Stream worship, preaching, and teaching through social media and/or your church website. Encourage people to engage with your services this way. Have someone dedicated to monitoring the live chat to encourage further connection.
Video series with step by step instructions on going FB live with Dr. Jonathan Smith and Mr. Cameron Helwege:
--If you need any help, please contact Rev. Dr. Jonathan Smith at 912-678-5631
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
--More episodes coming each day this week!
Instagram Live: Click here for instructions.
YouTube Live: Click here for instructions.
Outreach: Free Streaming
Free coaching from Georgia UM Commission: If your church is exploring digital avenues and in need of some guidance, email email@example.com. Donations made toward this free service will go directly to support their work with students.
Not ready to stream? Try videoing your sermon/teaching and posting it to social media or your church website. Include suggested discussion questions, spiritual disciplines, or personal reflection to help people respond.
Instead of meeting for study or even committee work in person, try a conference call or video call. Along with email, there are also ways you can send out group messages.
Google: Google is offering the enterprise version to G Suite and G Suite for Education users. This includes free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities like meetings with up to 250 participants per call and live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain. Read more here.
Microsoft: Microsoft is offering Teams for free. Teams is a collaboration tool with chat, video calling, personal and team file storage, and more. Read more here.
Slack: Slack is a collaboration app that already has a free version, but they are now offering webinars and one-on-one consultations to help you navigate your own transition to a remote workforce. Read more here.
United Methodist Book of Worship: The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is granting permission to use and post online selected contents from the United Methodist Book of Worship (BOW). Read more here.
One License: One License is offering free licensing through April 15. They license hundred of music publishers, typically hymnals, choral arrangements and other traditional music, including our United Methodist Hymnal. You must have a Podcast / Streaming License to stream worship services that include music from their list of publishers. You can sign up for a new license or, if you already have an Annual Reprint License (only to print/project music or lyrics), you can add the Podcast / Streaming License to your account. Read more here.
CCLI: Although CCLI isn't offering any free services at this time, they are important to note here because they provide licensing for most contemporary music publishers who produce what you hear on the radio. You must have a Streaming License to stream worship services that include music from their list of publishers. Visit them here.
Outreach: Beginning March 20, Outreach Digital is offering a free solution for streaming your church services online, including chat, notes, and the Bible. This allows you to stream from your church's website without needing to use Facebook. Read more here.
Cokesbury: Cokesbury Kids is offering free, live, online, at-home worship services for the whole family. Gather your family around the computer for a child-centered time of singing, praying and listening. Register here.
Sermons4Kids: fun lectionary based lessons and instructions to use at home.
Right Now Media: A streaming library of Bible study videos for all ages.
A very practical concern for churches is how closure might affect this specific spiritual discipline. This is a great time to send reminders about all the ways your church can help disciples practice generosity: online giving, gifts by mail, stock donations, legacy gifts, text-to-give, etc. This is an ideal time to underscore that giving is not payment for services rendered. It is a Christian practice; an act of faith and devotion to God.
Conference staff have been thinking of ways they can help local churches. The Administrative Services Office has created an online giving platform for churches to use if they don't already have online giving in place. If your church would like to use the platform or if you have questions about setting up online giving, email or call Dr. Derek McAleer (478-738-0048).
Samples of online giving platforms:
Offer to pick up groceries for an older adult in your congregation or neighborhood. They may have anxiety or fear about being in public.
There are many, many more ways we can continue to be safe and still care for others. Reach out via social media, text, or by phone and see how you can be a light for Christ.
From the Conference Advocacy Team:
What can churches do to help?