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Subject: Check out Altar Live
I just tried out this new solution for online church, and I think we can use it to deepen engagement among our congregation. It's called Altar Live, and there were a few things I noticed right away after I went through the demo. Here’s a quick video overview of the platform.
- Pick a seat and watch with family and friends. As our livestream service plays and you can also see a set of "rows" where I can choose a seat. I can see who is already in that row, or I can join an empty one and invite someone to sit "with" me. We can all see and talk with each other, and follow along with the livestream at the same time
- Talk like we're in church. When there are sermon discussion questions, or when it is time for passing the peace, we just "turn to our neighbor" and speak and respond. It's a lot like being in church. We can also arrive early and chat together.
- Coffee hour afterwards. When the church service ends, we all got moved into a social lobby. I can find friends and "grab a table" to chat face-to-face for a while.
- Prayer. Some people are available specifically to pray in private. You just find that person, pick a table, and use that space.
- Outreach. It is easier to invite someone to church because I can invite them directly into my watch party for them to watch with me instead of into a room full of strangers. And it's better than Facebook, because we can see each other without having to be visible and public to everyone else watching.
- Welcoming and secure. Anyone can come and watch the live service, just like on our YouTube or Facebook livestream and recordings. A greeter can see that they are there, and ask them if they'd like to meet or sit with someone. The visitor has to give an email address to join a row or a table -- and the greeter can dismiss and block anyone who is disruptive.
- Uses what we already have. Altar Live is something we add to our existing setup. It uses the livestream we are already doing. And, there's no awkward shift from Facebook or YouTube for the livestream and then to Zoom for face-to-face connection.
- Affordable. The cost is based on size of church, and is designed to be affordable for small and medium size churches like ours. The cost is comparable to what we spend on coffee service per person per month.
People come to our livestream for the worship and the message. But, they also come, and stay longer, to be with each other, and to bring people with them. I think Altar Live can bring our current online church to the next level.
You can try it for yourself here. Let me know if you want to try it together -- we can do a watch party together.