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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
"Time of Grace" with Mark Jeske: WELS affiliated?
|Pastor Mark Jeske|
Is the Journal Sentinel correct in making this statement in the article below?:
He [Mark Jeske] is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, but "Time of Grace " is not affiliated with any denomination.
Also ask yourself this question after reading the article: While filming "Time of Grace" does the sanctuary have more of a worship service setting or that of a film studio?
Jeske's Milwaukee-based TV ministry reaches 35 markets
April 3, 2012
While it is semantically correct to call Pastor Mark Jeske a televangelist, it is not entirely accurate. His weekly show "Time of Grace" is syndicated to 35 television stations from St. Marcus Lutheran Church, 2215 N. Palmer St., in Milwaukee's Brewers Hill neighborhood.
But "I don't like the word" televangelist "and never use it," Jeske said. "I don't like the words preach or sermon, either. Why would people who don't want a sermon Monday through Saturday want one Sunday?
"I just talk to people. It's a conversation."
Jeske, a Milwaukee native who came to St. Marcus 30 years ago, lives in an 1880s Cream City brick home on the east side.
He is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, but "Time of Grace" is not affiliated with any denomination.
In Milwaukee, the ministry is seen Sundays at 7:30 a.m. on WDJT-TV (Channel 58), Thursdays at 9 a.m. on WPXE-TV (Channel 55), and Saturdays at 1 a.m. on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4).
At a time when it often feels like the secular and spiritual are at war, it is tempting to see the show as a fruitful partnership between God and mammon. The television ministry has grown because "God is blessing it," Jeske said, but practical techniques and material considerations and technologies also go into its success.
|Time of Grace with Pastor Mark Jeske|
"Time of Grace" has a professional staff of a dozen, including a full-time producer and digital editor who work in a "pretty well-equipped editing suite" in a new school building adjacent to the church. Jeske said most of each show is 26 minutes and 30 seconds "of me talking" in front of his regular congregation, into which studio segments and a "soft ask" for support are sliced.
"Product sales and books I've written are not profit generators," he said. "We almost completely depend on the goodwill of people who find value in the program and want to see it spread."
And the goal is for the show to be self-sufficient in each market.
As a member of the clergy, Jeske was trained as a public speaker, but adapting that skill to television "was a slow, cumulative" process, he said. It required "some mental juggling" to deliver an address aimed at his congregation that also can apply to TV viewers.
"After a while, I became very aware that I've got two audiences and have learned to multitask," Jeske said.
He also avoids references that will sound dated when they finally air. Seasonal episodes - like Sunday's televised Easter message - were taped 12 months earlier. Next year's Easter telecast will be taped this Sunday in front of his 1,100-member congregation.
His first shows a decade ago, were "OK, but we had a lot to learn technically," Jeske said. They were harshly lighted and his black-and-white clergy robes were "terrible colors" to wear on TV. They "drive the camera iris crazy," he said.
A creative consultant told him to get out from behind the pulpit and to wear business clothes to "create a much more colorful, balanced image."
Today's high-definition cameras also require that "every hair follicle has to be perfect."
"I've got to get really girly about my makeup," Jeske said. "Lint or pink powder on my clothes just scream" on camera.
Camera operators shoot his sermon from left and right pews and the aisle, and the director controls things in the editing suite.
"It took a little while" for parishioners to get used to the cameras, but "the lighting is even more off-putting. It's very bright."
Once edited, the shows are duplicated on DVD and sent to each station.
"Time of Grace" uses a national media buyer to find "low-demand" time slots in each market. And because ratings for the show "are vague, expensive and hard to get," Jeske said the ministry uses the number of "people who write or call to measure how we are doing. I think most people trip on us. They are channel-surfing."
But, "if they like you on television, they stay very loyal."
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The worship service schedule on the St Marcus Church [WELS] Website lists this:
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
8:00am with Pastor Mark Jeske
10:30am with Pastor Mark Jeske - Time of Grace
[it is filmed during an actual WELS worship service but not considered affiliated with WELS?]
The Time of Grace website has this description but does not clearly indicate an affiliation:
Time of Grace is an international Christian outreach media ministry that is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible. The ministry uses television, print, and the Internet to share the gospel with people across the country and around the world. The half-hour television program Time of Grace is broadcast each week featuring Pastor Mark Jeske. He presents Bible studies in terms that people can relate to and apply to their lives.
Time of Grace Statement of Faith:
We believe that God has acted purely out of grace to rescue sinful mankind by taking upon himself our humanity in the person of Jesus Christ. We confess that Jesus lived a perfect life, died an innocent death, and bodily rose to life again in order to atone for our sin and redeem us to again live with him in heaven fully restored as God originally intended at the time of creation. We believe in the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being one holy, eternal, and indivisible Divinity yet consisting of three distinct persons in this one Godhead. We believe that God has revealed himself to us through his Word, the Holy Bible, and that the Bible is divinely inspired and without error. We believe that all human beings are terminally sinful and that only through the perfect life and innocent death of Jesus Christ can anyone be saved. We believe we are here on this earth to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible.
Intrepid Lutheran Link about Time of Grace: