While many churches have made (or been forced to make due to local civic mandates) the difficult decision to suspend in-person services, ministries and activities as we all do our part to help stave the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, our mission/Wildly Important Goal to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world has not changed. Our buildings may be temporarily closed, but the church in the world is very much open and reaching out. We just have to consider and try new and creative methods, procedures and technologies to do that.

 

The technology that is readily available today makes it pretty easy to stay connected and engaged with our church and community. However, if you are unsure how to get started or fear you need a bunch of expensive equipment or a PhD is broadcasting, the CTC Communications team has resources and experience to get you rolling quickly and easily. Please feel free to reach out to any or all of the team for assistance.


Have Media Request or Communications Question?

Please reach out to Vance Morton, CTC Director of Communications & IT for all media requests and other communication questions.

Web & Social Media Questions? 

Please contact Bradley Alexander, CTC Web Engagement & Social Media Strategist, for immediate web or social media questions.

Video and Digital Media Questions?

Please reach out to Dustin Kaps, CTC Videographer & Digital Media Specialist, for all video and digital/electronic media questions.


LIVE STREAMING SERVICES


Facebook 

Click here for a step-by-step process from CTC Communications.

Another resource is available here.

Instagram 

Click here for instructions and tips

YouTube 

Click here for instructions and tips

Outreach

Outreach is offering free live-streaming on your church website beginning March 20th. 

 


ONLINE WORSHIP LICENSES

Please NOTE: A streaming license is not required if you don't employ any music or other non-original media content in your service. 

UM Book of Worship

The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is granting permission to use and post online selected contents from the United Methodist Book of Worship (BOW).

One License

One License is offering free licensing through April 15. They license hundred of music publishers, typically hymnals, choral arrangements and other traditional music, including our United Methodist Hymnal. You must have a Podcast / Streaming License to stream worship services that include music from their list of publishers. You can sign up for a new license or, if you already have an Annual Reprint License (only to print/project music or lyrics), you can add the Podcast / Streaming License to your account

CCLI

CCLI is proving a 10% discount to current customers who wish to add a Steaming License to their existing CCLI Copyright License. They provide licensing for most contemporary music publishers who produce what you hear on the radio. You must have a Streaming License to stream worship services that include music from their list of publishers.

CVLI

The CVLI Church Video License provides legal coverage for churches and other ministry organizations to show parts or all of motion pictures and other audiovisual programs intended for personal, private use only. The license provides a comprehensive copyright compliance solution.

 

 


DISCIPLESHIP & LEARNING


Bishop Teaching Sessions

Gather with your small group online or log-in individually and soak up the unique insights Bishop Mike Lowry provides on...
The Cross & Resurrection (2020)
Incarnation (2019)
Sin & Salvation (2019)
ACTing Boldly (2018)
Basic Christianity (2016)
Calvin vs. Wesley (2015)

Amplify Media

Amplify is a streaming service from UMPH/Cokesbury that offers resources for all ages. They offer a free 14--day trial for their full library, but everyone can view a limited library of free resources right now. Included are Adam Hamilton's UnafraidDeep Blue Spring 2020, Adult Bible Studies Spring 2020 and selections from their Lent 2020 catalog

Worship at Home 

Cokesbury Kids is offering free, online, at-home worship services for the whole family. Although the live event is over, you can still gather your family around the computer for a child-centered time of singing, praying and listening.

Virtual Small Groups for Youth

We've compiled some activities that you can use to conduct virtual small group meetings:

 


ADDITIONAL SERVICES


 

Zoom

Zoom is an online conferencing app for one-on-one or group video meetings. There is a free version, but it has limits (including a 40-minute maximum duration for calls). 

 

Free Zoom Backgrounds from Cokesbury

Google

Google is offering the enterprise version to G Suite and G Suite for Education users. This includes free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities like meetings with up to 250 participants per call and live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain.

Microsoft

Microsoft is offering Teams for free. Teams is a collaboration tool with chat, video calling, personal and team file storage, and more.

Slack

Slack is a collaboration app that already has a free version, but they are now offering webinars and one-on-one consultations to help you navigate your own transition to a remote workforce.