Comparing Facebook Live and Altar Live for Churches
Facebook Live is a good livestreaming option for one-way broadcast of a church service. Altar Live brings together the best of livestreaming and person-to-person videoconferencing to deliver an interactive church experience.
Most churches have a Facebook page. Facebook offers lots of benefits! It’s a public platform that you can moderate. You can broadcast live, post announcements and share videos and posts far and wide. With so many people on Facebook, people can easily join your page and live stream.
For all the great benefits of Facebook, almost every church that uses Facebook Live still has to use other platforms to actually see each other:
“After the watching the service here on Facebook Live,
join us on Zoom for fellowship and virtual coffee!”
Facebook Live is missing an entire dimension of worship and community: face-to-face, talk-out-loud fellowship!
Does that sound familiar to you? Are you looking for a way for people to connect with each other beyond your comment section?
If that sounds like you and your church, you’ll want to see how Altar Live can complement Facebook Live, and give your church a fuller experience.
Many churches using Altar Live continue to use Facebook and Facebook Live as part of their outreach. Facebook is well-suited for sharing and discovery of a video livestream via newsfeeds. Altar Live can be used as a replacement to Facebook Live, but can be used as a complement to their social media outreach strategy.
#1. See who is at church today
Part of the in-person church experience involves simply being present with fellow believers. There is a warmth, a sense of belonging when a congregation gathers, even if it does not include a direct conversation.
For some folks, also seeing who is not there today is important. Not only do they notice someone’s presence, they also notice their absence, and take it as an sign that perhaps someone is in need of caring, direct contact.
#2. Sit with family and friends
Most of us sit together at church with someone -- either by habit and intention, or opportunistically when a seat in a row is available next to a friend, neighbor or acquaintance. Sitting on a sofa at home with a spouse, children, roommates approximates this experience, but still lacks a fuller sense of community.
#3. Avoid Distractions
Sitting at home watching a church service is full of distractions: the family pet demanding attention, household clutter that needs picking up, coffee and food just a room away. The fewer distractions, the better.
#4. Passing of the Peace
We all miss this -- turning to your seat neighbors, making eye contact, and offering a physical gesture.
#5. Mingling during coffee hour
You go to church to worship and connect with God. You stick around at church to connect with people.
#6. One-to-one prayer
Now that almost everyone is online, an amazing thing happens. People are much quicker to get intimate, to share real life stories and circumstances, and to be more open to intercessory prayer.
#7. Bringing newcomers
Some people find it hard to invite others to their physical church building. And others find it hard to accept an invitation to the church building. But, an online church service lowers the threshold considerably to offering (and accepting) an invitation.
#8. Welcoming newcomers
Some seekers find your church even without a direct invitation. They discover your livestream in their news feed or through search results. What happens when they arrive?
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