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7 MUST HAVE Tools for the Live Streaming Toolbox

Just because your church services are meeting in-person again doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be using livestreaming & on-demand. 

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Not only does online connection allow for current members to stay in touch, it’s a powerful tool to proclaim the message of Jesus at any time of day and to anywhere in the world. 

Catalyst’s live streaming platform for churches, sermon.net, automatically provides an entire toolbox of resources to stream live or recorded services with your own media player on your website, it auto-populates all the popular podcast providers, & it can be set to automatically restream to Facebook and YouTube automatically, and so many more tools…all included for FREE with a sermon.net account.

We are often surprised by how many Church live streaming users don’t realize what tools they already have access to.

This is why sermon.net features a bi-weekly reminder and tutorial to all subscribers with a focused ‘featured feature’ available in their studio toolbox.

The sermon.net Sermon Studio is packed full of functional tools to best stream your live and on-demand content.  See a comprehensive list below.

If you don’t yet have a Sermon Studio or your current live stream provider isn’t suiting your needs, visit sermon.net and click on the Risk Free Trial for your 14 day free trial- with full access to all tools!

Here are 7 Key Features every Live Streaming Church needs (and they’re all free with a sermon.net account)

Free Feature #1: 

Audio, Video, PDF storage & delivery.

Benefit: Safeguard your content and its access

This is your own online copy of your media that you can link to and share directly.  Regardless of the policies and decisions of the secular, ad-driven, platforms; this is your private / safe online copy of the media that will not be affected by any changes they make. Your content will always be separate and accessible by you and your audience.

Free Feature #2: 

Embed players directly into your own website.

Benefit: Don’t Lose Control of your online presence

Do not force your audience to go to the ad-driven, data-mining platforms that are designed to entice your viewers away from your message. Give your audience the option to access your content on a page or site that ONLY contains your content. If you do not have your own website, we provide you with your own landing page.

Free Feature #3: 

Live Simulcasting / Re-streaming to your Youtube, Facebook, or other custom RTMP accounts.

Benefit: Simplify your workflow

Hit multiple destinations with one simple action. Once set up, all you will need to do is start your stream with the click of a button.  This will send your stream to your website, as well as your social networks. Grow your audience by leveraging the outreach capabilities the free platforms provide, but do not rely solely upon them.

Free Feature #4: 

Simulated live streaming / scheduled broadcasting of pre-recorded content.

Benefit: Prepare an event ahead of time

Pre-record your media and bring people together to watch at a scheduled time. It can be a single event, or several hours of scheduled programming. Your audience can interact with you and each other through an integrated chat module.

Free Feature #5: 

Podcasting to iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc. (unlimited RSS feeds).

Benefit: Auto-populate any podcast feed to discover a bigger audience.

Make it easy for your church members (& an entirely new audience searching for teaching) to automatically receive and take your media with them. They can listen to and share while on the go.  

Free Feature #6: 

Apps for Apple, Android, Roku, and Chromecast

Benefit: Easy access on mobile devices and home entertainment systems

Whether traveling in the car, on-vacation, or not wanting to meet at in-person venues yet, give your audience the best experience possible based on their current location and equipment.

Free Feature #7: 

Unlimited Playlists and Media Centers (embeddable, or linked-to landing page)

Benefit: Multiple departments, each with unique content and access, all controlled through one Studio account.

Your Sunday morning worship, youth ministry, your kids ministry, and even Aunt Ruth’s Bible study can each have their own Playlist (channel). Each with their own live streams, archived content, players, and feeds.  How many get their own channel? It’s literally UNLIMITED.

If you are interested in getting your own Sermon Studio “toolbox”, take sermon.net. for a spin with our Risk Free Trial.

Kyle Thompson

As the President at Catalyst Resource Group, Kyle Thompson helps engage an audience of thousands of leaders at churches and other non-profit groups with streaming services and ministry resources. Since 1994, Kyle has worked to bring messages and stories of faith in movies and tv through over 50 feature films and documentaries, including I Can Only Imagine, Breakthrough, Just Mercy, Heaven is for Real, The Passion of The Christ, Fireproof and Hacksaw Ridge.