In order to help you have a successful hosting experience, we’ve put together some resources that will give you everything you need for the Retreat.
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For Your Attendees
On the day of the retreat, help your attendees follow along with these resources. The single-page handout is available for your church to print and distribute at the event. Please also share the following link to the digital program with your attendees: workasworshipretreat.org/program.
Use these free digital marketing tools—including church bulletin inserts, posters, flyers, and email templates—to promote the Work as Worship Retreat. All materials are customizable for you to adjust however you see fit. You can hang posters, put the Retreat logo and description on your website, or send out an email blast to your church.
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WILL WE HAVE A TRIAL RUN BEFORE THE EVENT TO ENSURE THE SIMULCAST RUNS SMOOTHLY?
Yes, we will provide a few different opportunities for you to test the live stream. Currently, we are looking to schedule tests for the fall months of this year and in the weeks leading up to the Retreat.
WHAT IF OUR CITY HAS A SNOW STORM AND PEOPLE CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE CHURCH?
In the event of a weather emergency, we will email a secure link to registered attendees that will allow them to view the simulcast from their home or mobile devices.
IF ANY BUFFER TIME HAPPENS DURING THE SIMULCAST, WILL THE SIMULCAST PICK UP WHERE IT LEFT OFF OR SKIP AHEAD TO THE LIVE STREAM?
Each situation is unique and in today’s streaming world, there are no absolute guarantees. The software we use provides a DVR of the stream for 24 hours. You should have the ability to go back if you need to replay anything. You should also be able to “pause” if you are delayed getting back from lunch or need to take a break, and then pick up where you left off.
HOW MUCH BANDWIDTH WILL IT TAKE TO STREAM THE CONFERENCE?
Most high-speed Internet connections will be able to support the simulcast. You don’t need to have state-of-the-art facilities. If you can stream videos from a service like Netflix without interruption, there’s a good chance the simulcast will work just the same. But we still suggest verifying your Internet service capabilities at your church. The software we use recommends having a dedicated connection with 5-10 Mbps download speed for the highest video quality. You should also take into account that your Internet bandwidth is probably shared throughout your facility. Allowing attendees to use your WiFi or streaming other videos throughout the building can slow down your Internet speed. We recommend asking people stay off WiFi during the conference or making sure you how have enough bandwidth for both the simulcast and others on the facility’s WiFi.
WILL WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH YOUR TECH TEAM?
Yes. We will have several scheduled conference calls and training sessions toward the end of summer and into the fall.
Technology info to help you get connected.
Troubleshooting tips to help with your livestream.
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Friday, February 23, 2018
The event will either start at 7:30 AM or 8:30 AM local time, depending on your time zone (choose from the list below). Please connect to the livestream 20 minutes before the retreat begins.
On the day of the Retreat, the event will broadcast according to the 4 time zones represented in the mainland U.S. (PST, MST, CST, and EST). Host sites in North and South America will access the content based on their respective time zones. The live Retreat will begin at 7:30AM CST. The live stream of the event in Dallas will be delayed for those in Pacific and Mountain time zones in order for them to begin at 7:30AM local time. Those in the Eastern time zone will begin at 8:30AM.
For any host site located outside of the U.S. in a time zone not listed above, we will allow access to the recorded live stream for up to 24 hours after the live event. We suggest hosting the Retreat at 7:30AM local time on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
We’re excited to partner with you in presenting the Work as Worship message. It is our hope that you devote a Sunday to preaching and teaching through the Work as Worship message. Check out these free resources to get started.
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Check out our frequently asked questions for more details on hosting the Retreat and registration.