Tuesday, September 21, 2010

By All Possible Means

Do you think churches should run film festivals?

It’s been on my heart for a number of years to start a film festival in our church that would be open to the whole city.

By that, I mean it would be a festival that would contain both overtly Christian movies and non-overtly movies/secular movies with a redemptive theme. I thought to myself – if I was a not a believer, what kind of event could we run at our church so that someone like me might come?

That, and coupled with the thrill (and slight terror) of putting together an entire film festival, prompted me to pray and ask God and the church if this was the right way to proceed.

So next year, our church will be hosting the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival. It’s open for submissions for filmmakers from across the world. The goal is to connect filmmakers with audiences through films that encourage, challenge and inspire us to wholesome values and a greater understanding of the human journey.
It’s a joy and a passion to see what the LORD will do. As the Apostle Paul said – ‘by all means possible.’

As the LORD leads you, would you mind praying for this event? It takes place in March of 2011. If you’d like to learn more you can visit us at www.WinnipegFilmfFestival.com

I offer this as encouragement to whatever the LORD may be calling you to do next. Maybe it will be a book, a script, a play, a devotional, or (gasp) a film festival or movie. Whatever the call, He can use all possible means. Maybe it’s new and out of the norm.

And that might be just what it takes to reach someone with the good news of Christ.

Paul H. Boge is the author of The Urban Saint: The Harry Lehotsky Story and the coordinator of The Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival

1 comment:

Peter Black said...

What a great concept, Paul!
There should be value in such a venture for viewers, whether they are pre-evangelism persons or seasoned Christ-followers.
May the Lord guide you and all involved in bringing this venture together.

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