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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Share this fraud prevent reminder

Last year the Desert Southwest Conference set up an anonymous hotline for reporting criminal activities such as financial fraud or sexual abuse in our churches. Each church received custom magnets with the hotline information. This summer remind your church and staff...

Using the Acapella App to make a collaborative song recording

By David Topping At Song of Life UMC in Queen Creek, the "praise band" (including instruments and singers) is named Leap of Faith. Once the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for the group to practice, perform, or record in the same physical space, we made a "leap...

Need some help to start a virtual choir?

Check out the newest webinar offerings available to Desert Southwest Conference churches. From communication and file coordination to video and audio software, this month is packed with training videos, webinars, and articles that will help your church create its own...

Training: YouTube for Churches

Is your church live streaming on YouTube already? Do you need some guidance on best practices or how to increase your online reach? Don't miss the three-week training series "YouTube for Churches" by Glade Kynaston from Lakeview UMC via Zoom. Beginning on Wednesday,...

Webinar: How To Transition Live Stream from the Sanctuary For In-Person Worship

All churches preparing for the transition to in-person worship will benefit from this webinar. Justin Kennedy from Vimeo/Live Stream will provide guidance and answer questions about how to live stream in-person worship from the sanctuary. Topics that will be covered...

Adapting to changing communication needs

From UM Communications Lately, the church has undergone dramatic forced change. Watch a Zoom chat as leaders talk through early blindspots, skepticism and battles with unknown cables during this time of "screens not people." We talk with: Kristen from a large metro...

Want to subscribe to find out the latest?

Introducing The Bishop’s E-Lumination. Bishop Bob Hoshibata in collaboration with Christina Dillabough, Director of Communications for the Desert Southwest Conference, is publishing a bi-weekly news blast to share some quick notes and helpful information for our...

Does your church have a photo policy?

Ideas for ensuring photo use permission at your church events.  Some churches include a signature sheet at a registration desk for their event or include the photo release form in the registration materials for an event. Updating the church directory is a good time to...

Worship from home? You can do this!

Using your phone or laptop and a set of headphones with a mic attached, you can record and live stream your sermon. Find out how and watch a demo video of how easy it is.

Is Zoom safe?

“We take security extremely seriously at Zoom. We are always looking to ensure we are protecting our customers and creating a safe environment for all users. We updated our privacy policy the other day to reassure all customers of this commitment.” Jared Heidt, Zoom Account Executive-VAST

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

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