Live Streaming Basics for Parishes Workshop

Henry Wakefield (St. Matthew’s, Liverpool) and Jim Hughes (Christ Church, Manlius) review the basics of getting your parish up and running with live streaming services. They cover hardware and software approaches and introduce you to the basic terms of livestreaming.

Download slides: Live Streaming Basics for Parishes

Watch live streamed services from Jim’s church: Christ Church, Manlius on YouTube

Watch a live streamed service from Henry’s church: Shelly Banner’s Ordination at St. Matthew’s, Liverpool


Additional Resources

For Reflection by Parish Leaders

Hybrid Church – A Way Forward for Church Leaders (Episcopal Church Foundation)

General Tips

eFormation at Virginia Theological Seminary has brilliant Resources for Communities Online including hardware recommendations, Zoom and Facebook Live how-tos, and more!

How to “Go Live” at church in four easy steps (video) and other Live Streaming Resources from the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

Facebook groups to join for ideas and conversation about livestreaming

Live Streaming in the Diocese of CNY (brand-new group–idea for this came out of the October 7 workshop! Join in to continue the conversation.)

Zoom Faith

Episcopal Communicators

Church Communications 

Live Streaming

An inexpensive and portable live-streaming setup: Use a MEVO Camera to start live-streaming for under $900 with this guide prepared by the Diocese of Central New York

Livestreaming equipment: a host of possible setups, from the simple to the complex, gathered by the Diocese of Iowa

A Basic Primer on Manageable Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Parishes (Diocese of New York)

Helping Your Church Live Stream (Free ebook from PTZ optics, recommended by the folks who set up livestreaming at St. Matthew’s, Liverpool, email newsletter signup required)

Facebook Live

How to use Facebook Live


How to Broadcast with YouTube Live


Getting started with Zoom? Check out Smart Simple Digital’s “How to Use Zoom” video series.

Zoom Meeting Best Practices (webinar and resources from Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary)–great whether you’re brand-new to Zoom or ready to up your Zoom game!

How to Prevent Zoom-Bombing (Anti-Defamation League)

Zoom etiquette handout (resource created by M. Roman of St. John’s, Ithaca)


U.S. copyright issues related to live streaming music (guidelines from The Episcopal Church)

Information about Copyright Licenses and Streaming (from Caffeinated Church, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado)

This post was last updated July 27, 2021. 

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