Periscope: a Game Changing App for Deaf Ministry

If you are not familiar with Periscope, you need to try it! This app has the potential to become a game changer for us in Deaf Ministry. Live streaming, a service that previously could only be offered through expensive technical set ups and steep internet know-how, is now at the fingertips of anyone with a smartphone!

Photo courtesy of Periscope

Photo courtesy of Periscope

If you have not heard of Periscope, it is a live streaming app (iOS and Android) owned by Twitter. After downloading the app, you simply point your phone at what you want to broadcast and record it through the app.

Live streaming, a service that previously could only be offered through expensive technical set ups and steep internet know-how, is now at the fingertips of anyone with a smartphone!

As of now, you can set up your Periscope account account with either your cell number or Twitter. I recommend using a dedicated Twitter account for Periscope, so that you can pass the account to your successor or recover it if you ever happen to change phone numbers. While you are broadcasting, people can watch your video on the app or a computer. Periscope automatically notifies anyone who follows your account when you broadcast and your video will be listed for other people to watch, if you make it public. That video is accessible on Periscope for 24 hours before it is deleted forever, although you do have the option to save it to your phone while recording.

I have been using Periscope for a few months for broadcasting my sermons. I have found that the power of Periscope is in its simplicity. All you need to use Periscope is a smart phone and you can reap the benefits of this app! What are the benefits I noticed with Periscope?

 

People who can’t make it to church can still watch. Sometimes, people are sick, traveling, or simply unable to come to church. This app gives them the option to watch a church service, devotional, Sunday School class, or anything else you want to broadcast.

Recording made easy. While live streaming, you can also record your sermons to share later on platforms like Facebook or YouTube. This will mean your sermons and lessons can reach many, many more people long after your final prayer.

Little work, high reward. All I have to do is set my phone on a tripod, music stand, table, or anything that will give me use of my hands, turn it on, and I’m done! There’s no extra work for me to do! With such little work, it yields a relatively high reward. My record is having 91 people log on and watch at least a portion of our Deaf Church service. Not much more needs to be said about that. I am all for anything that gets 90 plus more people the Gospel!

 

My record is having 91 people log on and watch at least a portion of our Deaf Church service.

Periscope offers us, as leaders, preachers, and teachers, to grow our reach and spread the Word to more people than ever before possible! People can, in real time, watch a sermon from anywhere else in the world through a simple smart phone app. How amazing would it be to have dozens of strong, Bible based ministries spreading the Word on this app that people can access and watch from anywhere in the world? We can make a world where, on any Sunday, Deaf people, even if they don’t live near a church that teaches the Bible in their language (there are, unfortunately, far too few), can still learn His Word!

Right now, the only Deaf Ministry or Deaf Church I know of using Periscope is my own. If you want to see what we do, you can find us on the Periscope app under the handle @CRDeaf and, if you follow us, Periscope will notify you when we broadcast, which is typically Sunday around 4:15 EST. If you plan to use, or are using, Periscope in your ministry, please email me! I want to keep a list of Deaf Ministries and Churches engaged on Periscope. If you’re not, give it a try and let us know what you think!
Have you tried Periscope? What are your thoughts?

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