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Church People Movie: What’s the Buzz About?

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Recently, I had the opportunity to pre-screen the new movie Church People starring Stephen Baldwin and Chynna Phillips coming to theatres on March 13, 2021. (Joey Fatone is in the movie, too and Mike Lindell, the creator of My Pillow makes an appearance, as well).

To be honest, I was hesitant, as there are few modern Christian movies that are well-made and engaging, with few exceptions (War Room and Fireproof, for example). The Christian genre tends to be cheesy or even patronizing. However, when my husband and I watched the movie screening for Church People and were pleasantly surprised.

Filmed in California and directed by Christopher Shawn Shaw, the movie will be released by Fathom Events.

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Here’s the synopsis of Church People by the film company.

Weary from the showiness and materialism that has overtaken his ministry efforts, Guy (Ramsey) goes on a journey to get back in touch with the heart of ministry and be a real role model to his youth group kids. He makes the difficult decision to cut short his speaking tour managed by his money-focused agent (Faison) after realizing that his reputation has become more fame based than Gospel-driven.

But when Guy attempts to return to regular youth ministry, he is thrust into the throes of dissuading the youth group from performing a strange and potentially blasphemous stunt for the upcoming Easter service, starring a young, zealous new Believer, Blaise. In attempting to manage his youth group while navigating an unexpected love interest in the Senior Pastor’s daughter (Cahill) and being a new father to his grown daughter (Manfredi), Guy ultimately rediscovers and puts on a powerful presentation of why we all need to put our hope in Jesus and not in ourselves.

Our Review of the Movie Church People

Both my husband and I truly enjoyed the film and discussed the theme after.

As churches around the country are trying bolder and more flashy ways to get people in the seats, many churches are forgetting about the reason we go to church to begin with: the gospel.

There’s entertainment around us everywhere. Just pull out your cell phone and you can see cute squirrel videos on Facebook, funny slips on Tik Tok and a visit to YouTube can keep you busy for hours, There’s no wonder churches feel the need to compete and create outlandish stunts or events to bring people to church.

The idea may work to draw the unchurched in, but if they are not learning the real reason for churches – to share the gospel, to read and study God’s Word, to worship Him, to be in fellowship with other believers, they have missed the mark. You may get the unchurched to return, but they will always be looking for the next gimmick, the next crazy stunt, etc.

Church People movie lead actor Thor Ramsey holding a beachball

Sharing the gospel is the single most important responsibility we have, as Christians. We are poignantly reminded of that in Church People.

The casting was terrific!

Church People stars the talented comedian Thor Ramsey, who, along with Wes Halula, and Bob Saenz, wrote the movie. Ramsey plays “Guy” the megachurch youth pastor who is caught between a senior pastor introducing increasingly zannier and more dangerous stunts and and Guy’s desire to find his passion again.

Alongside Ramsey is Michael Monk, starring as Pastor Skip. Pastor Skip, the senior pastor, who wants to do something big to help fill the seats in the church, big enough to make the national news. This big thing would be having an actual crucifixion at a Good Friday service. Pastor Skip is known for wearing a tie-dyed t-shirt.

The dialogue between the two is at the heart of the movie. Are we losing the message of the gospel for the entertainment factor?

Fans of Joey Fatone of boyband NSYNC fame, will also enjoy his persistent, “romantic” character. You’ll even get to hear him sing! I can see NSYNC fans swooning now.

Stephen Baldwin as Chad the greeter in the movie Church People

Stephen Baldwin starred as Chad the Greeter and also served as executive producer of the film. We discussed his character in-depth, after the movie. He was a quirky guy, always in a good mood and seemed to know things before they happened (or as they happened). We questioned who he represented. We settled on an angel. I’d love to know your thoughts on Chad in the movie.

Not only is the movie well made. It is engaging and funny, despite the deep meaning behind the film.

You can watch the trailer of the Church People movie below:

The movie will be shown in select theatres and churches across the United States. To stay up-to-date on the movie and showtimes, visit the Church People website.

Have you noticed this trend in churches? How do you feel about it? When you go to see Church People, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

There’s now a discussion guide – perfect to watch the movie with your family, church or small group and then discuss. You can find it on the Church People Movie website.

Want to win tickets to Church People? Comment below and tell me who you would take with you and why! Deadline to enter is 3/17.

Because of Him,

Sue

Susan is a writer, speaker and the creator of Women of Noble Character ministries. She is passionate about helping Christian women deepen their walk with God through Bible study and creative worship and strengthen their marriages.

She lives in rural North Central Missouri with her handsome and hilarious husband and a myriad of dogs, cats and chickens.

Susan runs on Jesus, coffee and not enough sleep.

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