Comparing Church Online and Altar Live
December 21, 2020
For better or worse, every church has now become something of an expert in the world of live streaming. If your church already had a side project producing a livestream that played in parallel to your in-house worship, you were miles ahead of the game when the pandemic forced us all to close our doors. And, if you didn’t have live streaming before March… well, you do now. And, it’s not just a side project, it is becoming the main project.
Many churches selected the Church Online platform, and for good reason! It has been battle tested, is used by lots of churches around the world, has some strong advantages over streaming on social media sites… and it is free! Who could ask for more?
Actually…almost every church that uses Church.Online does ask for something more.
“After the watching the service with Church.Online,
join us on Zoom for fellowship and virtual coffee!”
Church.Online is missing an entire dimension of worship and community: face-to-face, talk-out-loud fellowship!
Does that sound familiar to you? Is your livestream experience the sound of just one hand clapping?
Altar Live combines the broadcast reach of church live streaming with personal intimacy of face-to-face videoconferencing.
If that sounds like you and your church, you’ll want to see how Altar Live can replace Church.Online, and give your church a fuller experience.
Here are things to consider as you look at moving to the next phase of your online church.
#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. Passing of the Peace
We all miss this -- turning to your seat neighbors, making eye contact, and offering a physical gesture.
#4. Mingling during coffee hour
You go to church to worship and connect with God. You stick around at church to connect with people.
#5. 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.
#6. 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.
#7. Welcoming newcomers
Some seekers find your church even without a direct invitation. They discovered your church on social media or through a Google search, and they come to your livestream.
Everyone has a budget.