Reliable Streaming Ensures Positive Guest Experience for theCHURCHat Battle Creek
Video provided by Amplio Systems.
In November 2002, a small group from Tulsa, OK came together with an ambitious goal — to form a new church in the Tulsa area that was centrally focused on community. Tulsa didn’t need just another church; it needed a safe and inviting environment for those from all walks of life to experience the love of Christ. As Seth Whorton, Lead Worship Pastor states, “Everybody loves their community. Everybody loves where they live. What we want to be is a church that is the church at where you are.” Soon later, theChurchat Battle Creek opened its doors to a capacity crowd in a converted mall. From there, the church grew exponentially, forming 5 new campuses with a combined attendance of over 6,000.
With such an enthusiastic vision and rapid growth, Whorton and others knew that they had to find partners they could trust in order to make sure that theChurchat could serve the communities in which they were planted with excellence. As Whorton notes, “The greatest challenge that I see in being a multisite church is making sure that across all of the campuses we maintain a similar style, a similar line of excellence, a similar kind of experience.”
When searching for partners that could help them achieve this goal, the team from theChurchat turned to Chicago-based Amplio Systems, an integration firm that prides itself on coming alongside churches, finding solutions to help them grow and change. As Walker states, “The thing that came across, the very first conversation that I had with Amplio was, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this together. And we’re here to help you guys be successful. Tell us what it is that you want to accomplish, and we’re going to partner with you, and we’re going to help you to figure it out.’”
At the center of the guest experience, as Keith Walker, theChurchat South Campus Pastor, explains, is the video stream of the sermon. “Every one of our buildings is different . . . But we all have the same goal. And that’s to create this great worship experience, and the presence of God being here. The thing we all have in common is the streaming of the sermon.”
Josh Stevens, theChurchat Technical Director, knew that because the church utilizes public internet to stream between campuses, choosing a platform that could provide a stable, high-quality feed without interruptions would be critical. Through Amplio Systems, Stevens connected with Living As One, a partner that could effectively help theChurchat accomplish this goal. As Stevens notes, “Our biggest challenge of multisite was our stream. We had several issues with the streaming company that we were using. So as we were researching, we found out about Living as One through Amplio and just to hear their heart for the church and the technology that they were using . . . it was perfect. We just love the heart of the company, and it was similar to Amplio. Ever since we switched over, perfect stream. Zero issues.”
Through the Living As One Multisite Platform, theChurchat is able to resiliently stream sermons over public internet to 6 campuses throughout the Tulsa area and trust that the feed will remain stable — even through a complete internet outage. Based on the patented Resilient Streaming Protocol, the platform ensures reliable multisite streaming with zero content loss from site to multisite, regardless of internet connection. Additionally, because the Living As One Multisite Encoder utilizes efficient next-generation HEVC/H.265 compression, the stream never pixelates or loses quality.
Finding trusted, knowledgeable partners was critical for theChurchat to ambitiously grow. Equipping the church with technology they can rely on grants them with the ability to focus on their mission — reaching the Tulsa community. As Walker explains, “it’s an opportunity to reach a whole lot of people and for a whole lot of people to be engaged and to be involved.”
Every one of our buildings is different … But we all have the same goal. And that’s to create this great worship experience, and the presence of God being here. The thing we all have in common is the streaming of the sermon.
Years Since 1st Multisite
Our biggest challenge of multi-site was our stream. We had several issues with the streaming company that we were using. So as we were researching, we found out about Living as One through Amplio and just to hear their heart for the church and the technology that they were using . . . it was perfect. We just love the heart of the company, and it was similar to Amplio. Ever since we switched over, perfect stream. Zero issues.