Yesterday Alex and Stephen Kendrick (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous) announced a change in their filmmaking aspirations.
After years of prayer, and with the support and blessing of their pastor, Alex and Stephen are expanding their movie making endeavors beyond Sherwood Baptist Church’s walls.
Kendrick Brothers Productions will be launching an independent movie production company designed to partner with believers across the nation and help train the next generation of Christian filmmakers. The Kendrick brothers plan to make their next movie under this new paradigm.
So the Kendricks are still Sherwood members for sure — it’s their company they’ll take outside Georgia church’s purview.
Naturally I commented further on my social-network page:
Intriguing. However: until these well-meaning filmmakers recognize that the purpose of story must go beyond moral edification, entertainment, and especially evangelism, and until they recognize that great movies should not resemble church services (any more than church services should resemble movies), their God-glorifying work will continue to be limited.
[…] Mind you, I believe a great story should morally edify, entertain, and to some extent evangelize. But when Christian storytellers determine that this can only mean certain things — e.g. believing that “evangelism” must mean “include an overt John 3:16 presentation or bust” — then they are limiting the story and themselves.
God as our Creator and Author doesn’t have this limit. Neither should Christian storytellers.
What do you think of this Kendrick movie-making change? Supportive? Critical? Mixed?