Virtual Ministry Resources
Your ministry can and should continue through this season of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. Below are some resources to help you do so.
LIVE STREAMING SERVICES
Facebook Live: Click here for instructions and tips.
Instagram Live: Click here for instructions.
YouTube Live: Click here for instructions.
Outreach: Beginning March 20, Outreach Digital is offering a free solution for streaming your church services online, including chat, notes, and the Bible. This allows you to stream from your church's website without needing to use Facebook or other social media. Read more here.
Worship and Music Resources: Discipleship Ministries has compiled an incredible list of resources to help you with music and worship for livestreaming. Read more here.
United Methodist 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). Read more here.
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. Read more here.
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. Read more here.
The Passions of Jesus: The Western NC Conference developed this free, six-session, video-based study on the interconnectedness of Christ's passion for us, Christ's passion for others, and our passion reflected back, for Christ and for others. Participate as an individual, a family, or a class. Read more here.
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 Unafraid, Deep Blue Spring 2020, Adult Bible Studies Spring 2020 and selections from their Lent 2020 catalog. Read more here.
Cokesbury Kids: Cokesbury Kids is offering some of their content for free online, including Bible studies and at-home family-oriented worship services. Read more here.
Virtual Small Group Activities for Youth: We've compiled some activities that you can use to conduct virtual small group meetings:
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). The WNCC Office of Church Development is offering grants to help churches purchase a 3-month subscription to Zoom Pro. Read more here.
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. Read more here.
Microsoft: Microsoft is offering Teams for free. Teams is a collaboration tool with chat, video calling, personal and team file storage, and more. Read more here.
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. Read more here.