LIGHTS…
CAMERA…
OUTREACH!
Grab a blanket and a bowl of popcorn. Press play. Sit back and enjoy
the show. It’s movie time!
What if you could create an event at your church that is as comfortable
as watching a movie at home, as easy as pressing play on a remote,
and yet offers a powerful opportunity to reach your community for
Christ? Outreach Films invites you to try Summer Movie Nights and
use the power of film to open hearts to the Gospel.
Interested? Then go ahead…pop up some popcorn, sit back in a
comfy chair, and find out how to make Summer Movie Nights work
for your church.
DO YOU BELIEVE?
From the creators of God’s Not
Dead, comes
Do You Believe?
When a local pastor is shaken
to the core by the visible faith
of an old street-corner preacher,
he is reminded that true belief
always requires action. His
response ignites a faith-fueled
journey that will powerfully
impact everyone it touches in
tangible ways that only God
could orchestrate. Viewers will
be challenged to answer the one
question we all must answer:
Do You Believe?
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WHY HOST A CHURCH MOVIE NIGHT?
In a world where the average person sees up to 3,000 marketing messages a day, life is too cluttered
and noisy for any one message to endure. Yet, one thing that has the power to change countries,
jump over emotional walls and reach the places where lives are transformed. What is this thing?
A story.
More than a collection of words or a parade of sentences, a story communicates beyond the head
and finds home in the heart. A story connects us to a truth that is inescapable, an emotion that is
undeniable and an experience that is unforgettable. And the best way to tell a story, the easiest way
to tap into the truth that rests within the framework of a good story is with a movie.
A great story leaves you not just with questions but with the ability to find answers. A great story
lingers longer than today and travels into tomorrow if you know how to tell it.
Ultimately, the best stories in the world all point to the best story ever told: Jesus Christ. And when
you combine creativity and movies with application and truth, you create experiences where truth
comes to life in a new way that’s as old as the dawn of time. And that is a story we all want to be
a part of.
Are you ready to tell a story?
……………………………………………………………
Excerpted from Jonathan Acuff’s article “
Why Host a Church Movie Night
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THE DROP BOX
One winter, a South Korean
pastor finds an abandoned
infant on his church steps and
builds a drop box to rescue any
future babies who may be left to
die on the streets of Seoul, South
Korea.
The Drop Box
follows the
lives of Pastor Jong-rak Lee
and his family as they take in
these abandoned children and
help them find loving families.
(English/Spanish subtitles)
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HOW TO HOST A SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT:
PICK A DATE, PICK A MOVIE
Choose a night that works with your schedule. Make sure it’s a time when staff and volunteers
will be available to help. Once you’ve set the date (or dates), visit
OutreachFilms.com
and browse
through the film library to find a title that’s just right for your event.
ORDER THE MOVIE LICENSING
If you’re showing a film in your church, make sure you have the appropriate license. An Outreach
Films license allows your church unlimited showings for a full year and lets you use the title and
images in your Summer Movie Night promotions. Each license also includes discussion questions
and ready-to-customize promotional resources for print and online use.
PLAN IT
Want to keep things simple? That’s cool. Or go all-out with a theme night and party. It’s up to you.
The important thing is to decide what you’re going to do, what supplies you’ll need, and who’s there
to help. The Movie License includes an event planning guide with suggestions, so be sure to read it!
PROMOTE
Use the promotional tools provided with your Movie License, order invitations online or create your
own. Give church members copies of flyers, bulletin inserts, and tickets to share with their friends.
Ask local businesses to hang a poster on their community bulletin boards. Or visit homes in a six-
block radius of your church and hand out invitations. And don’t forget to post it on your web or social
media sites!
HAVE FUN!
A movie night is an easy church event, so enjoy it. Greet guests, grab a snack, and take in a few
minutes of the film. It’s ok to sit back and smile!
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WHEN THE GAME
STANDS TALL
Inspired by a true story,
When
the Game Stands Tall
, tells the
remarkable journey of legendary
football coach Bob Ladouceur
(Jim Caviezel), who took the De
La Salle High School Spartans
from obscurity to a 151-game
winning streak that shattered all
records for any American sport
and along the way taught his
team about the value of purpose
and significance over the glory
of titles and streaks.
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NEXT STEPS
A Summer Movie Night is an opportunity to get to know your neighbors. Be sure to introduce your
self. Invite people to get to know more about your church. Here are a few ideas that might help:
TELL PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR NEXT EVENT
Got another movie night coming up? Planning a Vacation Bible School or day camp? How about a
community service project? Invite them to take part.
START AN EMAIL SIGN UP LIST
Ask people to sign up for email reminders about events and special services. Tell them about your
Memorial Day service or your Fourth of July picnic. Just remember, your email needs to offer some
thing important. If it becomes another sales pitch, people will block it.
HIGHLIGHT YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES
If your church posts daily inspirational quotes or Scriptures, tell people about it. People are looking
for encouragement, and social media has become the place to share. Consider social media your
next mission field!
GIVE THEM A CARD WITH CHURCH CONTACT INFORMATION
People need tangible reminders. Put together a card with phone numbers, e-mail, social media
sites, and service times. Hand it out and tell guests that they’re always welcome to get in touch.
INVITE THEM TO SUNDAY SERVICES
Asks guests to worship with you this weekend. They’ve already taken the first step and visited your
church, so let them know they’re welcome back any time.
GOD’S NOT DEAD
God’s Not Dead
weaves
together multiple stories of
faith, doubt and disbelief,
culminating in a dramatic
call to action. The film will
educate, entertain, and inspire
moviegoers to explore what
they really believe about God,
igniting important conversations
and life-changing decisions.
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OLD FASHIONED
This romantic-drama centers on
Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who
gives up his reckless carousing and
now runs an antique shop in a small
Midwestern college town. There, he
has become notorious for his lofty
and outdated theories on love and
romance as well as for his devout
belief in God. When Amber Hewson,
a free-spirited young woman with a
restless soul, drifts into the area and
rents the apartment above his shop,
she finds herself surprisingly drawn
to his strong faith and noble ideas,
which are new and intriguing to her.
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PLAN MOVIE NIGHTS FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS
Some films – like
God’s Not Dead
and
Do You Believe?
– appeal to a church-wide audience. Other
titles may work better for specific groups.
YOUTH GROUPS
Show a film that deals with a specific issue teens face. Look for movies that deal with bullying, peer
pressure, or social justice issues such as
The Drop Box
,
Irreplaceable
, and
To Save a Life
. After the
movie, ask teens to share their thoughts. An open discussion provides the opportunity for you to
teach a younger audience how God’s Word applies to their daily lives.
SINGLES/YOUNG ADULTS
Choose a film that deals with relationships. Think big picture: Relationships with friends, family,
co-workers, God. Show this group how our relationships shape our future.
COUPLES
The right movie can soften hearts and remind couples to cherish their relationship. If you’ve planned
a Couples’ Date Night movie, give each couple a simple handout or resource that reinforces the
movie theme.
SMALL GROUPS
Consider using films as a small groups curriculum. All Outreach films come with a discussion guide
that includes supporting Scriptures. Select titles are part of a larger church kit that includes sermons
and a study guide. (Kit purchased separately)
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