Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
Still not sure you want to stream your church services? Financial reasons, lack of tech knowledge, etc. may be keeping your church from utilizing online streaming. Rather than focusing on the reasons not to stream church services, here are five reasons you should:
To reach church members who are not present
I can't tell you how many times I've read a tweet on Twitter from a church member who was so excited and glad to be able to watch a church service in their absence. Here are some of those tweets:
not able to physically be in church today but at least I can watch-yay technology! http://cdn.streamingfaith.com/oc/berean-christian-church/ …
thanks to technology Im attending church online today http://instagr.am/p/UJPGOINNPy/
It makes them feel like they are there with their church family, as @smkaiser1 puts it, and they are able to get the message even though they can't be at church for whatever reason.
To be a light in the ever increasing darkness
There is so much darkness on the Internet, and it unfortunately outshines the good a lot of the time. Just like television is full of secular programming that does not glorify God, so is the Internet. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:6 we're to be a light in the darkness:
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ."
To be relevant
In Biblical times, people communicated with writing and talking. Today, we still do this, except we write- and talk- on our cell phones and computers. Your message will be more far-reaching if you can make it relevant, which means using technology.
To equip Christians to do God's work
No matter where in the world your messages reach, you are making an impact on individuals. Who knows how many Christians will see your messages and, as a result, be motivated to deepen their relationship with God and fulfill His calling on their life.
To touch people's hearts
Above all, the main reason for streaming your church services should be to tell people about Jesus. If only one person asks God into their heart because of your message, it is worth it to video stream.