Success Stories

When you show a movie at your church it could allow your church members a relaxing, enjoyable evening with friends… or it could change someone's life for Christ!

Read some stories about churches that have intentionally used movies as an outreach tool and have seen amazing, God-size responses. These churches all have two things in common: they invited people from their community and then followed their event with a discussion, sermon series or small group that explored the themes and biblical concepts from the movie:

Success Story:

When the youth pastor in a Northport, AL church with less than 20 teens, challenged his teens and other youth pastors in his community to reach out and invite students to come see the To Save A Life movie, they had a packed house with only 2 empty seats. They decided to follow up with the youth curriculum and now more than 50 kids are regularly attending, 7 teens came to Christ, 10 rededicated their lives, 3 asked to be baptized, and 4 families have joined the church!

Success Story:

The members of a church in Hemet, CA committed to distribute 1,000 tickets for their four showings of the To Save A Life movie. Plus, they advertised on a local radio station and worked with a few local businesses to distribute tickets to their customers. As a result, over 1,600 came to the showings with 58 coming to their church the following Sunday and 24 people deciding to join a Sunday School class.

Success Story:

A small rural church of 42 members in Guthrie, OK prayed for a creative way to bring the Facing the Giants movie to their town. Deciding to sponsor a summer movie night at their local drive-in, they handed out 1,600 flyers in neighborhood business parking lots and saw 254 cars and over 700 people attend the showing.

Success Story:

A church in Willoughby Hills, OH with a regular film ministry averaging 60 in attendance decided to promote their Movie Event with posters in their community and by asking their congregation to share 400 bulletin inserts with friends and family. Over 650 people attended the event with another 250 attending an encore showing two weeks later.

Success Story:

Looking for a new way to connect with the middle school girls at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, a girls youth group leader advertised showing The Last Sin Eater movie and then held a talk session afterwards. Girls brought friends they had never invited to church before and all the girls begin to spontaneously talk about the film and opened up about issues they had never shared with anyone.

Success Story:

The 12 teens at a church in San Marcos, CA decided to invite people from their school to come to their TO SAVE A LIFE movie event. More than 50 new teens showed up and the majority of them came back to participate in the To Save A Life study.