What do Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Robert Schuller, and T.D. Jakes have in common? All are among the most dynamic pastors and Christian speakers in the world today. And all are part of the program lineup on TBN’s 24-hour Church Channel, one of TV’s most popular Christian networks.
“Here at TBN we were seeing the tremendous potential to reach a whole segment of viewers who wanted to be a part of an active faith community, but for a variety of reasons weren’t necessarily connecting with a local congregation,” explained Paul Crouch Jr., TBN’s Chief of Staff. “At the same time we were aware that there were a lot of dynamic churches and ministries that were producing top quality television programs. In 2002 we launched The Church Channel to tap into those resources and to provide a powerful new avenue to help viewers cultivate a relevant, meaningful worship lifestyle.”
The rapid advance of media technology has ushered in staggering changes in our culture, and nowhere is this more evident than in how Americans view church and worship. While a majority maintain a desire to cultivate a meaningful spiritual lifestyle, many have clearly chosen avenues other than traditional church settings to fulfill that need.
Christian researcher George Barna notes that one-third of all Americans do not attend church on a regular basis. In fact, with the current increase in the nation’s population, Barna estimates that the number of “unchurched” adults continues to grow by nearly a million people annually. Barna’s research has also found that millions of people have come to rely on Christian media as the primary source of spiritual input in their lives.
Bob Higley, Vice President of Cable and Satellite Relations at TBN, noted that church services are among the most watched religious programs on television. “There are 330,000 churches in America and through the Church Channel we’re bringing the best of them right into people’s homes,” said Higley.
Among the most popular speakers that viewers enjoy seeing on the Church Channel are:
Joel Osteen. Pastor of America’s largest congregation, Lakewood Church in Houston, the Rev. Joel Osteen uses both wit and wisdom to deliver a message of hope that has encouraged and impacted millions around the world.
Joyce Meyer. One of America’s leading practical Bible teachers, Joyce Meyer preaches to billions of people around the globe through her television and radio broadcasts. Her no-nonsense style of delivery, mixed with plenty of humor, keep viewers tuning in daily.
Robert Schuller. With over five decades on the air, Dr. Robert Schuller is one of Christian broadcasting seasoned veterans. His Hour of Power television broadcast from the historic Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California is a favorite of young and old alike.
T.D. Jakes. For those who like a little “fire” with their gospel. Pastor T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House church in Dallas offers down-home music and preaching that keep viewers coming back week after week.
In addition, the Church Channel includes daily broadcasts from other nationally renowned pastors and Christian leaders, including James Robison, Dr. Michael Youssef, Paula White, Rod Parsley, Dr. Fred Price, and many others.
“The Church Channel is truly one of a kind,” said Paul Crouch Jr. “It’s the only Christian network in the world devoted to broadcasting the best in church services and ministry programs 24 hours every day. We’ve taken care to select the very best of these programs, with the most dynamic pastors and church leaders, and to bring them to our viewers at the most convenient times throughout the day.”
He added that the Church Channel is one of the most innovative inspirational networks to come along in years. “This is Christian television at its finest.”
Check out the official Church Channel website at www.thechurchchannel.com.
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