Get Your Message to As Many People as Possible
I’ve been getting many pastors/church leaders to contact me during this coronavirus crisis about other ways to get their message out to the public. Also how to engage their congregations.
Some churches were prepared. However, others were not. This explains why I am seeing high traffic to my articles about live streaming. Live streaming is not an option, and it may not be the best choice for your church’s philosophy of ministry.
So, I decided to write an article that would give you at least three to four options for broadcasting your church services in unique ways, allowing you to reach more people than you can during these difficult times.
These ideas may be possible, but I’ve noticed that Amazon takes a while to ship some of my recommendations. Before giving up, you might consider other sources. This could include Sweetwater, eBay, B&H Photo, and other sources.
Live Streaming and Video Feeds
Many churches will be streaming live to broadcast their services to social media. This is the best way to reach your followers. Facebook Live is a great way for your church family to connect with you. This post will not cover everything you need to know.
You don’t need a complicated setup to stream live. One friend is temporarily streaming via a smartphone and an adapter that attaches to a tripod. Then, she connects to Facebook.
Another teleconferencing app I know is Zoom. The app can be used by up to 100 people at once and can last up to 40 minutes for each session. This is a temporary solution.
You can also set up video feeds in multi-purpose rooms and classrooms to limit the number of people per room. If you wish to transmit audio only, you will need an HDMI transmitter (Amazon ) or a Bluetooth receiver (Amazon). The transmitter will transmit the feed to any monitors you have installed in these rooms.
Using Your Assisted Listening System
Many churches have a hearing aid system in place. To hear the message, they can use headphones or coils.
You can purchase more receivers and headphones during times of crisis and allow church members to listen in classrooms, multipurpose rooms, and even their cars.
Use a low-power FM transmitter.
An old idea that is still relevant today is another option. Robert Schuller, a pioneer in using a drive-in cinema to build a church, did so many years ago. You can use the same idea today and share your sermon with others using a low-power FM Transmitter.
These transmitters can only transmit approximately 1 mile—some less. You need to pick a frequency not used in your area, plug it into your sound system, and you can broadcast your services to anyone parked outside. This is the best example of social distancing.
Although I’m not an expert on these transmitters, here are a few that were recommended.
Retekess TR508 FM Transmitter for Church
FM Transmitter for Church, Aupabu Long Range Stereo Broadcast
Broadcast your services today and in the future
There you have it. I tried to offer low-cost solutions to this crisis and ideas to help you grow your ministry in the future.