How To Stream Your Church Services On YouTube

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Church Live Streaming On YouTube

How do you set up a live stream on YouTube? To set up a live stream on YouTube, you need a YouTube account, a camera, a computer, and encoding software. The encoding software prepares the video for streaming. The computer does not require any special hardware unless you plan to use multiple cameras, in which case you may need a video switcher. After you finish setting up the equipment, you can create a live stream event using YouTube Live and begin streaming your church services.

Enable Live streaming on Your YouTube Account

If you want to live stream your church services on YouTube Live, you need a YouTube account. When this service was first launched, you needed to have 1,000 subscribers to your YouTube channel. YouTube has since removed this requirement and opened live streaming to everyone.

To enable live streaming, visit your YouTube account. Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner of the screen, and select the “Creator Studio” button.

On the sidebar that appears on the left side of the screen, select “Live Streaming. ”  If this is the first time visiting the live streaming section, you should see a welcome screen that walks you through the process of setting up your first stream.

During this initial setup, you need to provide a phone number to verify your identity. If your account is in good standing and the number is verified, you should be taken to the YouTube Live dashboard. The dashboard is where you will create your live streams and check your settings.

There is also a checklist to ensure that you have everything set up properly. YouTube wants to verify that you have encoding software installed and understand the various settings and options available for your live streams.

Setup Your Equipment for Quality Live Streaming

The next step is to set up your computer equipment, cameras, and sound equipment. For the most basic YouTube live stream, you can simply use a webcam on your computer or laptop. However, this may not provide the clearest video or the best sound.

If you want HD video, you can connect a camcorder to your computer. Many modern HD camcorders include USB, HDMI, or DVI connections. Always check the video ports on the back of your computer to ensure that the camcorder you select is compatible with your computer.

Another option is to use a video switcher to connect multiple cameras to your computer. A video switcher includes multiple inputs for connecting cameras and may even include inputs for connecting your sound system.

With a video switcher, you can instantly switch between different camera feeds to give your audience different perspectives. Only a single video feed is sent from the switcher to your computer.

If you already have a church PA sound system, it is possible to connect your sound system to your computer or a video switcher. You can run the master mix from one of the auxiliary outputs on the mixer to the inputs on your sound card or the switcher.

The exact setup that you choose may depend on the size of your church and whether you want your broadcast to look like a professional production. If you want the best video and sound, consider investing in a video switcher and a high-end laptop for delivering HD video and audio to YouTube. Or you can sign up with a church live streaming service.

Besides the cameras and audio equipment, you need encoding software for your computer. There are several free options, including Open Broadcast Software, which is an open-source encoder.

When you create your live stream, you will use the software to start and stop the stream. The encoder is also responsible for detecting your video and audio devices.

Create Your Livestream Event and Let People Know

When you use YouTube Live to stream a church service, you need to create an event in your YouTube Live dashboard. If you are creating your first event, YouTube will walk you through a checklist of steps, starting with setting up your encoding software on your computer.

There are many different settings and options to consider as you create your event. For example, you can choose to turn chat on or off. If you leave the chat feature on, people can leave comments while watching your live stream.

YouTube also provides you with an information box for editing the details of your event. You need to include a title, event description, category, and privacy settings.

The title and description help people to find your live stream. Try to be descriptive. For the title, you may want to include the date and the name of your church. In the description, you can include the topic of the sermon or any other relevant info that may help draw in more viewers.

For your first live stream, it is a good idea to test your connection. Instead of waiting for an actual church service, you can create a private live stream to ensure that your equipment is properly connected.

Open your encoding software, and choose your video and audio input sources. You should then see a preview of the live feed in the encoding software. Some software also allows you to edit the feed. For example, you may want to adjust the brightness or contrast to create a clearer picture.

During this preview, you should check the position of the cameras and the sound levels to ensure that you are happy with the quality of the stream. With these steps completed, you should be ready for your first live public stream.


You need several components to live stream your church services on YouTube Live. Besides a YouTube account, you need a camera to record the services. While a webcam can stream the services, an HD camcorder will provide a clearer picture. You can even connect multiple cameras and your church sound system using a video switcher.

You also need a computer with encoding software installed. You can use free or paid encoding software. The paid software tends to include extra settings, such as color correction. After getting everything set up, you can create live events and share the link with your parishioners and spread the word through social media.

This article was originally published on Easy Church Tech and is used with permission.

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