Video Playlists for Small Groups

My wife has had severe nausea due to pregnancy for the last five weeks. For two Sundays we were house bound. So we had church at home. We had worship on YouTube and watched a sermon on Church in bed was great! Praise God for the Internet!

Last night we were talking to some missionary friends who told us a wonderful story of thousands of people who had just gotten saved in a revival. How do you disciple thousands of people who get saved at once? House churches. But you’d need hundreds of leaders trained and ready to go. That’s a problem. Most churches don’t have enough small group leaders as it is where is no revival.

Immediately Internet video came to mind. Actually I’ve been thinking about it for some time. And, incidentally, I’m almost always thinking about the Internet. Ha. There are already a lot of great video websites which host video for free. They contain thousands of video of worship songs, many with lyrics. Many churches also provide their sermons by video online. The way to string them all together to create a cohesive service would be to create a playlist. A playlist allows you to watch each video in succession without having to click from one video to the next. It is like a slideshow of videos where the next video plays automatically once the previous video finishes.

Churches and missionary groups can setup any number of ready-to-go online “services” which anyone can use to host a small group in their home. No one needs to know how to play a guitar to lead worship. Instead you can have the very best and most talented worship leaders in the world, lead the small group in worship via video. And no one needs to prepare a Bible study with discussion questions. You can just add an online sermon. There are thousands and thousands of them available online for free. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel every week.

YouTube has the capability to create playlists. Here is a sample worship YouTube playlist embeded below.

You can embed your playlists on your blog or a forum, post them on facebook or email the URL to people. For the best viewing experience embed the playlist on your blog and play it at full screen. Try it out above, you can set it to play at full-screen and when videos advance from one to another seamlessly. If you were to watch a playlist on the YouTube website with autoplay enabled, at the end of each video, it pops out of full-screen as it loads up the next video.

Lots of Worship Videos Available on YouTube

There are a wealth of videos on YouTube that people have made with lyrics and (mostly) pretty good audio. I’m in the process of collecting worship videos in English, Chinese and Japanese. You’re free check out my playlist videos below:

I’ll keep adding to those playlists as I find good worship videos. Please feel free to create your own playlists and share them below in the comments.

How to create a playlist on YouTube

1. First make sure you have a YouTube account. If you already have some kind of Google account, like GMail, you’ve already got one.

2. Search for a video you want to add. Here’s a tip. If you want to find a particular worship song video, search for the name of the song or artist along with the word “lyrics”.

3. Once you find the song, look for the “Save to” box below the video and click it.

4. A drop-down menu will appear below. Click on “Create a new playlist…” and type in the name of your playlist.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you have added all the songs and/or testimony or Bible study videos that you want for the small group meeting.

6. Once you have your videos in your playlist, to get to your playlists click on your username in the upper right-hand corner and select “My Videos”. Then on the next page, click on “Playlists” in the left side menu. Your playlists will be listed now in the left side menu. Select the playlist you made.

7. You will now probably wish to make sure the videos are in the order you want them rather than in the order that you added them. To see a list of the videos in your playlist, scroll down to the bottom of the page. To change the order of the videos, double click on a blue number next to a video in the “Position” column. An edit box will appear in its place so you can edit the position number of that video.

8. Now we want to embed the playlist on your blog or forum. To do this, scroll up until you find the field entitled Embed. You’ll need to copy the embed code for pasting it into a blog or forum post. If you don’t know how to copy and paste, watch this video for the Windows OS or this video for Mac users.

9. Finally go to your blog or forum post and paste the embed code when you have set the editor to HTML mode. Here are some videos which show you just how its done.

How to embed a YouTube video on a Blogger blog post.

How to Embed into WordPress 2.9

Here are other videos that show you how to embed into forum posts.

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