Church Online Team

We’re so happy to have you a part of SCC’s Church Online team!

We exist to love God and love people! More than anything, we want to make people feel welcome, CHAT A LOT especially at the beginning and ending (even if no one is chatting back :), and help lead people to a next step. If you have ANY questions as you’re preparing or as you’re doing it live, please text Julie at (970-819-1780). 

youtube team

Please watch the following example of a past message for some ideas and tips! (Be sure to OPEN the “Show Chat Replay” on the right hand side.

YouTube sample

Logging on

  • Use a computer so that you can turn on the chat on the right hand side. You will need to login (your gmail or google account works) or create a login. Be sure to get this set up by the Friday before you serve so you’re ready to go – and if you have any questions about this part let us know!
  • It’s best if your login name is your actual name, so that you’re easily identified.

Facebook team

Please watch the following example of a past message for some ideas and tips! The chat is already “done” so you’ll see 46 comments that were made throughout the experience.

Facebook sample

Logging on

  • You can use a computer or phone, as the chat shows up on both!
  • It’s best if your login name is your actual name, so that you’re easily identified.

CHATTING TIPS

Love God, love people!

  • Be ready to “chat” 15 minutes early. There will be a 15 minute countdown, and the livestream will appear on Facebook and YouTube 15 minutes early. Post a welcome message when you get on, even if no one else is there yet – like “Hey thanks for being here! My name is <> and I’m on SCC’s Church Online Team, and I’m so glad you’re here with us!”  (Change this up so you’re not posting the same thing as your teammate).
  • If there’s two of you hosting the event, you can chat with each other – that usually engages other people to join in. But when someone else comments, stop chatting with your friend 🙂
  • Envision the guests as real people. When you can see them as friends or family members it will help you communicate naturally, lovingly and respectfully which will draw them in.
  • Use normal language for believers and non-believers. Recognize that Church online is perfect for people to check out church for the first time, so we want to make sure they feel comfortable and that they can easily fit in. Avoid terms or phrases that would exclude a newcomer.
  • If people aren’t engaging, just keep at it and have fun! Ask questions, talk about Steamboat, last week’s message, what it means to you, etc. and encourage engagement until people start joining in.
  • To increase engagement, you can ask “Hey let us know who is here?” And when someone comments, welcome them right away with “Hi Carol!” “Thanks for being here Joe!” Welcome EVERY person that comments. You can also ask “How long have you been a part of SCC?” “What’s been your favorite part about church online?” Avoid questions about the weather or Netflix or anything unrelated to what’s about to happen.
  • Some of the video content may be funny and engaging – you don’t have to comment on the content but you can if you like. It might be more interesting to have side conversations about the questions above. We want the viewer to be the “hero” so to speak, so avoid making comments about how “good” so-n-so is on the screen.
  • We always want to make a big push to invite someone to watch with the viewer. Quick comments like this are good: “Hey invite someone to watch with you! http://steamboat.church” (be sure to include the http:// or if won’t be a real link)
  • Feel free to comment throughout the opening and the songs, as people jump on, however, when the message begins, you may want to limit comments. But you can feel free to quote the big points! Avoid comments like “Amen” or churchy words that would exclude someone just checking it out.
  • At the end you will have just a quick minute to say goodbye and thanks for coming, etc. – you can say “Thanks for being here – we love you all and hope to see you next week!” “Let us know how we can help you and your family!” “Need prayer? Visit http://steamboat.church/prayer  Need help? Visit  http://steamboat.church/help”  When the video is “over” the chat will close as well (on YouTube)
  • You can also post your own prayer at the end if you feel comfortable – pray for the people who watched, ask God to continue to speak to them this week, etc. You might have this typed out ahead of time so you can just paste it into the chat. 

Links to post

Quick Links & Language (You can cut and paste! And feel free to post them multiple times when appropriate)

  • If you’re new with us we would love to send you a gift! Visit http://steamboat.church/new.
  • All of our weekend information can be found at http://steamboat.church/welcome (this is also where the QR code that is referred to during the service goes)
  • If you’e STUCK, we would love to pray for you – let us know how we can pray at http://steamboat.church/prayer
  • If you need any sort of help, we are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at http://steamboat.church/help
  • If you’re looking to give or tithe, visit http://steamboat.church/giving
  • Take notes during the message today at http://steamboat.church/notes. You can email yourself after!
  • Watch past messages at http://steamboat.church/messages
  • We would love to see you at our next JED Talks Tuesday, May 11th – register at http://steamboat.church/jed 
  • Baptism is happening May 1st-2nd! Register for more info http://steamboat.church/baptism
  • Parenting can be hard! The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. Register your baby or child for Child Dedication Mother’s Day weekend – May 8th-9th at http://steamboat.church/child
  • If you’re new or newish and local, we would LOVE to meet you at our Welcome Party April 24th-25th in person! Register at http://steamboat.church/party
  • Invite someone to watch with you! http://steamboat.church