Note: This page will be updated as information and resources become available!
Worship Arts Reimagined Video
A general understanding of integrating worship arts in electronic mediums from basic to more advanced. The Connectional Music and Arts Ministry (CMAM) covers licensing worship planning teleconference meeting platform and streaming.
Youtube Video: Three Ways To LiveStream for Church by Pastor Dion Broughton
YouTube Video: How to LiveStream Your Message on Facebook Easily (Hill House Media Company)
Use Ecamm Live for a 4 Camera FB Live Set Up (Hill House Media Company)
Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill
www.hillhousemediacompany.com Visit the site and enter your email address
CME Zoom Rooms Training and Support
Join the Communication and Information Technology (CIT) Connectional Department in CME Zoom Rooms designed to provide virtual ministry training and support sessions on a variety of topics such as using Zoom, live streaming, online giving solutions, using G Suite and Microsoft Teams, and more. This is a great time for pastors and leaders to receive targeted how-to training to stay connected during COVID-19 and beyond. These sessions will be offered using Zoom and you can join by computer / mobile device (video conference) or telephone (audio conference).
CME Zoom sessions times and dates were sent out an announcement and will not be provided here.
GENERAL ONLINE RESOURCES
On behalf of the denomination, CIT has acquired free (and discounted) technology tools and resources from Google Suite, Microsoft, and Zoom. These partnerships were brokered through the CME Church’s partnership with TechSoup.
Google: Google is offering the enterprise version to G Suite for nonprofits. 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.
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has an enterprise G Suite for the denomination. If you are interested in a shared drive for your congregation and email address on <thecmechurch.org> domain, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for a form soon for local churches to fill out with the pertinent information to set up G Drives.
Read more here about Google for NonProfits,
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.
WhatsApp: WhatsApp is a freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook, Inc. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media. Sign up here for WhatsApp.
Platforms for Streaming
Three Ways To LiveStream for Church by Pastor Dion Broughton
How to LiveStream Your Message on Facebook Easily (Hill House Media Company)
Commonly used and widely accessible platforms for video-conferencing and live-streaming include Facebook Live, Google Hangout, Periscope, Skype, YouTube and Zoom.
VideoConference / Telephone Conference Calls
Zoom: Zoom combines video and audio conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one platform. Zoom meetings run on mobile and desktop devices and in hardware-equipped conference rooms. Imagine using Zoom for your training where you can present and share your screen!
Contact email@example.com for information about a Zoom license.
FreeConferenceCalls: Receive a FreeConferenceCall.com account instantly with just an e-mail and password. Once you sign up, you will be provided with a Dial-in Number and Access Code for immediate conferencing, and an Online Meeting ID for hosting meetings with Screen Sharing and Video Conferencing. Your account is available to you 24/7
and there is no need to schedule or make any reservations. Each audio conference can accommodate 1,000 callers on an unlimited number of free conference calls.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, FreeConferenceCall.com network capacity is being filled to capacity. Encourage participants using the service to dial in up to 30 minutes before the meeting.
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.
One License: One License is offering free licensing through April 15. They license hundred of music publishers, typically for hymnals, choral arrangements and other traditional music. 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.
Outreach: Beginning March 20, Outreach Digital is offering a free solution for streaming your church's services online, including chat, notes, and the Bible. This allows you to stream from your church's website without needing to use Facebook. Read more here.
Online Giving Solutions
Free Adobe Creative Cloud tools for Students K-12 and in Two and Four-Year Colleges