I’ve seen TWR360 mentioned on your website and elsewhere. What is it?
TWR360 allows you to listen to compelling teaching, watch the Jesus film, read and search the Bible, enjoy Christian music, and view videos in more than 40 languages. Even better, it’s a great way to share your faith with people who speak a different language. Check it out at twr360.org. And, if you haven’t already done so, why not download the free mobile app? You can do that from the Android and Apple stores and from the TWR360 site.
I understand you’re an international ministry. What part of the world do you focus on?
TWR’s ministry is a lot like the term most associated with our operations – BROADcasting. It is purposely widespread and not concentrated on any one part of the world. Although our efforts have always focused on unreached and less-reached people outside the United States, we are engaged in ministry on every inhabited continent and maintain four major regional offices in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Isn’t there a danger of evangelistic radio spreading a shallow gospel? You know, people listen and get saved and then don’t dig any deeper and grow in the faith?
That definitely is a danger, and it’s why you’ll find that TWR programs cover pretty much the gamut of Scripture and the Christian walk. On one end of the spectrum are children’s programs such as Pedrito el Pulpo (Little Peter the Octopus) and Happy Children’s Garden, and on the other are J. Vernon McGee’s classic Thru the Bible and Seminary on the Air Online, which helps train leaders for the growing Church in China. We take Christ's mandate to "make disciples" very seriously. After all, our ministry calling is “to reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced.”
What is TWR’s leadership structure?
The board of directors, today led by Chairman Thomas J. Lowell, appoints TWR's president and is responsible for all governance, business and property affairs of the ministry. Overseeing tactical and administrative matters is the Executive Team, which consists of the president, vice president of global operations, chief financial officer, chief information officer, chief development officer and chief personnel officer. The compact makeup of the Executive Team enables it to act quickly and respond nimbly to fast-changing global developments.
President Lauren Libby and the rest of the Executive Team are also members of the Global Leadership Team, on which they are joined by several international directors who oversee the ministry's geographic regions and key administrative functions. The GLT's primary responsibility involves defining and improving processes so that strategic objectives are implemented to ensure the effectiveness of TWR ministry.