Christian Radio

This blog has been established to talk about Christian Radio (the industry) and to encourage those who are working in the industry. I would like to talk about news, music, programs and whatever else comes up. My goal is to get listeners and the professionals to talk about the issues to help make the ministry even better and stronger. Tell all you know about this blog.

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I'm the Executive Director of Mission Network News, a broadcast network servicing more than 900 radio stations in North America, New Zealand, Eucuador, Romania and Moldova

Monday, October 24, 2005

Been thinking about this lately

Seeker churches. What are they? Is there such a thing?

The Bible clearly says in Romans 3:10, 11 "As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God." I would think that the Bible is the final authority on that, wouldn't you?

But, on the other hand, God is the one that draws people to Himself. So, are these the poeple for which these churches have been created?

Sometimes I wonder if these churches have been created for people who have no desire to go deeper in their faith, or for people who just want to get lost in church. What's the purpose of "Seeker Churches?" If seeker churches are really for people who are 'seeking' what happens to them once they 'find' what they're seeking?

What does this have to do with Christian radio? Well, I think there's a place for 'seeker' radio stations. Afterall, Trans World Radio, HCJB World Radio, Far East Broadcasting Company and others use radio to reach those who have never heard the message of the Gospel before. Then, once they come to Christ they establish community fellowships to help them grow. Perhaps that's what 'seeker' churches are doing. I certainly hope that's what's happening.

There is a great article that takes this a little further at http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/1354535.html by John Piper. It's pretty interesting.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

What's does it mean?

I had this conversation with a good friend today. The question was; is the Gospel offensive? If the answer is yes (and, I think it is) how can a Christian radio station NOT be offensive?

I think that's why Christian radio isn't as popular as main-stream radio. If we're faithful to the true Gospel, we'll be talking about sin. Sin is offensive. It offends me (or, should I say...I'm an offense). But, understanding we're all sinners is an 'offense' we MUST not disregard. Also, knowing there's no good in man (or me) could also be viewed as offensive by those who are unbelievers. Does, this mean we don't talk about it? Would someone get the wrong view of Christianity if we failed to mention this on the air? I'm all for having a lot of listeners.

I'm all for making Christian radio attractive, but where do we draw the line at compromising the Gospel?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Consultants; good, bad, ignored?

Last month I celebrated my 10th year at Mission Network News. In December, I'll be celebrating 22 years in broadcasting. It's hard to believe, really. When I got into radio we were spinning records, using cart machines and reel-to-reel machines. The over nights and weekend shift were training grounds for radio stations. It's not like that any more.

The thing that puzzles me about Christian radio these days is the large number of Christian radio stations using consultants. First, it's amazing they have that kind of money to invest (or waste...depending on who you talk to). While I don't have a problem with hiring consultants, it seems to me stations would want to hire consultants with a similar world view. I'm amazed at the number of Christian radio stations that aren't only hiring consultants with no Christian worldview, but they're listening to them and making major programming shifts.

Please don't blog me and say, "Greg, consultants are only consultants...they don't change programming." That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Why would you hire a consultant and then NOT listen to them? If you're hiring a consultant, spending a lot ministry dollars, and you're not listening to them, you ought to be committed. Why would you waste God's money? That's like saying you're paying for Arbitron ratings even though you don't trust their numbers. Or, hiring a meteorologist when you know his forecasts are wrong a majority of the time.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Too much to do

I'm overwhelmed with things to do.

I've got to develop a marketing strategy. I've got to follow up with churches that subscribed to our monthly church bulletin inserts service. Most of our subscribers expire in November. Even though NRB is in February, I have to prepare a strategy for that as we'll be in our 15th year. That should be a huge celebration. I have to get the web site ready to handle giving away our 2006 calendars. I've got to figure out what new things to put on our new web site, which needs a redesign. We were built before our sister ministries and yet we're last to be redesigned (I don't understand that). Agency relations is falling in my lap this month since our guy is out of the country. Members of my staff are dealing with heavy issues and aren't focused (to no fault of their own). I have to call our donors, call news advertisers, set up interviews, write stories, post stories.

Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but I can't do it all. I have a great team, but there's just too much to do.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

What is ministry in Radio

I have a question for you and I need a response. What is ministry, when it comes to radio? Is it just playing Christian music? What makes that 'ministry?' There are so many ministries that claim they're 'ministering' when in reality it's only entertainment.

I struggle with that at Mission Network News. We claim to be ministry. What part of 'news' is 'ministry?' Is telling people about the needs and accomplishments of missionaries ministry? Is telling people they should get involved in missions ministry?

I guess when you read the definition of ministry in the dictionary it does fit. But, it seems like CHRISTIAN ministry should be more than just serving others. I think it should be more linked to evangelism, discipleship, church planting, etc