Facebook Live

A Step by Step Guide for Worship Leaders

A number of years ago I was serving a church as a youth director.  The pastor of the church left for vacation and was gone for two weeks.  We talked about all the things that I needed to do while he was gone.  One of the things we talked about was worship coverage.  “Wouldn’t it be great?” he said, “if I could just give my sermon from the beach?”  We all laughed at the thought because we knew that was not a possibility. 

Today we could easily make that off the cuff silly idea a real possibility.  Technology is constantly changing and advancing.  We can do so many things now that we could not even imagine doing just ten years ago. There are billions of devices and fast networks that easily connect us to one another.  There are apps that help us find directions, play games, text, talk and so much more. 

One of the ways I believe God is using me in the world is to create content that equips people in finding clarity and confidence so they can live out their God-Given purpose.  The content that I have spent the most time creating are written through my blog and in my sermons on Sunday.  Since January of this year I have been experimenting with video content through Facebook Live.  

What is Facebook Live?  

Facebook Live offers live-streaming video capabilities to users. By tapping the live stream icon, you can start broadcasting video live from your smartphone. Any users following you will have the ability to “tune in” to the broadcast. At the end of the video, you can tap “finish” to complete the video, at which point it will be posted as a permanently available feature on your timeline.

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Monday Sermon Chats on Periscope

3 Ways you can use Periscope Today

Periscope is a live streaming app that links up with your twitter followers. So when you start a new broadcast (live video), your twitter followers who are also on Periscope are notified. They can then watch your broadcast and comment via text while they are watching. You then have the option to allow people to view your broadcast at a later date.

More and more people are using Periscope to show the world their life and in the church – their ministry. Periscope can help church leaders connect with members of their congregation as well as potential people who are looking for a church.  Periscope videos are public broadcasts viewable by anyone, with notifications that are sent to your followers and to your Twitter feed when you “go live.”

There are many ways to use Periscope in the church.  Here are five ways that I am planning on using Periscope in the future and I think that you should as well.

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5 Things to Tell Your Kids Today

Raising kids is hard!  Since becoming a parent I walk a fine line between being my kids father and their friend.  No matter what I them to know that I love them no matter what, that I am thankful for all that they do and they are wonderful, talented individuals.

However, in the hustle and bustle of life I forget to tell them these things.  I spend so much time getting them to activities, correcting behavior, and just making it through day-to-day life that some of the more important messages get lost.

So if you are like me I would like to remind you of 5 things you can tell your kids today to encourage them and to remind them that they are special.

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