I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s post is written by Mark Marshall, Senior Pastor of The Glade Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee (and a great man and friend), and the resource is the Priscilla Shirer Simulcast.
The mission has not changed. We are still to make disciples. In many ways, leading a church to accomplish her mission in 2018 is more challenging than ever. But on the other hand, as church leaders, we have more tools at our disposal today than ever. One tool I (as a pastor) have come to appreciate and use is hosting a simulcast.
There are a number of reasons I have become a fan of hosting these events.
1. Simulcasts expose our people to quality teaching from a different voice.
I like to think I bring consistent quality teaching week in and week out to our church. But I realize even the best teaching can become routine when it is the only voice I hear. A simulcast allows me to bring a fresh voice to the congregation. I know the people in my church listen to podcasts and sermon videos of other teachers at home. By hosting a simulcast event, I can ensure the voice they listen to will be solid theologically.
2. Simulcasts allow us to process the content together.
There are many delivery systems for content these days. Our people pick up content from the Internet during the week. This may provide quality content but usually does not include group processing. You probably have some form of small groups in your church. This provides group processing, but the content may not be as solid. Simulcasts give you the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. The content is delivered by a top-notch teacher, but it is done in a setting that allows conversation among those attending.
3. Simulcasts give an opportunity to expose your church to the community.
Any time we host a simulcast, we promote the event to the community. Our people get excited to ask their friends and neighbors to an event that is different from a regular Sunday service. The speaker is usually someone well known and respected by our people, which gives them great confidence to invite people they might not otherwise invite. We post the event on our church website and Facebook page. Often the simulcast host will post it on their promotion page.
4. Simulcasts lets us be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
There is something exciting about being part of an event with tens of thousands of other people. By definition, simulcasts are live events. My church is located near Nashville, Tennessee, but we can participate with others in Dallas, Texas, or Los Angeles, California, or Miami, Florida. This adds to the excitement we build around hosting the event.
Any time I can bring solid biblical content to more people in my church, I am for it. I have found simulcasts to be one such channel to deliver content and process that content. The technology today is much easier to use than it was 10 years ago when my church hosted its first simulcast event. Any church with a laptop and projector can create a first class event by participating in a simulcast.
Mark has served as pastor of churches in Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee over the past 25 years. Mark has also served in a national leadership role at LifeWay, during which time he served as a consultant to churches of all sizes. He has also served as a transitional pastor for multiple churches during his time with LifeWay. He currently serves as the pastor of The Glade Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Mark is a published author in the area of strategic planning for churches, as well as having written multiple articles and posts.
Enter here or in the form below by 11:59pm tonight, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, for your chance to win one free church registration (up to $1000 value) for the Priscilla Shirer Simulcast that will happen on April 28th.