Coronavirus [COVID-19] is causing many local churches to cancel their weekly gatherings and shift toward strictly online services. For many pastors, streaming a message and music is new territory. How long should an online service last? What should the schedule even look like?

Early this week, we took some time to examine the online services of seven churches around the country. Below is a breakdown of their service schedule from this past Sunday and how long each segment lasted.


North Point Community Church – Alpharetta, Georgia

Runtime: 55 minutes
Stream URL: https://northpoint.org/messages
Pastor Andy Stanley

Greeting: 1:30 minutes
Worship: 14 minutes
Prayer: 1 minute
Sermon Bumper: 1 minutes
Message: 36 minutes
Announcements: 1 minute
Closing Statement and Prayer: 1 minute


New Life Community Church – Artesia, CA

Runtime: 58 minutes
Stream URL: https://livestream.com/newlifeartesia/events/2869082/videos/202960314
Pastor Ryan Klement (Associate Pastor)

Greeting: 3 minutes
Worship: 6 minutes
Exhortation: 1:30 minutes
Worship: 6 minutes
Message: 26 minutes
Worship: 14 minutes
End prayer: 1 minute


Liquid Church – Parsippany, New Jersey

Runtime: 55 minutes
Stream URL: https://live.liquidchurch.com/
Pastor Tim Lucas

Greeting: 4 minutes
Worship: 18 minutes
Announcements: 4 minutes
Sermon Bumper: 30 seconds
Message: 28 minutes
Next Steps: 3 minutes
End prayer: 1 minute


Hope City – Houston, TX

Runtime: 1:03:39 
Stream URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qBOY4gvhcM&t=3559s
Pastor Jeremy Foster

Pre-Service Greeting: 5 minutes
Worship: 15 minutes
Prayer: 1 minute 
Message: 37 minutes
Next Steps: 2:30 minutes
Worship: 1 minute
Close: 3 minutes


Highpoint Church – Aurora, Colorado

Runtime: 49:34
Stream URL: https://youtu.be/wG1z9tJecJE
Pastor Caleb McNaughton

Greeting: 2:30 minutes
Worship: 10:30 minutes
Game Hosted by Children’s Pastor: 8 minutes
Roundtable Discussion with Church Staff: 25 minutes
Giving and Prayer: 2 minutes
Closing Song: 1:30 minutes


Woodlands Church – The Woodlands, TX

Runtime: 1:03:18
Stream URL: https://youtu.be/aUhDYrgbTxo
Pastor Lee Strobel (Teaching Pastor)

Worship: 23:30 minutes
Greeting and Prayer: 3 minutes
Message: 36 minutes
Closing Prayer: 1 minute


Citizen Church – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Runtime: 58:38
Stream URL: https://youtu.be/Qz94ZNsSBvk
Pastor Dustin Woodward

Countdown Video: 5 minutes
Greeting: 1 minute
Worship: 4 minutes
Offering Talk: 3 minutes
Message: 29:30 minutes
Worship: 5:30 minutes
Announcements: 1:30 minutes
Kids Service: 9 minutes