Dwelling Place Church Expands Reach to Online Audiences with LiveU Solo
Dwelling Place Church brings together worshipers from different backgrounds to share the message of hope with their congregation. The house of worship has turned to live streaming technology to expand their message and reach beyond the walls of the church. As the church started streaming weekly services, the media team quickly realized they needed a more robust solution since they experienced network maintenance issues during their live streams. After an introduction to LiveU Solo and its cloud-based workflow, the team swapped out streaming solutions and were happy with the results.
“The church hasn’t seen any issues and the streams have been ‘unbreakable,’ says John Hettinger, Dwelling Place Church Media Director. “LiveU was the easiest introductory technology to get the church into cellular bonding.”
The church uses LiveU Solo for weekly services and large conferences. The streams typically reach thousands of people weekly and special events reach upward of 25K. “Live streaming has helped us connect with worshipers outside Houston and partner with other churches and religious organizations across the world,” noted Hettinger.
Reaching Homebound Members
Every church has them: once-active church members that are now home bound (primarily older adults and their caregivers). With reduced involvement in the church, these members are largely unknown to most of the congregation and may feel forgotten, ignored, or misunderstood. “LiveU Solo has brought the church to these members. The ability to view and participate in the service has really strengthened their faith,” states Hettinger
Live Streaming for Education
The media team also uses Solo to live stream pastoral training and to educate other churches about live streaming technology. “For other congregations, the biggest hurdle is knowing how to go live and utilizing all the social media platforms,” notes Hettinger. “So far, audiences have been impressed by the quality of the live streams and other production people cannot believe that cellular bonding is attainable.”
“Audiences respond to true live opposed to simulated live,” says Hettinger. “When the Church hosts a live stream, it gives them more of a chance to interact with the audience as opposed to just watching it afterwards from home. A well-known guest speaker was featured in a recent live stream and boosted weekly viewership from 1K to 20K on Facebook Live, proving that LIVE makes things more interactive in real-time.”
In the future, The Dwelling Place Church plans to use Solo at International Conferences where churches and pastors from around the world come together to worship together. Organizers expect a big in-person turnout and an even bigger turnout online. Live streams are also in the works at other destination conferences in locations such as Paris and Tokyo. “With the Solo making the church’s productions easier, there are so many opportunities to broaden the worship spectrum,” concludes Hettinger.