More than just a movie night - using movies for a women's ministry movie night to create an event with impact

Gathering together with a group of other women to watch a Christian movie is high on my list of favorite things.

Pass the popcorn and the tissues. I know there’s a good chance my heart will be softened and my faith stirred before the credits roll.

While there’s nothing wrong with your team “just” hosting a women’s ministry movie night, sometimes we miss the opportunity to make a greater impact.

What if instead of just a one-night showing of a movie, we made it part of an experience?

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Several years back our Bible study group gathered together to watch War Room after we completed Priscilla Shirer’s The Armor of God study.

The movie powerfully drove home the importance and power of prayer.

What if at your next retreat you found a movie that fit with your theme and opted for a movie night instead of an evening program?

The theme at our church this year has been Psalm 71:14-15 about sharing about God’s part in each of our stories.

As the release date for I Can Only Imagine draws near, it occurred to me just how very well the theme of that movie fits with our women’s ministry theme.

Now it’s worth noting, the team did offer a ladies night out at the movie theater to see I Can Only Imagine.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see I Can Only Imagine, please read the synopsis below and check out the movie clip.

Dennis Quaid and Trace Adkins star in this inspiring true story behind MercyMe’s beloved hit song. Running from a troubled home life and a broken relationship, Bart Millard (Finley) found escape in music. Hitting the road in a decrepit tour bus, Bart and his band MercyMe set out on an amazing journey none of them could have ever imagined, in this uplifting, music-filled movie that beautifully illustrates the power of forgiveness and God’s love.

The home entertainment release of I Can Only Imagine features over 3 hours of extras including 7 deleted scenes, 7 in-depth featurettes, an audio commentary, and more!

With the release of I Can Only Imagine on DVD on June 12, 2018, I wonder if they’ll consider a second showing at our church…

I can think of many ways I Can Only Imagine could tie into a women’s ministry event.

Plan a showing:

  • After hosting a workshop on sharing your faith.
  • As the wrap-up of your Bible study on relationships, forgiveness, or redemption.
  • As an introduction to a study of gifts.
  • With a discussion time immediately following (found materials to use here).
  • With the men’s ministry as a date night for couples in your church and community.

You can find church resources for I Can Only Imagine here. Please also be sure to check with your staff about whether or not you need a movie event license.

Movies can be a powerful tool for emphasizing a message.

Something relatable and real happens when we watch a character struggle with their faith.

The next time you’re tempted to “just” host a women’s ministry movie night, consider how you could create an event which makes a great impact. You just might be surprised by how deeply the movie’s message resonates with your women.

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You may also want to read:
How to Host a Memorable Movie Night
How God Can Use Music in Your Ministry – I Can Only Imagine

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