They always told me I’d be a TV preacher, and I always told them that was the last thing I wanted to be. Little did I know when I was appointed pastor at FUMC I would become a TV preacher. Not that I preach on TV, but Perceptions was in full swing, broadcasting Monday, Wednesday and Friday on KNOE at 6:45 a.m. It wasn’t long before I was hearing as I walked through the mall or ate lunch in a local restaurant, “Hey, I saw you on TV this morning.”
I took up the mantle of Perceptions from Rev. Stafford. The daily devotionals are encouraging and uplifting in nature, and many of them bring a smile to my face as I prepare for recording. In addition to the TV broadcasts, Perceptions is also heard on four area radio stations five days per week (KNOE FM 101.9, KZRZ FM 98.3, KJLO 104.1, and KXRR FM 106.1) near the 7:00 a.m. hour. Everywhere I go, people tell me how much they enjoy listening to Perceptions on their drive to work. Additionally, many of our first time guests indicate they heard about us on Perceptions. Perceptions is a vital outreach ministry for our congregation, and I’m blessed to be a part of that outreach.
We are making a transition in the Perceptions ministry of which I want to make you aware. Beginning Monday, April 28th, Perceptions will no longer be seen on KNOE-TV. We will, however, now be heard on every FM radio station in the Twin Cities. We move from four to seven radio stations five days per week. Based on the demographics of the company we work with in hosting Perceptions in our area, we can reach more of the people we desire to reach by doing more radio. Who do we hope to reach? The un-churched and the de-churched. It’s a matter of raw numbers. We can reach more people on seven radio stations five days a week than we can with our current design, and we can do it less expensively, too. It’s a strategic decision that will allow us to continue to reach the un-churched in our community, and we can utilize the savings to design new outreach opportunities.
So, though my time as a TV preacher was limited to less than one year, I think I’ll be okay with that fact. If it means we have more guests as a result of Perceptions I’ll really be okay with it. Besides, now that we’re webcasting every Sunday, I’m an internet preacher! Maybe internet preachers won’t carry all the baggage that TV preachers do.
Until next time, keep looking up…