Take it from this trench-working women’s ministry leader: simulcasts are my absolute favorite events on our ministry calendar, and I’m convinced they’ll be yours too. They are the easiest for me and my team to execute, and yet they allow us to experience world-class teaching, music, and ministry right in our local church. There’s no need for hotel reservations, speaker honorariums, long car rides, or in-house graphic designing. Everything is perfectly packaged up for you in Lifeway Women’s “event-in-a-box.”
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to host several Lifeway Women simulcasts over the years, and I wanted to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way!
- Choose the best format to serve you and your context. There is so much flexibility to the simulcast content. You can choose to use it for a live showing or distribute digital access for women to watch it at home (or both!). Every church license automatically comes with 30 digital passes with the option to purchase more at $5 each. Having both options within one purchase makes the simulcast an easy, perfect option for any church situation.
- Plan a day and date that makes sense for you, your women, your church, and your community. As a church host, you have access to the on-demand content for 60 days, and it allows you and your team to determine when, where, and how you want to set up your event. It is certainly fun to participate on the same day as the live event, but you are not tied to that date in any way. If live-streaming makes you nervous, simply pick a day within the 60-day limit and go from there! This option also allows you and your team to preview the teaching sessions and plan your day around it. You can even choose to have multiple showing opportunities! I have also heard of people using the teaching sessions as Sunday School lessons over several weeks. Speaking from experience, my team and I have switched to a packed Friday night option for our simulcasts (instead of a full Saturday). You have many options, and we encourage you to use the simulcast creatively and in the best possible way to serve your community.
- Order a Going Beyond Simulcast Host Kit. This will be one of your easiest and best decisions as a simulcast host. The Lifeway Simulcast Team creates a host kit that will provide you with everything you need to help make your event a total success! There are so many goodies, including name tags, decorations, door prizes, signs, and more! Check it out here [https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/2022-going-beyond-simulcast-host-kit-P005840886] and grab yours today because the quantity is limited!
- Add your church location to the host map. Did you know that the Lifeway Women simulcast team manages a host map on lifeway.com [https://www.lifeway.com/en/events/going-beyond-simulcast#locations] so that someone who is looking to attend a simulcast event can find host churches in her area? So, right after you purchase the simulcast, simply fill out the quick form to ensure that your church location is listed on the map. Who knows who might find you and attend your event!
- Reach out to your regional simulcast specialist. The Lifeway Women simulcast team has enlisted a team of women to serve each simulcast host based on geographic regions. You are welcome to contact your assigned specialist for specific or general information at any point in your hosting. In fact, if you are still unsure about hosting, please fill out the Lifeway Simulcast Inquiry form today with any questions or concerns! I know she will be happy to serve you.
I pray these simple tips were helpful to you! May you, your women, and your community be abundantly blessed this fall through Priscilla and the Going Beyond Simulcast!
Courtney Cherest is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer, and it is one of her greatest earthly joys to serve the Lord and others through those giftings. She is the founder/president of One19 Ministries, which is named after the longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119. Courtney is also on staff at a non-denominational church in Maryland, serving as the worship leader, women’s ministry director, and communications director. Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College (now Lancaster Bible College). She has been in full-time, vocational Christian ministry for almost two decades. You can find her blog at one19ministries.com.