Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will produce live, online, streaming video of its chapel services beginning with the convocation service on Aug. 24.
“We are excited to bring streaming video of our chapel speakers to viewers world-wide,” said Jon Zellers, the seminary’s associate vice president for communications. “This is one more way Southwestern is seeking to serve Southern Baptists—or any Christian, for that matter—by delivering to their desktops the high caliber worship and biblical preaching that we experience here on campus.”
The video will be the first item to appear during chapel time on the home page of Southwestern’s website: www.swbts.edu. Anyone in the world with Internet access will be able to watch chapel services live. Services are held in the Truett Auditorium on the Southwestern campus from 10:50 a.m. to noon CST, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the spring and fall semesters.
The streaming video will require Adobe Flash Player plug-in, which, according to Southwestern’s Communications Office, is on most people’s personal computers already. However, the seminary’s Web site will also provide a link for free downloading and installation of Flash on personal computers that need it.
Audio and video recordings of each chapel service will be archived immediately after each service is over. The archived videos will be viewable from the seminary’s Web site, but only the audio recordings will be available for download.
Podcasts of chapel sermons are also available on iTunes, which is free software that can be downloaded from www.apple.com. This software is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. Currently, iTunes has the chapel sermons from Fall 2005 and Spring 2006. Subscribing to the seminary’s podcast through iTunes also allows listeners to get automatic updates of chapel sermons.