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Worship: Technology & Copyrights

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Judicatory & Other Denominational Helps

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The Ultimate Guide to Church Photography Policies: Church photography is an amazing tool for sharing the gospel. Learn up-to-date tips one authentically showcasing the life of your church while respecting people's privacy.

Pastoring in the Digital Parish delivers community and resources for leaders adjusting to ministry in digital space. It’s the digital ministry class you missed in seminary.

Pastoring in the Digital Parish (from the United Methodist Church) delivers community and resources for leaders adjusting to ministry in digital space with coaches and teachers who guide listeners in building an online presence for ministries, engaging individuals in community, and ushering communities into digital discipleship.

Online & Hybrid Ministry Resources: blogs, podcasts, articles, etc.

Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church offers 7 Ways to Connect with Your Community with Low – or No – Broadband Access

sends folks to Epiphan Video for How to live stream: a beginner’s survival guide and to The Gospel Coalition for a tutorial on How to Livestream Your Church Service: A Practical Guide and

directs folks to Hacking Christianity for a tutorial on Creating Live-streamed Worship in 3 Days

offers a tutorial on Using Facebook Live, which you can also learn from Dynamic Church Ministries in a video.

All of the United Methodist Communications' Local Church Learning Sessions have been developed specifically to support local United Methodist churches during this extraordinary time. New sessions will be added here as they are produced.

Jeremy Steel of the UMC writes, The Symbol that Inspires People to #act: #hashtags

Find tips for the most effective uses of hashtags for promotion and engagement.

Copyrights & Permissions

Augsburg Fortress offers updated guidance on copyright and permissions for reprinting, displaying and streaming texts and music for worship. Learn about different licenses for different situations and what is and is not covered with a subscription to SundaysandSeasons.com

Other Online Tips & How-To's

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5 Key Ways to Improve Your Church YouTube Channel

Phil Cooke explains why YouTube is critical to your church’s digital presence. He outlines five ways to improve your YouTube channel and boost your outreach.

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5 Dos and Don’ts to Make the Most of Your Digital Worship

It’s a good time for congregations to reassess their approach to online worship. The Lewis Center's Tim Snyder offers five “dos and don’ts” for churches looking to make digital worship a permanent element of their ministry.

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What Approach to Digital Worship is Best for Your Church?

Tim Snyder of the Lewis Center staff outlines the pluses and minuses of two platforms commonly used for digital worship — broadcast platforms and video conferencing. Each has its own logic, possibilities, and limitations that must be considered in deciding what is right in your setting.

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Imagining a Hybrid Future” featuring Rosario Picardo

Convergence offers the on-demand course How to Do Hybrid Worship with Jim Keat

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7 Reasons You Must Not Abandon Your Online Services

Thom Rainer says it is a mistake for churches to give up their digital or streaming services after returning to in-person worship. He outlines seven reasons online worship can augment your place-based worship and reach the community.

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Podcast Episode 69: “Practicing Ministry in Digital Spaces” featuring Keith Anderson

How to Create a Virtual Anthem

AND: Fall Friday Webinar Series includes:

  • Practical Methods and Uses of Virtual Church Music
  • Confused about Licensing? Let's Talk
  • Truly Present: Practicing Prayer in the Liturgy
  • Lutheran Summer Music Webinar: Creating a Virtual Ensemble

 

offers a free guide to help ramp up your digital ministry, digital services, and digital giving. It includes live streaming guides to get started fast or with no budget, music and licensing information, digital kids’ and youth ministry ideas, and much more.

Lewis Center for Church Leadership advises that Digital Church Is Here to Stay

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Online Tools

Pixel Preacher

Pixel Preacher is a design shop specifically for churches. Most of the items available have a price tag, but they do have a “freebies” section that contains many basic (but fun) graphics—motion loops, countdowns, social media, and overlays included.  Access freebies

 

Offers weekly tips and tools for strengthening your online presence and outreach.

There are a variety of free video-editing options available that sometimes offer more features than more expensive platforms. A few of the most highly rated free video editors are LightworksBlenderShotcut, and DaVinci Resolve.

FreeOnlineChurch.com: Outreach.com is offering a new service that helps churches stream worship to their websites. Make your online worship service easier to find and drive more traffic to your website with this amazing free resource.

Call-in Telephone Streaming Service  Phonelivestreaming.com provides a local, dedicated telephone number that requires no access codes. Worshippers can call in during the service to listen live or call in later to hear a recording of the most recent service. They can even opt-in to be called each Sunday when the service begins.

Vanderbilt Divinity Library has updated their Revised Common Lectionary webpages with newly integrated print pdfs and slides, making them seamlessly accessible for every Sunday/Holy Day with links to slides and images.

Resource UMC shares how to Use Phones to Worship Remotely

Word Swag app, available on both iOS and Android devices, turns quotes and brief messages into beautiful photo text designs. Those who post to church social media pages will find this app especially useful. There is both a free version and a paid version.