Posts Tagged ‘NRB’



How Can We Make Christian TV More Relevant?

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court handed down a major decision in the Hobby Lobby case. It was a landmark ruling for religious protections in the marketplace, and as the Wall Street Journal wrote, it was “one of the most important rulings on religion in years.” The news was everywhere except one curious place: Christian TV. Please tell me if I missed it, but I have DirecTV, which includes the following Christian television networks: Read the full article »

Momentum: What It Is, And Why You Need It To Achieve Success In The Media

Pastors and ministry leaders come to me from time to time and ask an interesting question: “Do for me what you did for Joel Osteen.”  Apparently they think it’s easy. But whenever I’ve worked with people like Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Jack Graham, and others – or big organizations like The Salvation Army, Stella’s Voice, or The American Bible Society, it wasn’t me doing something magic – it was give and take, commitment, time, and a lot of creativity from our team and theirs – not to mention the ministry leaders themselves. But too many pastors who want to be on TV today think it’s a just a matter of buying better cameras, lighting the sanctuary better, or creating a more interesting show open.  Let me tell you what it takes: Read the full article »

Creatives: You’re About to Be Embarrassed

At the National Religious Broadcasters Convention earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet Libby Stewart and Erika Filer. Both young ladies are 14 and in the eighth grade. Back in September, unhappy with what they were seeing in magazines and social media focused on young teen girls, they decided to create their own account on Instagram for teenage girls. They’re called Read the full article »

Multi-Camera Video Directors in Church – Why It Shouldn’t Be a Volunteer

There are many churches today that are shooting their worship services, concerts, and other events with multiple cameras. Whether you have a broadcast media ministry or not, it’s not unusual to use multiple cameras and switch them live for the IMAG screens, DVD sales, or eventual TV broadcasts. But in more and more churches and ministries, I’m seeing a disturbing trend that devalues the multi-camera director. Sometimes it’s the Read the full article »

The Future of Christian Television

Here’s my interview with the Think International team on the future of Christian television.  I’d love to know your reaction:

What’s The Future of Television for Sharing the Christian Message?

Recently I was interviewed by Charisma magazine on the relevance of using television as a tool for sharing the Christian message. In a world where most churches, ministries, and nonprofits are moving to the Internet, why think about TV anymore? I thought you might be interested in my answers. Let me know what you think: Read the full article »

National Religious Broadcasters Conference Begins

I just arrived in Nashville at the NRB Conference, hosted by the Opryland Hotel. We flew in on the flight from Los Angeles having met up with the contingent of Christian broadcasters from Australia. If you’re on the fence, and can get here this weekend, I would urge you to come. Regardless of what you think about the event, it’s still the only place where the majority of Christian media professionals gather in one place for the week. You can check out the conference and schedule here. There are plenty of highlights. I’ll be doing
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Note to Christian Media: Get Real

The day after the Oscars, Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein wrote a searing column in the Times about the need for the Oscar telecast to get a reality check. He wrote that it’s now painfully obvious that the Oscars need a face-lift. Ratings are down dramatically, and younger viewers are leaving in droves – 25% down from last year. But as I read his post, I couldn’t help think of comparing his criticism to religious media, which needs to wake up from a similar dream. The truth is, many of Goldstein’s complaints about the Oscars really parallel religious media.
For instance:
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Jesus Junk

This blog first appeared as an column in the June issue of Charisma Magazine:

My alarm goes off at 5:50 sharp every morning, so I drag myself out of bed and head to the garage where I keep my exercise equipment and treadmill. While working out, I often turn on various TV channels to keep track of the early morning round of TV evangelists. I’ve been producing Christian television programming for thirty years now, and I’m still amazed – and often shocked – at the junk some evangelists pitch on television.
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