Five Ways to Strengthen Your Church in 2017

It’s the start of a new year and thoughts turn to eating better, getting more organized, or even reconnecting with old friends. But within your New Year’s resolutions, are you considering the health of your church?

Why Church Services Should be Live Streamed

There’s a persistent myth about church live streaming that needs to be put to rest: The idea that once you go live online, your members will stop coming to the services. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t have statistics; I can only give you my experience with the hundreds of churches we’ve worked with around the world.

By Phil Cooke

Over and over, as we help churches live stream their services, the actual Sunday attendance in the building goes up. In other words, putting your services out there online for others to see actually draws more to the Sunday service.

There are plenty of amazing live stream stories. I was speaking at a pastor’s conference in Oklahoma this year and met one pastor who preaches to 700 people in his congregation. But his live stream is viewed by an average of 10,000 people each week.

We worked with a large church in the Southeast who actually gets as much as one-third of its total income from the live stream audience. In fact, one Sunday, the pastor called me, excited to share that the previous Sunday, the church received more donations online than the congregation gave in the offering plate. That’s unusual, but it does happen.

Think for a minute about former members of your church who have moved but would like to stay in touch. Students who have left for college, business people in the congregation who travel. Missionaries you support. I can tell you that whenever my wife and I are on the road on a Sunday morning, she always opens up the laptop and watches the live-streamed service from our church.

The bottom line: There are millions of people outside the walls of your church who need to hear your message. Certainly you won’t reach all of them with your online service, but the fact is, if you’re holding back from doing a live stream, you won’t reach anyone beyond those walls.

If you’re a pastor or church leader interested in live streaming, ask any questions in the comment box, or contact our team. We want to see your message reach as many people as possible, and a live stream is a relatively inexpensive and effective way to make that happen.

Phil Cooke has produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world.


Keys to Renewing Evangelistic Growth in the Local Church

“What can we do to help the churches in our state become more evangelistic?”

“We need more good evangelism programs. Why aren’t you providing them?”

“Why are we reaching fewer unchurched people than we used to?”

Five Reasons a Christmas Eve Service Reaches the Unchurched

It is likely the single day of the year more unchurched decide to visit a church.

Leadership Playground Holds Virtual Summit Dedicated to Faith-Centered Entrepreneurship

The Leadership Playground, a leadership development agency, will host its first annual FaithPrint Virtual Summit, free of charge to participants, on December 19 – 23, 2016 from 8:00am-7:30pm. Hosted by the company’s CEO, Philonda Johnson, the goal of the summit is to provide innovative ideas and best practices to new Christian entrepreneurs as they craft strategic blueprints for how to run their businesses God’s Way.

‘GPS Jesus’ Program Enters Tenth Year

Since 2006, BrickHouse Security, an industry leader in security and surveillance solutions, has offered free GPS trackers to churches and nonprofits to monitor their nativity scenes. Now, after a decade of results, the company is looking to expand the program to more affected areas.

Selecting and Leading Church Elders

I have been blessed to serve with the best board members and key leaders I know, truly extraordinary men and women, but not everyone is as fortunate.

5 Easy Ways to Multiply Joy in the People Around You

I smell fear when I walk outside these days. And I hear discouragement. We’re all in a mess over the election and the dawning realization that the culture wars are shredding the United States.

Making Prayer a Priority in Children’s Ministry

In the busyness of children’s ministry, it’s easy to forget what matters most and makes the biggest impact—prayer.

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