Worshipping online is different.
Many of you have questions regarding proper protocol with things such as music and communion.
Regarding music there are some limitations that all of us need to be aware of.
First, you should not play or share music that you do not have the copyright to, or you do not have a proper license.
This is a dicey area of the law, and you could get in trouble and could get hamper your church.
Regarding communion, we have put together a liturgy that lifts several alternatives to online communion, which is also spelled out in the document.
We are living through a time that has not been experienced in generations. What follows is a series of tools that we hope help each of you exegete your context and provide some wisdom as you pastor in your setting.
In the end, each of us must allow our pastoral hearts and Wesleyan theological center to guide us as we seek to extend sacramental ministry to our communities. We know that sacraments and sacramental acts are desperately needed in times like this. The question becomes what best expresses the fullness of your community's encounter with Jesus Christ.
Click here to read more regarding online communion, various liturgies created by Louisiana pastors and best practices.
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 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.
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.
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.
From pastoral care to live streaming services, there is a lot to think about prior to doing a funeral, please take a moment and read this handy document.