This is part six of the conversation with Timothy Puko. To read them in sequence, click here.
Well, the news media's business model is totally broken. (And we'reoff to a very Sabbathy start.) There's no denying that. One thing: Itdoes seem like a clean break. Where on the Net did you find that storyabout Newspapers? At a magazine's Web site. After music downloading,social networking, porn, shopping and youtube, where do people gomost? Sites run by newspapers and other established newsorganizations. The demand is still there, but the businesses justhaven't found a way/realized the need to make the new medium profitfriendly.
Adventist media will need semi-wholesale changes. Satellite is good.But the next generation of Adventists is not going to be satisfied tosit around after Sabbath reading the Visitor. Those times are over.Obviously, church programs and services will follow the money, but asfor what media the next generations of Adventists will support, well,I don't have enough degrees to tell you.
- Show quoted text -PukoOn 9/1/06, Alexander Carpenter [email protected]> wrote:> Happy Sabbath,>> You are right to point to the scriptures as evidence that God cares more> about effective leadership than the sacrificial scent of good news.>> The God present in the life of Jesus (cleansing the temple, healing the> blind) certainly cares a lot more about means than end numbers - whereas I> sense that many administrators primarily rate church workers on their> loyalty and numbers, (baptisms, web hits, tithe, board votes). Now these are> all important, but frankly quite easy to manipulate as your article so aptly> points out. Middle conference management is especially susceptible to> forgetting that long term success always beats short term numbers however> pleasing.>> Back to Costa Rica for a moment. I had actually heard from a student> missionary friend of mine about the emphasis on baptisms over education.> Reading your details made me realize that similarity with some American> conferences. There exist presidents who actively recruit young converts as> pastors who have not been educated in Adventist religion depts.These dudes> often attend an eighteen month training course and then are given jobs> because they can "finish the work" untainted by a liberal arts education.> While troubling, especially if one wants a well-rounded pastor, reading your> article I realized that these young para-pastors tend to be very dependent> on their administration. Trained in authoritarian contexts, in old methods,> with little access to the historical context of the faith, they prove their> worth via obedience. In fact, the last I heard, Michigan conference doesn\'t",1]