Category Archives: Preaching

Tips for Recording Sermons for Livestream, Facebook, and YouTube

With so many preachers now preaching to empty rooms while we are all maintaining distance during the COVID-19 pandemic I would like to share a few ideas to help you get up and running to record and stream your services to continue to get a weekly message from the Bible to your congregation.

Video – you really don’t need anything beyond an iphone 8. An iphone 10 or better is preferable but the quality of the cameras is sufficient for streaming. You really don’t need to spend money on a camera. Save your money for good audio. If you really want to get a good camera you are going to spend some money, again an unneccessary move, I would recommend a Canon 80D or any good DSLR that has a mic jack on it. Just like the iphone, internal mics on DSLR’s aren’t all that great.

You will want a smart phone tripod to keep your video steady. Here is one that will work great for under $15.

Audio – you will want a lapel mic. The best kind of cardoid but those are very hard to find for an iphone without spending a ton. So you are looking at an omnidirectional lapel/lav mic. I recommend the boya. It is around $20. If you want a mic mounted to your phone try this one. The only issue will be your distance from the mic.

If you want even better quality audio you don’t need to go big with something like an audio interface and crazy expensive mics. You can go this route for just under $300 with a Handy H4nPro with mics (use the cardoid – it picks up just the audio around the mic and not the room noise). These are fairly simple to use. Their mics are XLR and have higher quality sound. They record to an SD card. If you go this route and need help just comment below and I will walk you through any settings you may want to tweak.

For more info on this, check out this video I made on this a few weeks ago before I had any idea all of this would be needed! If you haven’t checked out the YouTube channel I hope you will try it out. And I am always open to ideas for videos so let me know what you think!

Once you have your equipment you will want to think through how to post it. Facebook livestream is easy to do. The only issue with it is, those not on facebook will have a hard time getting access to it. You can also upload your video to your church’s facebook page as native facebook content and have people share that on facebook. Again, that is all still within Facebook.

If you want to reach outside the Facebook crows, and many of your more elderly members won’t get to it on Facebook, consider starting a YouTube channel. I wish more churches did this anyway. Once you post to YouTube you can share that link on your church email lists.

For Bible class replacement you will want to consider using Zoom. There is a free version (that only goes 45 minutes per session) or you can pay around $14 a month to remove the restrictions. Very reasonable.

Preaching Tool Download – Keep Up With What Scriptures You Preach

We all have our favorite verses. If we aren’t careful those same scriptures will end up in our preaching and teaching over and over again. It was this realization and a desire to cover more of the Bible than I normally would that led me to track the scriptures I include in my sermons onContinue Reading

Preaching and Vision Casting: 5 Tips

This past Sunday I preached a sermon that was quite different for me and, I believe, quite different for the congregation. I presented information about our children’s ministry’s plan for updates and changes to our facility and their ministry in particular. In many ways it was vision casting with specific action items. Far too manyContinue Reading

The Power of Story Only Takes One So Far

Stories are powerful. They tap into the emotions a lot more quickly and effectively than raw data. Because they are both effective and efficient it is easy to rely on them too heavily. I have heard sermons that had many powerful stories in them but in the mix of the story telling I wasn’t reallyContinue Reading

Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 3 – Books on Preaching

There is a wealth of books on preaching out there these days that put the experts in the field right at our fingertips. Not only does a preacher need to be biblically informed. A preacher needs to be a decent to excellent communicator as well. We are not all gifted as expert communicators but IContinue Reading

Interview With Michael Heiser

Michael Heiser is the author of two recent books that have both been reviewed here on the site: The Unseen Realm & Supernatural. We recently recorded a conversation about how to get our eyes and ears more open to scripture. From that topic we launch into how our understanding of our spiritual identity is aContinue Reading

An “Aha” About God’s Love for Me from 1 John 1

I am not much of a self promoter so that is not what this is about at all but I feel compelled to share something here that I shared yesterday morning. Fast forward to 1:13:30. Just for some context on this – I don’t really like writing introductions to sermons because I always figure somethingContinue Reading

Exploring the First Century Church: Instruction & Teaching

The last post talked about the Bible proper. This post is going to be exploring how the early church went about making instructions and teaching from what they had. As was already mentioned, completed New Testaments took some time to be compiled, copied and circulated as a whole for the churches in the ancient world.Continue Reading

The Most Critical Question for Preaching and Teaching

The most critical question is not what illustration to use or how many points one needs in a sermon. It is not even about form and function…what form does the sermon need to take or what function does this sermon have in the life of the church. Before all of that the critical question inContinue Reading

Preaching Into a Meaningful Whole: Connecting Sermon with the Rest of Worship

The sermon is never complete until the last word is said and people stand and sing. No matter how much I prepare, study, and wrestle over what needs to be said or how to say it…the sermon is never done until it is done. In order to make the sermon fit better into the restContinue Reading

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