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Best Practices for Recording Church Events and Activities

From worship services to children's programs and business meetings, a sound policy ensures legal compliance.

Best Practices for Recording Church Events and Activities
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Shouting “Amen” at a computer screen may have seemed unusual 12 months ago, but COVID-19 has changed many churches’ approach to Sunday worship, Bible studies, prayer gatherings, governance meetings, and staff meetings.

Moving these events to online platforms like Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTube has been critical for delivering teaching and maintaining fellowship as best as possible. Likewise, many ministry employees and volunteers now work and serve remotely as the new norm, with videoconferences substituting for in-person meetings and program activities.

To what extent may churches and other ministries record their activities, particularly if the recordings contain people’s images, names, and potentially sensitive information? Is doing so always legal or does legality depend on specific locations and situations? What constitutes best practices for handling live online ...

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  • February 22, 2021

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