Videos can not only enhance but completely change the churchgoing experience, allowing you to reach out to thousands of people online around the world instantly, some of whom may decide to attend your church in person, and others who will take what they need from the online sermons and be able to grow in their relationship with Christ as a result.
Streaming video of your sermons is a powerful tool, allowing you to expand your congregation without having to knock down any walls or even hire a contractor. Regular members will also be able to watch even when they are sick or out of town. These videos can be posted all around the internet to have a far reaching impact way beyond the typical Sunday morning.
Other types of church activities can be filmed as well, from community festivals, fundraising activities, charity drives, sporting events and pageants to outreach. Consider cutting apart and editing some of these videos into short clips, which will be more watchable than the long version. Show highlights of events, or create a sort of video montage, so that viewers don’t have to sit through the whole thing.
Videos can be posted on YouTube and embedded into your site for easier loading and to reduce space requirements. Start a YouTube account for your church, where parishioners can go and watch all of the various clips you have uploaded, and be sure to advertise it on your site. And don’t forget about social media sites like Facebook, where you can post or embed videos as well.
You should invest in a good digital video camera, we personally recommend the Blackmagic Pocket Camera for sermons and a Canon 6D for events and the functions. With today’s technology, these are not terribly expensive. Make sure you get a tripod for those sermons. You can get a cheap subscription to Adobe CC where you can use Premier to edit the sermons and videos too!
Once you have the camera and the software, start filming, and then play around with the editing software. You’ll be delighted at how much fun it can actually be! If you are looking for something more professional and consistent, give us a call and we can work out a custom package for you!