Do all of my attendees need to register on www.marriage
Yes. In order to give your church a proper headcount for the event, every attendee must register online. Before the retreat, we will send tickets, digital programs, and event details to each person who registers. After the event every attendee will gain access to the videos and talks from the conference.
Can we make this a free event for everyone in our church?
No. Over the past 10 years of hosting conferences, we’ve learned that people are more likely to attend if they invest financially in the event. Our hope is to provide a great experience for your church and an event attendees value. To remain consistent, every host site must have their attendees register online and pay the $15 per person ($30 per couple) registration fee.
What does it cost?
There is not a fee for churches that subscribe to RightNow Media to host the event. Attendee registration is $15 per person ($30 per couple). 50% of the registration fees will go to RightNow Media to cover program and event costs, while the other 50% goes directly to the host site. We know that when people pay to attend an event they are more likely to participate and we have set the attendee registration at an affordable level so that as many as possible can attend. If you’re interested in giving back to your attendees, consider providing supplemental materials or snacks/refreshments as part of the event.
When will registration for attendees begin?
Attendee registration will begin in March.
Will you share the attendee’s personal information with other ministries?
No. We will only use the personal information of attendees for the purpose of the 2019 Marriage Night event. Prior to the Retreat we will email each attendee a digital program including the schedule for the event itself. We will also follow up with attendees after the Retreat to make sure they receive copies of the talks delivered through the simulcast. In addition, each attendee’s host church will have limited access to their information to communicate event day details they need to be aware of.
How will churches get reimbursed for attendee registration?
Within 30 days following the event we will mail a check to each host site with its proceeds for the event. Please ensure that on your host site application you provide a valid mailing address in order to expedite the reimbursement process.
How will churches know the number of registered attendees for their site?
In the days leading up to the Retreat we will send each church a list of attendees, names, and emails for the purpose of communicating with them before the event.
How will international attendees be charged?
All attendees – domestic or international – will be charged the same rate which is $15 USD per person or $30 USD per couple. Credit card companies will account for the exchange rate, which will be reflected on the individual’s billing statement, like other international transactions.
How many people should I expect to attend?
We are designing this experience for churches of all sizes. We believe “success” to be less about attendee count and more about how God uses the event to strengthen the marriages of attendees and prepare others for marriage. Marriage Night is an opportunity for couples to dedicate time to focus on what God has planned for their marriage. The value of such an opportunity can’t be overstated.
Do I need any special equipment?
No. You will need an internet connection of 5-10 Mbps and a screen to display the video. Our team will work with you to answer technical questions and address any issues.
What will the teaching be about?
Speakers will bring real-life stories on what it means for Christians to discover how to honor God in their marriage and grow in their faith together as husband and wife. We also plan to make this a fun event with comedy included in the agenda.
Do I have to be a pastor to sign up my church?
We are looking for people to champion the retreat at their church. Ultimately a pastor or staff member at the church will need to approve participation in the event, use of the church building, and any other logistics, but anyone can sign up the church and lead the event.
Where will the live retreat be hosted?
Hope Fellowship Frisco East
9950 Rolater Rd, Frisco, TX 75035
Is childcare available at the live event?
Childcare will not be available at the live event. There will be a room for nursing mothers to care for their babies. Ultimately, we hope that this will be a fun and inspiring date night for you and your spouse where you will be encouraged in your marriage.
Can our church host dinner?
Yes. Interested host sites can plan on using some of the proceeds for registration to provide dinner before the event. We suggest keeping it simple with food that’s easy to order and distribute (such as boxed meals or pizza). In the days prior to the event we will send final registration updates so you can plan accordingly with regard to headcount.
Can I do some programming during dinner?
Yes. Churches may use this time to bring in local speakers, have the pastor share about the marriage topic, hold a panel discussion, or have breakout groups at tables to discuss the event material.
Will there be training on hosting the event?
Yes. Each church will be assigned a Simulcast Specialist that will periodically reach out to registered host churches with event updates as the event gets closer. Ensuring that each church has specific points of contact available for these updates will help ensure event success. The Specialist will also have direct contact information for any questions / emergencies that arise. We will provide guidance in the following areas:
-Event Details – Everything you need to know about Marriage Night 2019.
-Technical Details – We’ll walk through how to stream the content and test equipment before the event.
-Localizing the event – How to make this event a successful, local gathering for your community.
-Host Etiquette and Tips – How to set up the room, handle promotion, care for attendees, etc.
Will attendees have materials to follow along at the retreat? When will we know topics for the day?
Yes. Prior to the event we will email a digital event guide to attendees that will help maximize their experience. These materials will only be sent to host churches and confirmed registrants, so encourage all potential attendees to sign up as soon as possible!
Speaker topics / message titles will be posted on the website schedule as soon as possible.
Why did you choose Friday for the live event instead of Saturday?
Our experience indicates that Friday is the best day for this type of events in terms of attendee availability. We understand that no day works for everyone but work to schedule this type of event on dates that maximize participation.
Will you feature the videos from the Retreat on RightNow Media?
Yes. Marriage Night sessions will be made available on RightNow Media and RightNow Media @ Work in the weeks following the live event.
Will you provide any promotional resources for the event?
Yes. You can download our Marriage Night Promotional Materials here: Download Now
Will we have a trial run before the event to ensure the simulcast runs smoothly?
Yes. We will provide a few different opportunities for you to test the live stream. This information will be discussed in detail with your Simulcast Specialist. You can easily determine whether you meet the 5-10 Mbps standard by testing your internet speed at the following link: www.speedtest.net.
What if our city has a weather emergency and people cannot make it to the church?
In the event of a weather emergency we will email a secure link to registered attendees that will allow them to view the simulcast from their home or mobile devices.
If any buffer time happens during the simulcast, will the simulcast pick up where it left off or skip ahead to the live stream?
Performing the suggested tech tests will go a long way towards preventing any buffering issues. If the stream does experience buffering or needs to be reloaded, it will automatically resume to the “live” timing of the event. However, the software we use functions like a DVR and can be paused, replayed, rewound, and moved forward. This will prevent you from missing any of the content during the event.
How much bandwidth will it take to stream the conference?
Most high-speed internet connections will be able to support the simulcast. You don’t need to have state-of-the-art facilities. If you can stream videos from a service like RightNow Media or Netflix without interruption, there’s a good chance the simulcast will work just the same. But, we still suggest verifying your internet service capabilities and any data caps that might be in place at your church. The recommended download speed is 5-10 Mpbs for the highest video quality. You should also take into account that your internet bandwidth is probably shared throughout your facility. Allowing attendees to use your Wifi or streaming other videos throughout the building can slow down your internet speed. We recommend asking people to stay off Wifi during the conference or making sure you have enough bandwidth for both the simulcast and others on the facility’s Wifi.
Will we have an opportunity to speak directly with your tech team?
Yes. We will have a Simulcast Specialist assigned to your church and an event day support team available to help walk you through any issues. Performing the suggested tech tests ahead of time will help reduce any technical headaches that could arise during the event. You can reach our Simulcast Specialists during normal business hours at 972-560-4000.