COVID-19 UPDATES  

Live-Streaming Pre-Recorded Content




A quick update on what we've learned about livestreaming pre-recorded content.. utilizing https://churchonlineplatform.com/ and https://castr.io/. Please feel free to ask questions and by all means comment if you've discovered other tools as well!

5:21 Here's the original video that brought me down this path... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xiBlbFQma4. For actual livestreaming, this is awesome if you're utilizing OBS. OBS only lets you send to one platform, so if you send it to castr.io you can send to multiple platforms.

6:23 In Premiere we used the H264 / Match-Source Medium Bitrate preset.. The Target is 3Mps, Max6Mbps.

7:26 I'd minimally recommend a Vimeo Plus account for $7/mo... https://vimeo.com/upgrade

9:11 The tutorials on how to get started and full documentation - https://support.online.church/article/7nf6z741sc-next-steps-to-getting-started

13:04 From the castr.io support pages... The interface they show may look different in Facebook, but the info is the same:
https://docs.castr.io/en/articles/2291811-simulcast-live-stream-to-facebook-rtmps-using-castr-io

13:10 And if you're going to Youtube... https://docs.castr.io/en/articles/2291756-how-to-find-my-youtube-stream-key

13:23 Here's the link to the producer page for Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/live/create


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UPDATE 3/26/20: Update from Supt. Mark Dean



Pastors, watch this encouraging word and important update from Supt. Mark Dean ^^^

Regarding yesterday's Executive Order from Governor Walz, know first of all that Pastors and church employees are considered essential workers and are exempted from the "Stay at Home" order for ministerial work purposes. That means you can still take care of ministerial duties and pre-record or live-stream service at your church if that cannot be done from home.

Here's a link to the Executive Order from Governor Walz: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6819018/EO-20-20-FINAL.pdf
In that document, first note the disclaimer at the bottom of page 4.. "These critical services exemptions apply only to travel to and from an individual’s home or residence and place of work and an individual’s performance of work duties that cannot be done at their homes or residence."
Then scroll to Page 8... Exemptions in the Critical Sector under v: "Faith leaders and workers. This category includes officials, workers, and leaders in houses of worship and other places of religious expression or fellowship, wherever their services may be needed. This category also includes workers necessary to plan, record, and distribute online or broadcast content to community members."

As a District Office, our physical location will be closed for the next two weeks from March 30-April 10, but we are carrying on with business as usual. Much of our team is working remotely, but you can still send mail, call, or email like you normally would. We're here to serve you, so please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions. And please be sure to follow us on social media as well. The links are at the bottom of this email.


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UPDATE 3/25/20: "Stay at Home" Order


Hey Pastors, We'll send an email tomorrow with an update and more details, but know you can still pre-record and live-stream services even with the new executive order if the recording can't be done from home.

Here's a link to the Executive Order from Governor Walz: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6819018/EO-20-20-FINAL.pdf

Scroll to Page 8... Exemptions in the Critical Sector under v.

"Faith leaders and workers. This category includes officials, workers, and leaders in houses of worship and other places of religious expression or fellowship, wherever their services may be needed. This category also includes workers necessary to plan, record, and distribute online or broadcast content to community members."

With the disclaimer at the bottom of page 4.. "These critical services exemptions apply only to travel to and from an individual’s home or residence and place of work and an individual’s performance of work duties that cannot be done at their homes or residence."


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UPDATE 3/20/20: Global Call to Prayer




Join our General Superintendent on Facebook Live today at noon for a global call to prayer.

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UPDATE 3/18/20: Tech Resources




Pastors, thinking of those of you with limited resources or tech people to help. I just had a couple of related thoughts I wanted to share as you prep for this upcoming weekend. Take a few minutes to watch...

Facebook Live is quite possibly the simplest solution out there. All you need is a cell phone or computer. There are a ton of great resources online for how to live-stream or share services with more gear... a simple Google or Youtube search and you'll find what you need.

If you're stuck, I encourage you to reach out to a church near you that has made it work for them. Partner with them or ask them what they've done. We have a great network of pastors ready to help each other out. Feel free to reach out to me or Steve as well - steve@mnaog.org or mreed@mnaog.org.

The link I mention:
https://churchonlineplatform.com/ AND how to utilize that platform for pre-recorded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUbt5MFiVH0

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UPDATE 3/17/20: DC Postponed, EQUIP Cancelled




Don't miss an encouraging message from Supt. Mark Dean in the video above. It's a timely word for all of our Minnesota pastors!

To highlight some details covered in the video:

Per President Trump's request, we ask all Minnesota Assemblies of God churches, especially District supervised or affiliated churches, to honor the restriction on gatherings of 10 or more people for the next 15 days. We will monitor local and national agencies and continually review those recommendations from now until the end of 15 days. For those of you unable to take advantage of Facebook Live on weekends, we recommend reaching out to your sectional presbyter to see which churches are live-streaming near you. We recommend calling the host pastor and asking if you could partner with them. In this relationship, we could envision the host pastor welcoming the viewers from the guest church in his/her greeting time and also reminding guests from other churches to be faithful in their tithe to their home church.

As you saw yesterday, we have canceled a number of upcoming District events including Men's Advance to do our part in slowing the spread of the virus. As our leadership team looked at the calendar we felt it was important to make a decision about District Council and Equip sooner rather than later. That's why we have decided to postpone District Council and cancel the 2020 Equip Conference. Refunds for Equip will be processed in 2-3 weeks.

The details of District Council's postponement are yet to be determined, but we believe that the business session and Licensing/Ordination service will likely take place on a single day later in the year.

Upon General Council's recommendation, candidates will receive their licensure or ordination effective the original day of our District Council on April 24th even though the celebration gathering will take place at a later date. We will communicate details on the new date and location as soon as they are available.

Mark your calendars for next year's District Council and Equip Conference April 22-24, 2021 at Emmanuel Christian Center, BUT... you don't have to wait until next year to be equipped. Look for more ministry resources coming your way between now and then through an upcoming redesigned District website and monthly Equip webinars.

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UPDATE 3/16/20: MDC EVENT CANCELLATIONS

Thank you, Pastors, for leading with excellence this past weekend! It is encouraging to see the light of Christ shine brightly through churches during these extraordinary times. As promised, we continue to send information your way as it becomes available. In light of the most recent recommendations regarding the coronavirus, we have CANCELLED the following District events.

JBQ Meet (Mar 21): Contact Erin Corbett (ecorbett@mnaog.org) with questions.
SBQ Meet (Mar 21): Contact Kelli Patrick (kelli.patrick@live.com) with questions.
South Twin Cities MnSOM (Mar 21): We will continue to keep our students updated via email as future decisions are made. Contact Pam Lund (plund@mnaog.org) with questions.
Men’s Advance (Mar 27-28): During the next 5 to 7 business days we will process refunds for all those who have registered. Next year’s Men’s Advance will be held at Lake Geneva Christian Center March 26-27, 2021. Contact Mark Lerom at 612-803-4096 (mlerom@comcast.net) with questions.
The Senior Spring Luncheon (Apr 4): Contact Bruce Talso (brucetalso@comcast.net) with questions.

Look for a special message from Pastor Mark this week with an encouraging word and information regarding District Council and EQUIP. Thank you for all you do!


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UPDATE 3/13/20


As we mentioned yesterday, we are monitoring the continually evolving response to the coronavirus and will pass on information relevant to our churches as it becomes available.

We want to make sure you are aware of this afternoon’s press conference with Governor Walz. He has declared a “peacetime emergency” and state officials have asked organizations, including faith communities, to cancel or postpone gatherings of 250 people in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. A number of churches in our District have already canceled services this upcoming weekend in response to that request.

He and his team also recommended that gatherings of less than 250 people cancel or postpone if they cannot create “social distancing” space of at least 6 feet per person. Click here to read more about the state’s recommendations.

As stated in the governor’s press conference, these recommendations on gatherings have proven to be the most effective means of slowing the spread of the virus and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Information and guidance is changing day to day. For our own part, as a District, we will monitor news, process information and make a decision about the upcoming Men’s Advance by the end of next week.

We will also continue to send information as it becomes available and echo the prayer of our General Superintendent from Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
 
Events  
Men's Advance - CANCELLED
March 27-28

East Twin Cities
Prayer and Fasting - CANCELLED
April 2

Seniors' Spring
Luncheon - CANCELLED
April 4

District Council - POSTPONED
April 23 & 24

Equip Conference - CANCELLED
April 24 & 25
 
 
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