How to Take Your Church Online in under 24 Hours

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With today’s challenges, churches shouldn’t wait to get their giving and services online. It could mean the difference between being able to serve your community during difficult days and shutting your doors for good. But that doesn’t mean you have to feel afraid. Faithlife is offering a number of free and low-cost tools to help you take your church online during this crisis.

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Step 1: Create a Free, Private Online Community for Your Church

Stay connected even when you can’t gather together in person.

By creating a Faithlife group, you give your church a way to stay up to date with church announcements and prayer requests, engage small groups, communicate one on one, distribute sermon recordings, and much more. It’s totally free, and it’s the first step to taking your church online during this crisis.

Follow the link below to find or create your church group, then complete the steps in the dashboard.

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Bonus: Get Your Church A Digital Library

Since this is such a key time for churches like yours, we're offering a Digital Church Library from Logos for everyone in your church. Get it for free now and your whole church will have access through June 30, 2020. Each person in your church only needs one login to access edifying books, theology courses, and more.

There is no credit card required to get access to this library. Simply sign your church up for a church group below, follow the steps to check out with the library for free, and invite your members and attendees to join your group.

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Step 2: Enable Your Congregation to Give Online

Start worry free with no subscription fee for six months.

With the economic downturn on top of not being able to gather, many churches are planning now for a decrease in giving. For some churches, half of their offerings came from cash or checks dropped into the plate on Sunday mornings. Still, some churches are seeing financial growth in this time—and they’re the ones who are all in on online giving. None of us knows how the coronavirus crisis will affect churches long term, but for now, we’re here to help you plan ahead.

Faithlife Giving makes giving unbelievably easy for your givers. It’s so easy to activate, you can set it up Saturday night and start taking donations Sunday morning.

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To ease your church’s burden during this time, we’re waiving the monthly charge for our Premium giving service for six months. This ensures all churches get reduced processing fees, regardless of giving volume. Additionally, givers have the option to cover transaction fees with each offering, bringing your church’s cost down to $0.

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Step 3: Record, Publish, and Stream Your Service

These free and low-cost options get you started in no time.

No one knows when some churches will be able to meet in person again, and even when they do, you may find that you’ve been sharing the good news with people you’d never be able to reach otherwise. That’s why having a reliable way to stream your service isn’t optional.

There are two simple ways to put your service online: live streaming (best) or prerecording and publishing your sermon online afterward.

Faithlife has free and low-cost tools for both methods, so you can choose what works best for your congregation:

Free Trial: Live Stream Your Service

We’ve just launched the beta for Faithlife Live Stream! It’s easy to use and even gives you the ability to provide live chat with the congregation. Even better, viewers can give right where they’re watching with convenient Faithlife Giving integration.

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Free: publish your sermon recordings online

If you are already recording audio and video for your services, just upload the file to sermons.faithlife.com and give your church the link. It’s that simple. They can then watch from any device, anytime.

Click the button below and sign in.

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Low-cost: record and edit sermon presentations and audio

Faithlife Proclaim is church presentation software with the ability to automatically record, edit, and publish your sermon, slides, and audio.

Get started by downloading Proclaim, and get 30 days free.

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Free: publish video to your church’s streaming TV channel

Your members can access your church’s Faithlife TV streaming video channel at faithlifetv.com or on Faithlife TV apps. If you’ve uploaded your recordings using Sermons or Proclaim, they will already show up in your church’s channel.

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Step 4: Update Your Website

Your website is the digital front door to your church. It’s necessary now more than ever.

If you’ve already got a church website, you’ll want to make sure everything is updated, such as service times, location (where you’re meeting online), contact info, a giving link, and ways for people to get involved. Many churches also have pages explaining how people can serve or ask for help during the coronavirus crisis.

If you don’t have a church website, you can have a free, professional website in as little as an hour. See how Faithlife Sites makes it easy to build an elegant church website that updates itself.

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