UpReach Radio is expected to be up and running this spring, said Pastor
The 24/7 online radio station, housed at www.upreachradio.com, will stream Christian music and ministry programs. In addition, Lawson plans to feature pastors from near and far who will contribute to the broadcast.
He's working alongside his friend
"It'll be based in the
UpReach Radio will be entirely online, accessible from any Internet-connected device such as an iPhone or computer.
"The reason we're doing this is because we're trying to go ahead of technology," Lawson said. "Why not take your radio with you? Why not take ministry with you? ... We're literally able to take the gospel of
UpReach is intended to offer ministry to people at all hours -- "for us to be there when they need us," Lawson said.
In the future, Hinkle said he'd like to broadcast live on Sundays from local church services.
UpReach pledge drives in November raised about
The pastors will host more pledge drives in 2014, he said, with a total goal of
Fresh Fire member
"I'm just really excited about UpReach," Ready said. "I think it's on the forefront of what Christian radio's going to be in the future."
With the 2-year-old Fresh Fire church, Lawson broadcasts "Fire Moment," an Internet program broadcast on weekdays. It began as a way for Lawson to encourage his congregation during the week, but it quickly spread on the Internet to 24 nations.
"It started with our congregation sharing the message on Facebook, Twitter and then it took off. By social media alone, it caught. And people like the presentation," Lawson said. "Now it's more than just a webcam. We have a whole media team. It's a big production now. It's amazing what God has done."
Lawson said UpReach is separate from Fresh Fire church and Fire Moment, and Fire Moment will continue.
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