when they can’t make it in person.

Still, even the most devout believer is going to have a hard time watching with a live stream if the sound quality is poor.

Muffled sound, background noise, wild swings in volume and distortion can essentially ruin a live stream. Anyone who has ever watched an amateur video or live stream knows that the sound is one of the hardest things to get right — and one of the most difficult flaws to overlook.

While most viewers don’t expect Hollywood-caliber post-production sound, there are simple things a church can do to improve the audio on its broadcasts:

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The 4 Huge Problems with Multi-Site Churches

November 12, 2015

As an involved member of your community, you’ve likely heard of the increasingly popular trend in the church space: that of the multi-site church. Those in favor of them claim that with more campuses, a church is more able to achieve its goal of spreading God’s word.

Others argue that just because you can open new locations doesn’t mean you necessarily should. It’s a major step – one that could fundamentally alter the course and nature of your church. As more churches take this route, it’s important to learn about the risks and rewards involved and the right way to go about it.

Last week’s blog post presented arguments for multi-site churches, so this week’s will encourage proponents of multi-site churches to consider the other side.  

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Your Ministry

November 11, 2015

Ministries around the country are finding the value in live video streaming, as it allows them to reach and engage their communities in ways that they were unable to before. Since you’ve found your way to this article, chances are high that you’ve decided that streaming could enhance your own ministry! 

Choosing video equipment can be an overwhelming task. We’ve put together a list of our favorite equipment to make your decision as simple as possible.

Though BoxCast works well with all kinds of cameras and production equipment, these are our top choices for whether you’re new to the world of streaming, a professional videographer, or fall somewhere in between.

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The 5 Reasons Multi-site Churches are Here for Good

November 05, 2015

If your church is thinking about opening up one or more additional sites, congratulations!

That means you’re reaching a growing number of engaged members and people are excited about joining your community. Things like this can only happen when a church is truly connecting with its members and delivering a message they want and need.

Still, the growing trend of multi-site churches remains controversial. Because the subject is so broad, we’ll cover different aspects of it in this blog. This post will lay out some of the common arguments for multi-site churches. Next week, we’ll present the opposite case.

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How to Better Connect With Your Live Stream Audience

October 23, 2015

As wonderful a tool as live streaming is, watching a worship service online is not the same as attending one.

So much of the worship experience is enhanced by connecting with fellow members and the greater church family.

Those aspects are harder to achieve from a distance.

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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 Your Church Using Social Media the Right Way?

September 19, 2015

Your church might already have a presence on social media, but is it doing enough to attract and engage worshippers? Below are ways to strengthen your ministry through social media.

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