How Livestreaming Worship Services Can Grow Your Ministry

A pioneer in livestreaming worship services, Life.Church has come a long way from its early days of meeting in a two-car garage. Headquartered in Oklahoma, it is now one of the largest multi-site churches in the US, attended by more than 75,000 people with 27 campuses across eight states. On any given week, its ‘Church Online’ community welcomes over 225,000 unique visitors.

Founded by its senior pastor Craig Groeschel in 1996, Life.Church launched its internet campus a decade later, with a vision to provide a live experience for people around the world to engage in community at www.live.life.church.

Life.Church is a prime example of how you can start small and grow your community exponentially beyond your walls with livestreaming, and faith communities are discovering new ways to do so.


Worship has gone digital: livestreaming worship services

Livestream recently conducted a survey with our house of worship community and discovered some key findings about how they are livestreaming worship services:

48% of house of worship survey respondents say the main benefit of livestreaming is in growing an online audience.

#1 Growing a digital audience is the main reason houses of worship are livestreaming
Nearly half (48%) of survey respondents say the main benefit of livestreaming lies in growing an online audience. A sizable portion (28%) of respondents do it to reach people who aren’t able to make it to their physical locations due to sickness or distance. The remaining cite growing their in-person congregation (23%) and increasing donations (1%) as motivations for livestreaming.

#2 Houses of worship are streaming at least once a week
77% are livestreaming events and worship services weekly; 15% are streaming several times a year. Just 5% and 4% of respondents are livestreaming daily and monthly.

#3 Websites are the most popular livestreaming destination
66% of respondents are livestreaming worship services on their websites, slightly edging out social media platforms (64%) and mobile apps (28%). Our Livestream Enterprise and Premium worship customers have the ability to embed video players on their website to drive page views and traffic as well as enable donations through their Livestream account page. You can also simulcast to multiple platforms and promote your worship services with built-in social tools through the Livestream platform.

#4 Finding the right equipment to livestream is the biggest challenge
31% of respondents say finding the right equipment is their greatest challenge in livestreaming worship services, followed by reliable internet connectivity (28%), budget (27%) and training (14%). Larger churches may have a full production studio and crew but you only need a basic recording device and a laptop with a reliable internet connection to get started. For a checklist of what you need, check out our how-to guide: “Spreading the Word: Livestreaming for Houses of Worship.”

Besides livestreaming worship services, you can also share the good news in other ways…
Consider other opportunities to connect with your community such as streaming to your overflow rooms, sharing your study sessions, as well as celebrations like weddings, first communions, or bar/bat mitzvahs.

Find out how other houses of worship like Champions Centre Church and The Crossing Church are livestreaming worship services and impacting lives by increasing their physical and online attendances, as well as online contributions.


Watch our video below to learn:

  • What equipment you need to start streaming
  • Tips to increase page views and traffic to your stream
  • Best practices from three houses of worship

This Week on Livestream | October 16, 2017

Watch live as singer, songwriter, and activist Billy Bragg honors Woodie Guthrie, Gabrielle Union stops at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee raises money for Puerto Rico.


Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile (Sea Lice By The Seaside) | Pitchfork Live
Monday, October 16
2 PM ET
“Philly country-psych zen master Kurt Vile and Australian indie-rock orator Courtney Barnett are at once an odd couple and a perfect union—not so much a mirror image of one another as a negative exposure.”

Amy Tan | Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir | Author Event
Tuesday, October 17
7:30 PM ET
Where the Past Begins is a memoir of Amy Tan’s life, art, and deeply personal inspirations that frame her fiction.”

Remembering Woody: An Evening with Billy Dragg and Friends | The Greene Space
Tuesday, October 17
7:30 PM ET
“Join singer, songwriter and activist Billy Bragg and special guests for an evening commemorating the 50th anniversary of folk music icon Woody Guthrie’s death.”

Gabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour | Author Events
Thursday, October 19
7:30 PM ET
“Gabrielle Union’s new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine, is an intimate, urgent collection of essays about race, bullying, competition between women in Hollywood, and her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault.”

40 Years of Cosmic Discovery: Celebrating the Voyager Missions and Humanity’s Message to Space | Cornell Alumni
Thursday, October 19
8 PM ET
“Only one human-touched object has ever entered interstellar space: NASA’s Voyager 1, bearing with it greetings to extraterrestrials in the form of a Golden Record. Cornell will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Voyagers 1 and 2 and the university’s central role in the missions.”

Vitaly Bulgarov Live & Uncut: Designing for Films, Games & Real-World Robotic | Gnomon
Friday, October 20
10 PM ET
“Join Gnomon School of VFX to learn about the career path of Vitaly Bulgarov, hear his personal insights, and get meaningful answers to your very own questions.”

Boston for Puerto Rico | Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Saturday, October 21
1 PM ET
“Students from all departments of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will be performing in a benefit concert to raise money for hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico. All proceeds will be donated to Unidos por Puerto Rico.”

Sexual Assault Crisis Center | Shall We Dance 2017
Saturday, October 21
8 PM ET
“Shall We Dance is an uplifting and entertaining event that increases awareness about sexual assault while helping the Sexual Assault Crisis Center.”

Harold in Italy | Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, October 21
8 PM ET
“On a program with DSO Principal musicians as featured soloists, Eric Nowlin performs the music depicting the melancholy traveler Harold, and Wei Yu returns as a soloist for Elgar’s Cello Concerto.”