Zoom for Church?
Zoom for church is now called Altar Live.
September 22, 2021
There are many livestream platforms that allow video-conferences, meetings, and webinars. But what if there was a platform that was specifically designed for churches; a platform that serves and ministers to church communities.
Some may wonder if it's even possible to make personal connections online. Does church even work online? Workplaces, conferences, and businesses use Zoom, Hopin, and GoogleMeet to livestream and conduct meetings while still maintaining a sense of community. Since Church is an important part of people’s lives, there needs to be a space that knows the importance of community and value church has in people’s lives.
Enter, Altar Live.
What is Altar Live?
Altar Live is an online church platform designed for faith communities to stream and host interactive and engaging events and services. Our simple, intuitive platform gathers your people together online where they can worship together in watch parties, freely socialize at virtual tables together, and find private places to pray with each other.
How Can I Use Altar Live?
You can use Altar Live to host Meetings, Events, services, bible studies, prayer groups, small groups, the possibilities are endless! Altar Live is Zoom for church because there are so many more features that encourage church community and provide a one-stop platform that meets every church need.
Here is a breakdown of a few ways you can use Altar Live:
Altar Live IS Zoom for church- you can give your entire team access to schedule synchronous video-conference meetings with multiple hosts. When you aren’t using Altar Live for your church live stream, you can use the platform in other ways to serve your faith community. Altar is a one-stop destination not only for your services, but your small-groups, Bible studies, prayer meetings, staff meetings, and more!
Why do we think Altar Meetings are better than using only Zoom for church?
- 100+ person capacity
- People can freely move on their own between breakout tables and rooms
- One account, multiple hosts
- One account, synchronous & concurrent events
- Everything is browser based & fully supported on mobile
- Participants can share their screen
- Hosts have controls over all participant mics & cameras
- Seamless integration into a Sunday service or a mid-week church gathering
If you ever need a Room for Sunday or weekday events for classes, youth groups, prayer meetings, and impromptu gatherings, Altar has got you covered! In the Lobby of an Altar Live event, you can add Rooms. During the event creation process, you can add multiple Rooms to your Event. Rooms function as breakout video conference sessions inside the Lobby and they have capacity for up to 50 people at a time. Each Room can be named and given a description so you will be able to direct people to which room they should go to before or after the service. Rooms can be accessed by all the attendees when the Event is in Lobby state. Attendees can toggle between Tables and Rooms to be able to move around. It gives attendees the freedom to meet and mingle with other people in the event. The host does not need to worry about assigning people to a room beforehand!
If you ever need to make an announcement during your church live stream, but don't want to disrupt the service, they can use the announcement feature! During events, meetings, and services, you can send out three different kinds of announcements: panel, modal, and notification type.
Announcements are great for sending reminders and messages to the church community:
- Registration for small groups
- Prayer requests
- Upcoming events
The possibilities are endless. Hosts have total control and can even schedule announcements before the event starts.
Why is Altar Live better than using Zoom for Church?
Altar Live is better than using Zoom for Church because it it’s core, Altar Live was created to serve the church community.
Need to host three small groups, a staff meeting, and volunteer training all at the same time? No problem. Pay for one account to get unlimited and concurrent events & meetings. With everything you expect from video-conferencing, plus so much more, it's a no-brainer switch to Altar Live.
Altar Live knows and values churches and designed features that would not only create a seamless online church experience, but also encourages connections and engagement. We don’t want you to feel like you are just staring at a screen! We want all attendees to feel like they are a part of the church service and feel comfortable to mingle and worship together.
See the full comparison page to learn more!