How to Take Your Church Online in under 24 Hours

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As your church responds to COVID-19, social distancing is wise. But that doesn’t mean your church has to feel apart. 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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Get LIVE HELP from our Church Support Center, 7 days a week. Our team is ready to help you set up the tech that will take your church online.

Ready to get started now? Call (888) 634-2038 or scroll down for more quick tips.

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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Step 2: Enable Your Congregation to Give Online

Start worry free with no subscription fee for six months.

For many churches, half of their offerings still come from cash or checks dropped into the plate on Sunday mornings. Some churches are concerned their income will quickly dry up if they cannot successfully find an alternative in the next few days. Although we don’t yet know the impact the current crisis will have on financial contributions to churches, we want to help you plan ahead.

Faithlife Giving is so easy to set up, 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 Sermons or Services

These free options will get you started in no time.

No one knows when some churches will be able to meet in person again, which has many leaders scrambling to release their services digitally.

Prerecording and publishing your sermon online or via TV streaming is the simplest way to provide an error-free, at-home worship service for your congregation.

Faithlife has free and low-cost tools to get you through this season:

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.

Learn more and start a 30-day free trial.

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: Reach Your Congregation Regardless of the Tech They Use

Access from a computer, mobile device, or living room TV.

Whatever solution you choose to bring your church online, your number one priority must be to make it easy to access—whether they’re tech-savvy or not.

The content you create with these tools can be accessed easily on any device with a browser, whether a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Recorded sermons and videos can also be accessed via your church’s streaming TV channel at faithlifetv.com, through Apple TV and Roku, or via Faithlife TV apps available for iOS and Android devices. You and your members can also install a Faithlife app on your mobile devices for on-the-go access to your church group.

Please know that our team is committed to helping you and your congregation continue to worship, pray, and learn together even if you can’t meet in person. Never hesitate to reach out if you need assistance.

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Q&A Webinars with Church Tech Experts

Get real-time answers to all your questions on how to do church online or check out the most frequently asked questions here.

Upcoming Live Training Webinars

Wednesday, April 8 - How to Set Up Your Website with Faithlife Sites | Register now

  • Learn how to get your Faithlife site set up and activated. This webinar will also provide an overview of different integrations with other Faithlife products to your site.

Thursday, April 9 - How to Set Up Faithlife Giving and Start Receiving Gifts | Register now

  • Learn how to activate Faithlife Giving and spread the word about your ability to receive gifts via online, mobile, and text to give. This webinar will also provide an overview of giving statements, recording offline gifts, staying in touch with your givers, and adding a “Give” button to your website.

Thursday, April 9 - How to Share Logos Bible Study Resources with Your Church | Register now

  • With your Faithlife Equip subscription, your church congregation has access to more than 300 Bible study resources and a premier pastoral library. Learn how to use these tools, share Bible study resources with your church, and much more!

Webinar Recordings

How to Activate Online Giving Today | Watch here

  • Learn how you can set up online giving for your church and activate your congregation to give online today.

How to Record & Publish Sermons Online | Watch here

  • Learn how to stream or prerecord your sermon and share it with your congregation on your website, social platforms, and even through a custom Faithlife TV channel for your church.

How to Set Up Faithlife Live Stream for Your Ministry | Watch here

  • Learn how to set up a live stream, overlay lyric and sermon slides, and watch on Faithlife TV.

How to Set Up Faithlife Giving and Start Receiving Gifts | Watch here

  • Learn how to activate Faithlife Giving and spread the word about your ability to receive gifts via online, mobile, and text to give. This webinar will also provide an overview of giving statements, recording offline gifts, staying in touch with your givers, and adding a “Give” button to your website.

How to organize Your Ministry and Discipleship with Faithlife Groups | Watch here

  • Learn about how to create groups for your church or ministry and build out groups for all of your ministries and small groups. You’ll also learn about the Faithlife features that can help you stay connected.

How to Build a Professional Proclaim Presentation | Watch here

  • Learn all the steps you need to create a complete worship service presentation in Proclaim. This webinar will help you build professionally made presentation slides in Faithlife Proclaim for your Sunday service.

How to Set Up Your Website with Faithlife Sites | Watch here

  • Learn how to get your Faithlife site set up and activated. This webinar will also provide an overview of different integrations with other Faithlife products to your site.

How to Share Logos Bible Study Resources with Your Church | Watch here

  • With your Faithlife Equip subscription, your church congregation has access to more than 300 Bible study resources and a premier pastoral library. Learn how to use these tools, share Bible study resources with your church, and much more!

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