WebCasting | Live Streaming For / From Houses of Worship
In the Bible the word cast is ubiquitous and has many connotations: To cite a few for educational and fun purposes: “about,” “away,” “down,” “forth,” “in,” “into,” “off,” “out,” “up,” “upon.”
I am introducing to you a new meaning of the word. In essence, WebCasting means “broadcasting” over the Internet. Further, it is a media presentation that is distributed over the Internet to many simultaneous viewers/listeners on any number of platforms.
Where to worship? Anywhere!
For as long as religion has been around there have been places to worship. They range from Buddhist or Hindu temples, mosques, synagogues, and churches. You may even worship from home! There are those who devote an area where silence is indeed golden; an area dedicated to prayer or meditation.
Perhaps you’re simply a kind person, a good person, without much effort. Perhaps you are the type of person who is kind to waiters and waitresses and make the sad, often ignored, cashier at the local Walmart smile by seeming to care.
You are genuine!
I will venture to say, that we all need validation.
We can all agree that experiences are more precious and more powerful when shared with others.
There is something to be said about the old adage –
“There is always strength in numbers.”
Where am I going with this?
Allow me another quote (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12):
I dare say it is a cogent argument to convince everyone to worship together with one’s community, family, and friends.
Now, imagine those seats being filled by people all over the country or the world as they cross cultural barriers and religious or spiritual affiliations?
The possibilities are endless, as are the immeasurable ways to impact the lives of people.
All of us are endowed, as it were, with the capability to participate in an event from a different physical location than where the event is taking place.
It is conducive to a great feeling – one of being an integral part of what is happening elsewhere and offers a real connection, in real time, with real people.
I offer this as an example to illustrate the benefits of Live Streaming in a church or any other House of Worship. How can WebCasting benefit the congregation, the following, of an iman, priest, pastor, rabbi et al.
A Sermon Live Streamed can reach as many people as your imagination can fathom.
They are given the opportunity to tune in live, record and save the link (which is viewable at a later date), watch it multiple times, or share it on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc..
Am going out on a limb here, but I can envision all sorts of unorthodox (no pun intended) events. A devoted person can establish a mobile church of sorts. He/she can commit to delivering the sermon weekly to anyone unable or perhaps not ready to commit to a church.
Live Streaming is the answer!
A House of Worship could, from a marketing standpoint, incorporate WebCasting with its other services. Congregants would be receptive, I believe.
Who wouldn’t want to have for posterity a record of these most treasured milestones in one’s life? I’m referring to weddings, baptisms, baby dedications, blessings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, other rituals, plays, recitals, etc.