For a Religious Program: Are Religious or Secular Networks Better?


For the answer to this question, I asked Chris Busch, Founder of LightQuest Media in Tulsa, about the right place for the media buy for your religious TV program. His response? Placement of programming (media strategy) is driven by the objectives of the client. If you don’t know where you’re going, then any strategy will 

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:

TBN’s Surprising Statistics


Paul Crouch Jr. shared some interesting audience survey results from Trinity Broadcasting with me that might start to change assumptions about who the audience for religious television might be.  Because of confidentiality, I can’t reveal the entire survey, but there are some fascinating elements that Paul gave me permission to write about.  For instance, here are the things that stood out:

Giving to Get: A Prosperity Update


Many TV evangelists are rich because of greed. But not their greed. It’s our greed. An earlier generation donated money to help those in need. Growing up, my mother taught us about those “less fortunate” and we gave because the Bible expressed great concern about the poor and suffering. But as I grew up, a concept came along that turned giving on its head.

How Christian TV Got This Way


A reader asked an interesting question the other day:

“Why is it that Christian TV shows do not use secular advertising. I mean you wouldn’t want a Beer commercial airing on your broadcast but what would be wrong with commercials from companies that we purchase from? Some would be car dealers, soft drinks, personal hygiene, etc.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Mine personally are we could get our programming in more stations if we did more advertising other than our own.”

Ron Rhone

The Los Angeles Times on Matthew Crouch and "One Night With the King"


Church pockets fuel his Hollywood crusade
Tax-free donations from his parents’ Trinity Broadcasting Network fund Matthew Crouch’s religion-themed movies.
By William Lobdell and Stuart Pfeifer – Times Staff Writers – October 23, 2006

At the recent premiere of “One Night With the King” in Westwood, movie producer Matthew Crouch took a few moments to offer thanks.

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.