Guide: Getting Started with Live Streaming

Over the past year, online services have played an important part in keeping our communities connected and informed, as well as an opportunity to reach out to others locally. 

Here, we have gathered resources from Digital Labs to equip you with your online services and events.

How To Go Live

Each social media offers the ability to go-live for free using the app or from your browser. Find out how below. Read our guide for tips on going live with your service or event for free.

Which Platform?

Which platforms should you choose to go live on depends on the purpose of your live broadcast and what platforms your community use.

A generally good rule to follow is For meetings or events where you'd like direct interaction or privacy, such as social gatherings, prayer meetings or bible studies, a video conferencing platform such as Zoom, Google meet or Skype is ideal.
Guide: Getting Started with Live Streaming
Guide: Getting Started with Live Streaming

For public gatherings, services or events, where you want to gather a crowd or video clips that you would like to share with a broad audience, use a social media platform such as Facebook, YouTube or Instagram. Choose whichever platform your community frequently use to make it easier for them to find.

How Do I Improve My Live-stream?


Going live from your mobile device straight to a platform is simple and effective, and rarely needs more than a phone, a tripod (or stack of books) and a good light source, such as a lamp or window. However, there are a few ways to improve your Livestream beyond this, especially if you are starting to broadcast from your church building.

What are the practical considerations for live-streaming or recording a public service or event?

From equipment, safeguarding and those without internet access, we've explored some of the options for live-streaming from your church building.

Read the blog on Supporting congregations and people exploring faith online as churches begin to reopen for practical advice, and scroll down for how-to guides, resources and training for you and your church.


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