Cascadia District Online Church Life Resources
Choosing a Live Streaming Platform
May 15, 2021
Today we’re here to break down which live streaming platform is best for your church. There are a few things to consider when you set out to choose the platform that will be best for your church’s needs.
Most churches will want Facebook or Youtube to be platforms where their live stream appears. With both platforms, one of the biggest concerns is that they use bots to flag copyrighted materials, even if you have your CCLI Streaming License listed in the caption and/or comment section.
With both of these platforms, the main con is that they are not meant to be passively engaged with, so your livestream viewers are flooded with other information and distractions, like notifications, messages, and other video suggestions. This is the main reason you’d want to consider a platform that allows you to stream to both of these platforms, plus embed it into your website.
So how do you do that?
What if we'd like to stream to both Facebook and Youtube?
Streaming through a platform that allows your viewers to access your stream from multiple places makes it more accessible and available in places where less distractions exist (like your website!). This gives your stream a level of professionalism that also brings a reliability your congregation can trust. This is another step in moving bravely into the direction of integrating the live and virtual worship experiences!
If you have suggestions or questions, please contact Hope Montgomery, our Online Ministry Consultant through May of this year by email here.
Tutorials and Guides
Specific information on a variety of topics related to live streaming
Here are some tutorials and fact sheets Hope developed for specific churches while working with them. She has generalized these to be helpful to any church.
Tools for Sharing Media (when several people contribute pieces of your online worship experience)
Hope Montgomery was the Cascadia District Online Consultant for local churches. She was available to work with local churches at no cost through the end of May 2021.
This position was funded by a generous grant from the Cascadia District Church Extension Society. Thank you, CDCES!!
Hope is no longer available to work with you in person, but we have the work she has done here on this page of the website, along with other related resources.
We hope you find these useful!
Please contact the Cascadia District office if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright Law in the Age of Live Streaming: 8 Things You Need to Know
In her April 2021 article Hope interviewed Diane Sanchez-Bushong, Director of Music Ministries of The General Board of Discipleship, about copyright laws and infringement in the age of live streaming.
Live Streaming: Three Options Related to Expertise Level and Budget
In her March 2021 article, Hope laid out options for live streaming set-ups for each of three budget and expertise levels, including number of team members needed.
Live Streaming on a Budget: Options under $1,000
In her February 2021 article, Hope details information for those just getting started in live streaming with limited expertise and a limited budget for additional equipment
Local church learning sessions: Technology for worship, small groups and giving is a page on the UM Communications website with links to multiple articles about a variety of online church life functions.
- See this section of the Greater NW Area Covid Resource Page, under "Innovate in Worship" at
- There are also links there to more resources on copyright and licensing issues
- Find the virtual Pulpit Supply Resource with pre-recorded sermons for any Sunday available free to all GNW Area churches at https://regionalmediacenter.org/product-category/sermons/
- The Regional Media Center is also the host of other seasonal pre-recorded digital worship elements (including the whole service prepared for any Sunday in Eastertide). All our churches have a free membership through January 22nd. Check out the digital resources section at https://regionalmediacenter.org/
- Jim and Jean Strathdee have a large collection of sing-along music videos they are providing free for local church use:
- Check out the Cascadia District Vimeo channel for sermons DS Wendy is pre-recording and making available for local church use: https://vimeo.com/cascadiadistrictumc
How to Make Virtual Worship and other Online Church Life Events Accessible to All. This .pdf from the DisAbility Ministries Office of The UMC gives suggestions on how to make online church life accessible to persons with physical disabilities, hearing loss and blindness, as well as addressing the challenges faced by older adults and those with mental health issues. There are other resources for supporting those with disabilities during the pandemic at umcdmc.org/2020/03/27/coronavirus-resources-for-churches/