Basics of Live Streaming Your Church Service to Facebook

Technical Setup – Absolute Basics, Low-Cost Method

This document is to enable all churches to live stream their church service this Sunday.

  • If you haven’t already, setup a Facebook Page for your Church. Ensure this is a public page, and not a closed group. This is an opportunity to reach out beyond your congregation.

Equipment:

  • iPhone or equivalent smart phone
  • 4 pole lapel microphone designed for smartphones
  • 2 metre extension cable for 4 pole microphone (optional)
  • Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adaptor (optional – if your iPhone doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack). Only the official Apple one works.
  • Tripod (a few options here)
  • smartphone tripod adapter (if you don’t have a full tripod you could use the mini-tripod which comes with this adapter and place it on a table)
  • Duct tape (optional)

Method (Hardware setup):

  • Position the iPhone horizontally in the tripod adapter
  • Plug the microphone into the iPhone (use headphone adapter if necessary)
  • Connect extension cable for extra length (optional)
  • Clip or tape the lapel microphone to the person speaking (ensure that it is in a place which won’t create noise when their clothing moves)
  • Lighting – ensure enough light to see person without making them glow

Method (Livestreaming setup):

  • Open Facebook app on your iPhone
  • Search for and open your church Facebook page
  • Click “Publish”
  • Write description e.g. “Welcome to the live broadcast of our church service at XXXXXXX church. We are unable to meet in person, but we still want to hear your thoughts, reflections, or questions on today’s sermon. Please type them into comments and we will reply throughout this week.”
  • Click the camera icon
  • Scroll down and click “Live Video”
  • Ensure the person speaking (the minister) is ready to begin
  • Click “Start Live Video” or the blue icon with the camera icon (once you do this you will be broadcasting live)
  • When the presentation had finished, click “Finish” (the live broadcast will now end)
  • You will be given options to keep or delete the video. Click “Share” and the video will remain on your church’s Facebook page.
  • Sample broadcast here: https://www.facebook.com/FairyMeadowAnglican/videos/576567509609879/ 

Presenting to a Camera and not a Congregation

  • Talk to the Camera. Don’t look around at an empty building. When you talk to the camera imagine you are speaking to your best friend or favourite congregation member. Speak to one person, not multiple.
  • When you speak to a room full of people you are pushing your energy out into multiple directions. When you are speaking to a single camera, push all that energy into the single lens.
  • To create community, don’t just give the sermon. Spend the first 20 minutes of the live broadcast reading notices, making people feel welcome, reminding them to post their thoughts and questions, or perhaps have someone do a children’s talk or give a testimony.
  • Afterwards you may opt to answer some of the questions that people have posted during the live broadcast (this will take more volunteers)

Extras

  • Embed the Facebook Live video into your church web page. See this video. The video uses another software called OBS Studio (which I use at my church) but you can achieve the same outcome without it.
  • Live streaming tips for churches at PhilCooke.com
  • Want to do more? Is it not working? Email me at josh@joshreidmedia.com 
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