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A year (and a bit) in the life of NewSpring's first Web pastor

How critical is livestreaming for an iCampus?

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Live worship was the starting point for the icampus conversation here at NewSpring. In fact, we referred to our online initiative as “NewSpringLive.” But our plan, for now, does not include live streaming of the worship and message — at least for the alpha launch this January.

Instead, we would splice pre-recorded video segments for our online attenders into a recording of the NewSpring 9:15 a.m. service, which would rendered for streaming at 6 p.m.

The “NewSpring Live” concept would be based, then, on the availability of live pastoral help, and the opportunity for live chat among attenders of the online service.

The reason we’re leaning away from live is simple: Our early research suggested it would be prohibitively expensive. That’s based on the cost of streaming infrastructure and the equipment needed to “cut-in” live segments, which we feel are critical for speaking directly to our online attenders, and to removing such things as the Anderson-specific service announcements.

This week, we decided to take a second look at whether we can accomplish our original vision using a hosted live video streaming service such as Mogulus. I’ll post next week about whether our testing of the service meets our standards of excellence.

If your church is live streaming, how do you do it, and how happy are you and why?

Do you think that attendance to the Internet campus would suffer if the worship and message weren’t streamed live?

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Written by NickCharalambous

November 13, 2008 at 11:49 pm

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