This Maryland church widened their reach when they invested in live streaming equipment. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Redland Baptist Church had no online video presence. When Volunteer IT Coordinator Matt Jenkins purchased new equipment he needed for online live streaming, he and his team opened a new door for online viewers to attend their services.

“We have seen attendance during services grow from local in-person attendance to multiple attendees from outside of the US regularly attending our services via the online stream,” Jenkin says.

He and his team worked to build a budget-managed design for their first streaming studio. They had considered other packages and options, but designing their own set turned out to be the best solution to their needs.

Redland Baptist Church’s team manages camera feeds and sound from their remote studio space.

“Each church does need to adapt to both budget and expectations in this process,” Jenkins advises. While other churches can learn from their path, Jenkins assures that churches can still build a working package without copying Redland’s exact item list.

Redland Baptist Church’s team manages camera feeds and sound from their remote studio space.

Redland Baptist Church’s team manages camera feeds and sound from their remote studio space.

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Some of the specific live streaming equipment Redland’s team purchased to increase their production capabilities include:

Canon VIXIA HF G50 4K30P Camcorder

One addition Jenkins would have liked to have are PTZ cameras. These would rather be a future purchase to make as their budget allows.

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What had initially been a plan to upgrade their website and reach attendees who couldn’t come to services in person became an avenue for church-goers from around the world to connect with Redland Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland.

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Has your church going online with services for the first time recently? What’s the most valued piece of gear that you acquired to make it happen?