Test everything you can. Test how your streaming provider interacts with Facebook or YouTube. Test how the stream goes to your website if you’re using something like Church Online Platform or FreeOnlineChurch.com
You can test your stream privately by sending it to a page or place that your congregation can’t see.
One thing our team has done, that might work for you, is create a Dummy Facebook Group. The only people in the group are your core team of testers.
You can set up your stream and Go Live to that Group to make sure everything functions the way you want it to.
Another idea, especially if you are testing a new system is to do a Live Stream Test that is Public.
Our team recently helped produce the graphics and video for Easter Across America, which was a Livestreaming event that was going to millions of people.
Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS. He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of[twelve:thirty]media, serving churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching.