Snow pushes Dobson church to webcast service
    March 17 2010 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

    With six-year-old Daniel belting out a solo, and 10- and 12-year-old sisters, Lydia and Samantha working the technology, a church in Dobson aired its service online during inclement weather Jan. 31.

    “We had a great day,” said Andy Atkins, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church. “It blew us away.”

    Expecting 10 to 15 people to log in to view the service, the church instead had 65.

    “We were amazed,” Atkins said.

    Figuring most log-ins had at least two people watching, Atkins estimates 130-140 people were able to view services that Sunday.

    “And it was free,” said Atkins. “That was the best thing.”

    Atkins not only preached but he played the piano as he led his family — wife, Tracy, and three children — along with a neighbor from across the street, in worship.

    Atkins said the church had never tried livestream.com before but said it was easy to use.

    Despite a winter of bad weather, Jan. 31 was the first service Fairview cancelled. One Sunday they limited services to one, but with 30-plus inches of snow, “believe it or not,” they had not had to cancel before that day.

    The family rehearsed the day before to check equipment and options on livestream.com. Atkins said his mom and dad as well as some college students helped by watching and giving feedback about what was working and what wasn’t.

    “It turned out to be something big,” he said.

    Lydia has been running Mediashout at the church to display lyrics during worship services. She used those skills to display lyrics during the livestream.com feed. Samantha served as chat-room administrator.

    Atkins said the church uses call-em-all.com to notify church members of announcements, including letting members know where to log on to view the service Jan. 31. He knows not everyone has the ability to log on but Atkins indicated that it was nice to gather as much of his church family as he could even on a snowy, stay-off-the-roads day.   
    3/17/2010 9:21:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 1 comments




Comments
Joel Stephens
Way to go, Andy! Great idea.
3/21/2010 6:53:10 AM

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