“My View On Online Streaming VS Physical Church Service” – Stephen Olayinka

  and reverence to  have long been a fundamental part of human life, we (congregation) are the , not the physical buildings. Apostle Paul said, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from , and you are not your own?”  – I Corinthians  6:19 NKJV.


For over a decade many  across the globe have taken the step to stream their services online to expand their audience with the aid of internet, search engines such as  will have additional “focus words” to direct searches to live stream page, thereby making access to online  seamless. Many have a diversity of quality outputs based on a production standpoint but as a  wanting to move to live streaming, it is good to know some of the pros and cons.


  • Opportunity to extend beyond the locations of the  and can offer the viewing of  services live to people that cannot make it to .
  • People are much more likely to check out your  in person if they have gotten a chance to see what your service is like online.
  • Past teachings/preaching can be stored online or archived for playback.
  • Live streaming is a useful platform that creates  visibility.
    Chat room options allow conversations to happen in real time, giving your  the ability to have an “Online Pastor” to answer questions or continue conversations with people that are not present at your  for prayers/counselling.
  • The sick could receive the touch of  through ministration – Psalm 107:20 (NIV) “He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”


  • May lead to over dependence on online  that could end up potentially cannibalize attendance to services.
  • There is likelihood of not providing the same level of accountability as an in-person meeting in  service.
  • Tendency to limit the effectiveness of specialized ministries (kids, students, etc).
  • It could greatly limit the amount of serving opportunities for individuals hence discourage service to .
  • Non-attendance physically could limit an individual’s leadership development.
  [Music] Sammy Cee – Iyo (Joyful Noise)

Wherever we are, it is important to understand that  in ’s word and focus on Him is most important in getting connected spiritually, John 4: 24 (NIV) “ is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Note that location was not surfaced in the scripture above, it’s also imperative to strike the balance where you can attend  physically do not hold back… Hebrew 10: 25 (KJV) “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
It’s all about balance!  bless!

Lead Pastor, Watersprings  Centre

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