“We are truly excited to cross this mark and look forward to greater opportunities ahead. For us the significance of seeing the listening audience grow is not a profit in dollars but in people. The opportunity to encourage, teach and share the gospel with individuals is what is important. God has blessed us in the best possible of ways, with people.” Those are the words of Charles Lyons, Ph.D. who co-hosts a most unusual program called “Ask The Pastor” carried weekly on BlogTalkRadio.
James Simmons, the other member of the co-hosting team of “Ask The Pastor,” shares in that enthusiasm. He recently stated, “What is happening has to be from God. For two people with a passion to reach others, to be given such an opportunity to touch lives is truly a gift, a sacred trust and responsibility.”
In less than 7 months with no advertising budget and simple word of mouth promotion, the program has grown in listenership from a low of 352 to over 30,000 listeners. During this time they have taken live callers, done remote broadcasting from other states, and interviewed successful individuals as diverse as Christian writer, editor and humorist James Watkins to movie director and producer Rich Christiano. On that particular program they even announced a new film that will be released in 2014. Not bad for broadcast less than a year old!
You might be tempted to think this growth had become their obsession. You would be wrong. Their passion and obsession is reaching people with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Want examples? When asked what their favorite episodes or shows were in the short history of the program the response went like this. Jim Simmons responded that, “…it had to be the Valentine’s Day broadcast. We told the message of love through musical clips, Scripture and encouraged a diverse audience that needed to know that God loves them unconditionally.”
In a similar vein, Dr. Lyons responded that for him the best broadcast was the Christmas special. “We aired on Christmas night and had a large surge in listeners. We told the message of Christmas through Scripture, music and the message behind traditional Christmas carols. Then, best of all, we had our lines and message board open to those who needed to reach out to someone. Here it was Christmas night, and many of our listeners were troubled and would have been alone except for the broadcast. We gave them a way to reach out and discover there is a God who cares.”
The growth appears to be continuing as more people find out about the program. Listeners are the advertising of the show, “Ask The Pastor.” The co-hosting team of Simmons and Lyons listen to God first and strive to faithfully teach the Bible in a positive and compassionate way. If you want a fun, challenging and interesting evening, plan on listening to “Ask The Pastor” Thursday nights on BlogTalkRadio at 7:30 PM Central Time. You can access it from anywhere in the world at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/