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My 10 Random Thoughts About Religious TV

Here’s my “10 Random Thoughts About Religious Television.”  Let me know if you feel the blessing…

1.  If a pastor or evangelist wears fake hair, he’ll probably lie about other things.

2.  The more outrageous the product offer, the more spiritually bankrupt the ministry leader.

3.  What makes the phones ring is often theologically suspect.

4.  Most “World Outreach Centers” rarely reach outside their neighborhood.

5.  No matter what they say, telethons aren’t about ministry.  They’re about money.

6.  If you think your idea is a “new revelation,” chances are, it’s not.

7.  Media buying is where all the money is in TV ministry.

8.  The bigger the ministry, the more terrified they are of making a mistake.

9.  Too many people say, “God told me to do this.”   With most of those ideas, God would rather not get the credit.

10.  80% of ministries with jets don’t need them.


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    I am only half as smart as Phil…here are my five thoughts…

    1) Most charismatic ministries manage through fear. The staff is terrified of the leader, of a mistake, of being fired.

    2) Most evangelical ministries are more causal and less effective.

    3) You have a greater chance of being royally sc$%#@* by a ministry client than any one "in the world."

    4) Ministries have no problem investing in technical stuff, and no willingness to invest in people.

    5) Any preacher who requires a golf cart to travel from one side of the church to the other needs a reality check or a wheelchair.

    6) The fanicer the title, the emptier the suit.


  2. …but you'd have to top a former client of mine who planned his preaching schedule around churches in cities with great golf courses…  That way he could take the jet, play golf, stop by the church for an evening service, and let the ministry pick up the tab…

  3. Former client had a home for battered women that was secret…the location could not be disclosed for fear of the lives of the women.  The stories that were detailed were heartbreaking.  Years later it was discovered that the home was such a secret that it didn't exist.  Never did, except in her mind.  It was a great scandel in the local area when it broke, but no jail time.

  4. Former client …true story…this TV preacher had to have a jet.  Meanwhile, bills went unpaid, stringing vendors out for 120 days or more, staff salaries were frozen, some cut, all the while demanding 24/7 loyalty and work.

    The pain of others around them was unseen, unimportant.  But that jet…

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