InTouch Ministries
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InTouch Ministries

In Touch Ministries is an American evangelical ministry founded by Charles Stanley, the pastor emeritus of First Baptist Atlanta and the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

History

In Touch Ministries began as a television and radio ministry in 1972, one year after Stanley became the senior pastor of First Baptist Atlanta.[1][2]

Stanley, whose Sunday services are broadcast throughout the United States on the ministry's In Touch television program, was rated the third most influential Protestant pastor, behind Billy Graham and Charles Swindoll, in a 2010 survey by LifeWay.[3]

The ministry states "At In Touch Ministries, our mission is to lead people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to strengthen the local church. We remain committed to advancing the gospel from person to person and place to place as quickly, clearly, and irresistibly as possible."[4]

FamilyNet

In October 2007, In Touch purchased FamilyNet, a cable network with mostly Christian-based programming, from the Southern Baptists' North American Mission Board.[5] In December 2009, In Touch sold the network to the ComStar Media Fund,[6] a private company co-owned by Robert A. Schuller.[7]

Purpose

InTouch's stated purpose for existence is sharing the gospel through the teachings of Charles Stanley. The main outreach tools used by the ministry are television, radio, magazine, and the internet.

InTouch's radio and television programs are broadcast in over 50 languages.

Theme

Stanley's teachings are based on biblical principles and life application lessons.[] The televised version is bulleted with key points and the methods through which the issue can be resolved are presented simultaneously with his sermon.[]

References

  1. ^ Nicola Menzie, Charles Stanley's Ministry Launches 'Missing Persons Project' to Regain 'Forgotten Members', christianpost.com, USA, April 26, 2013
  2. ^ John Blake, Two preaching giants and the 'betrayal' that tore them apart, cnn.com, USA, November 19, 2012
  3. ^ Funk, Tim (2010-02-02). "Billy Graham tops in pastor survey". The Charlotte Observer.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ InTouch.org, the homepage of In Touch Ministries; accessed September 22, 2018
  5. ^ "NAMB completes FamilyNet sale to In Touch". Baptist Press via the Florida Baptist Witness. 2007-11-07. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "ComStar Media Fund acquires FamilyNet Television and FamilyNet Radio". Satellite Spotlight. 2009-12-11.
  7. ^ "FamilyNet sold again". Baptist Press via the Florida Baptist Witness. 2010-01-26. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved .

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