Dr. Steve Greene is now sharing his reflections and practical insights as a ministry leader on Greenelines, a new podcast. Listen at charismapodcastnetwork.com.


As president of the ministry my dad, Jimmy Evans, founded, I’ve been serving him for almost a decade. This year, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of MarriageToday, so I’ve been along for a good portion of the ride. From day one, MarriageToday has always focused on equipping the local church to succeed in the area of marriage. My dad, who has been a pastor for 30 years, frequently says, “The local church is the hope of the world.”

We sincerely believe that. We see our broadcast ministry as the “Air Force” in the battle to save marriage and the local church as the “Army,” with its massive supply of ground troops. We absolutely know that we can’t win this war without strategizing with each other.

For the last few years, one of our greatest tools for empowering churches to reach and teach couples in their churches and communities have been the simulcasts of our live marriage conferences. If you’ve used simulcasts, you know how easy they are to host. Tech-wise, all you need is an Internet connection and a viewing device. Simply put, you set up a “watching environment,” invite a bunch of people to come to a certain place at a certain time, and then sit back and relax while real-time, quality content is streamed to everyone sitting in the room.

Each year, we facilitate two marriage simulcasts. The most recent was broadcast live during Valentine’s Day weekend and drew 300 host churches nationwide plus people and churches from multiple countries around the world. We also gave couples the option to stream the event from the comfort of their homes. We had an estimated 60,000-plus people participate in this one event, both live and via simulcast.

Over the years of producing simulcasts, we’ve seen churches leverage our events in unique and effective ways. If you’re considering hosting a simulcast or just learning about them, consider these specific strategies to make the most of your event:

1) Launch spring and fall small groups. Simulcasts are often thought of as “one-and-done” types of events—it’s a great weekend experience, but what’s next? Churches that have used our simulcasts as kickoffs for their seasonal small groups have told us it makes a huge difference in couples’ participation and ministry follow-through. To extend the impact, MarriageToday provides curriculum kits as part of its simulcast package. A simulcast event that leads into a six-week, marriage-focused small group can be a powerful thing.

2) Think community outreach. We want the local church to be thought of as a place to find hope and healing for any marriage issue. A marriage enrichment event can get unchurched couples who want to fix their relationship not only in the door, but possibly in a future new members class. We promote all our events through our marketing channels, including our TV show and website, in the hope of driving couples to simulcast locations.

3) Address vital but “uncomfortable” subjects. Talk about sex? In church? The truth is that pastors don’t always want to (or even know how to) approach difficult and important subjects like sex, divorce, cohabitation or blended families from the pulpit. My dad is a gifted communicator and is excellent when it comes to delivering biblically based, sensitive information in a way that doesn’t alienate spouses or couples.

Our simulcasts are seen by groups as small as two couples all the way to audiences with multiple thousands in attendance. No matter your church size or budget, you can leverage simulcasts to minister to couples in your church and community. All you need is an Internet connection and a desire to help those who desperately need a stronger marriage foundation. We can win by working together.  

Brent Evans is the president of MarriageToday. He lives in Southlake, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Kate and Reed.

Leaders are readers! Subscribe now and get 3 magazines for the price of 1. Get Ministry Today, Charisma and SpiritLed Woman all for $24. YES - I'm a leader!

Ministry Today Subscription Special - Subscribe to Ministry Today magazine today and get 12 issues (2 full years) plus Amplified Leadership, a free leadership book for only $24.

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
  • Explorers require significant input.

    How to Receive Clarity When Torn Between Choices

    Decision making is risky without guidance from the Holy Spirit.

  • Lyndon Johnson

    63-Year-Old Law Still 'Threatens' Churches, Pastors

    Read why this law is so dangerous to the kingdom culture.

  • Do you have the proper training to be a soldier in God's army?

    The Training You Need as a Soldier in God's Army

    We are in already in a war. Let us enter the fight as fully trained soldiers with the full armor ...

  • A new path is opening now.

    Prophecy: The Lord Is Opening Doors for Kingdom-Minded Businesses

    Find out how to activate this prophetic word of increase in your company.

  • Start a Wildfire of Spiritual Growth in Your Church

    Start a Wildfire of Spiritual Growth in Your Church

    Watch how God can take one spark and turn it into a wildfire that impacts your ministry, your community and even future generations.

  • Local congregations are called to become Christ-like in their methodology, mission and essence.

    10 Traits of the Jesus-Driven Church

    If we attempt to walk in these, we will leave a powerful imprint on the world around us.

  • Greeter ministry

    5 Common Greeter Mistakes to Correct in the New Year

    Like those involved in any other ministry, greeters can get in a rut.

  • Saddleback Church

    One Clear-Cut Sign Your Church Is Mature and Healthy

    A church's health is measured by its obedience to this important mandate, not by its seating ...

  • Pick me.

    Jesus Picked You

    Leaders make strong efforts to pick their team every day.

Use Desktop Layout
Ministry Today Magazine — Serving and empowering church leaders