Charles Colson Challenges The Church--Live Via Satellite
- 2003 5 May
Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries and co-author of Being the Body (W Publishing Group, April) will address hundreds of thousands in an unprecedented live event, "Being the Body: A Challenge to the Church", which is based on and titled after his book.
On Sunday evening, May 18th, Colson will issue this call to church leaders and laypersons alike, broadcasting live via satellite into up to 2,000 churches nationwide (reaching up to 500,000 people).
Being the Body is a revised and expanded edition of Colson's classic best-selling work, The Body (co-authored by Ellen Vaughn), which won a Gold Medallion, and the first-ever Kip Jordan Book of the Year Award in 1993. The book, which Publishers Weekly says, "...[is] as influential and provocative as its predecessor", takes a powerful look at how far the Church has come in the last decade.
"The job of the Church, living as it does in alien country, must always be to be a beacon of the truth," Colson says. "When we don't do so, we have little influence on the shape and direction of our culture."
W Publishing Group is partnering with Christianity Today, The Parable Group and CCN (Church Communication Network) to bring this event to churches across the country. The partnership between the four entities is the first of its kind.
"This is the perfect partnership because it fits so well with the theme of the book--which is the body of Christ being a unified force for light in the world. By combining The Parable Group's retail expertise, CTi's media reach, CCN's satellite technology and W Publishing Group's publishing leadership, we have together created a milestone event that could not have been accomplished individually," Allen Arnold, VP Brand Strategist, Thomas Nelson Book Group, said.
W Publishing Group scheduled the release of Colson's Being the Body (which includes over 40 percent new content) in the hopes that the powerful message would ignite, intrigue and stimulate churches and Christians well into the next decade. Now, the ability alone to broadcast Colson's address to the Church, live on television, will seemingly catapult the classic call into the 21st century.
"We value our partnership with these three outstanding forces in Christian media. We have an incredible opportunity on May 18th that didn't technologically exist 10 years ago--to deliver Charles Colson's powerful challenge, in-person, to hundreds of thousands of members of the 'Body'," David Moberg, Publisher, W Publishing Group, said. "We're expecting the response from the Christian community to be overwhelming."
The event will be hosted by Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ, and will include a report on the state of the church by special guest David Neff, editor of Christianity Today as well as special music by Christian recording artist, Twila Paris. It will be broadcast on CCN from 6 PM to 8 PM EST. In addition to the live feed, the event will be rebroadcast beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific time (8 p.m. Eastern). Churches can obtain information about the event and about subscribing to CCN by calling 1-800-321-6781 or visiting www.cnnonline.net.