|I am applying for||Action Support Grant|
|FUNDS WILL BE USED TO:||Maintain/expand current ministry|
|Name of Organization||Covenant United Methodist Church|
|Address||4410 Duval Rd|
Austin, TX 78727
|Contact Person||Patrick St Cin|
|Title||Chair-Live Stream Ministry|
|Explain connection to The United Methodists Church|
This ministry is expanding the outreach to the greater Austin community thru live streaming or broadcasting of the weekly Sunday services as well as special services such as Good Friday, held earlier this year.
|How many volunteers are involved?||8|
|How many staff members?||1|
|Have you explored opportunities to collaborate with other United Methodist Churches to work toward your mission?*|
The church has stepped up to provide the first round of funding to bring the Live Streaming Ministry to life. The Finance Committee provided $2,500 for 2 cameras, tripods, cables, laptop computer and a video switcher with monitor.
|How does your mission fulfill the purpose of the grant you are requesting?|
Thru the addition of another camera, microphones and associated equipment we are working towards enhancing the Live Streaming experience to our viewing community. In addition to this ministry the Church Council has asked the Marketing and Communications Committee to increase the community's awareness of our presence, as a community church and as an on-line church.
|How many individuals will be served by the funds requested?||140|
Facebook has no method of breaking down the actual demographics of the viewing public for us. We have seen an 11% increase week over week in Live viewership. The non-live viewership has remained steady at approximately 130 viewers per week since we began live streaming on February 28, 2021.
|Grant history and reporting|
No grants have been requested nor awarded for Live Streaming ministry at Covenant UMC. It is believed the Food Pantry ministry at Covenant UMC has been awarded grants in the past but that has nothing to do with this request.
|Comments or additional information|
The attached photos show the basics of the current setup of our hardware along with a drawing of the current setup (2 Camera-Proposal). The third camera would be placed on the right side of the Sanctuary as per the attached drawing (3 Camera Angle Proposal) of the proposed additions to the Live Streaming setup. Additionally, 2 shotgun microphones would be placed at the front of the sanctuary aimed at the congregation. The viewing community will have the auditory sensation that others are with them during this time of worship by having the background sound in the live feed.