Thinking about online worship for your community?

Whether you pre-record your worship service and upload it to YouTube or plan to offer a live experience online, check out the many resources on this page and make sure to let your church community know about the worship changes and keep communicating updates regularly. Email your congregation, include information on your church newsletter, update the worship information on your phone message, and/or mail an invitation to try worship online. Be sure to include information about how to share prayer requests and continue to share financial gifts. During this time of the coronavirus considerations, include information about where to find accurate information.

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About Copyright Needs for Live Stream

Vimeo for Churches

The password for this video training is Vimeo&UMC

Using Zoom

Learn all about best practices for zoom in order to ensure the safety and security of your online gatherings.

Livestream Basics for Churches

In this video, Rev. David Valera and Patrick Scriven offer advice for churches that are considering online worship and identify some of the challenges along the way. Click on the button below to visit the web page from the Greater Northwest Area with links to the items mentioned in the video.

If you have questions about live streaming, equipment, licenses, and products, contact Christina Dillabough, Director of Communications at .

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Copyright Considerations

Useful information from Chalice Press about how to make sure you have the correct permissions – and permission to use Chalice Press-owned resources through Easter (April 12, 2020). The United Methodist Publishing House is granting permission to use and post online selected contents from the United Methodist Book of Worship.  ONE LICENSE  is also offering free copyright through April 15.

All DSC Churches have a copyright license by CCLI, but it DOES NOT cover live streaming music and lyrics. While we work to ensure proper licensing for our churches, please review what the basic CCLI license covers and upgrade your license as needed. Click on the green button below to find out more.

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Popular Channel Options

Click on the icons below to find step-by-step instructions about how to live stream through the following channels.

Success Stories

Vista de la Montana UMC shares their live streaming journey

About three years ago, Vista Church began Live Streaming its worship service. The worship services are not only Live Streamed but are recorded and stored on its web site so that people can come and join us in the worship of God any time of the week.

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Worship Online in 3 Days

Even out of concern for physical health, churches want to care for the spiritual health and connectedness of our congregations. Our church opted to provide online worship, a livestream of a worship service with volunteers and staff to our folks who were at home.

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Stories and Q&A on Facebook

The Western Jurisdiction has a closed FaceBook Group solely for the purpose of sharing with other local churches how your church set up equipment and services to take worship online and/or virtual, etc. Ask your questions and post your answers here.

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Online Churches

Find churches in the DSC already worshiping online 

Submit Liturgy

Share liturgy you have written that others can use for free use in worship.

Worship From Home Music

Thanks to First UMC, Yuma