Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Churches Can Use Inspirational 'Soul Surfer' Movie for Outreach

With the nationwide release of the motion picture "Soul Surfer," based on the inspiring, true story of Bethany Hamilton, Outreach Inc., a Southern California-based church marketing and publishing company, aims to equip congregations to reach their communities with resources related to the movie.

"Soul Surfer" is the faith-building, real-life story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination and unwavering faith.

The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. "Soul Surfer" will go out as a wide release via TriStar Pictures, with a broad-based and integrated marketing campaign managed by FilmDistrict.

"I loved this movie and loved watching it with my family!" said Craig Groeschel, founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, a multi-site church with campuses across the country, as well as one that meets entirely on the Internet. "It's engaging and entertaining. I think it will draw a wide audience because of its incredible true story. Bethany Hamilton's story is world-renowned, and this movie turned out to be world class too! "

Outreach, Inc. has produced thoughtfully-crafted resources to encourage congregations with a church-wide campaign using themes from Bethany's story and the motion picture, such as the power of family, the importance of faith and seeking God's direction in life.

"Amid the difficult times we are all facing, Outreach's 'Soul Surfer' resources equip congregations with the materials essential to walk through challenges, deepen their faith and strengthen their relationship with God," said Eric Abel, vice president of marketing for Outreach.

Interested churches, pastors or lay leaders are encouraged to learn more about "Soul Surfer" resources by visiting SoulSurferOutreach.com. The Soul Surfer Church Kit is two kits in one, with resources for both the senior pastor and the youth pastor, including:
  1. "The Heart of a Soul Surfer" documentary
  2. Church leader resources, such as sermons, video clips, planning guides and PowerPoint slides
  3. Youth leaders resources for a four-week study, including video clips and messages
  4. The non-fiction inspirational book for teens, "Soul Surfer: Catching God's Wave for Your Life"
  5. Sample promotional material
The Soul Surfer DVD-based study kit will help small groups, families and teens explore the life lessons contained in Hamilton's story. The study contains the "Heart of a Soul Surfer" documentary, including specific clips to go with the four-week study; promotional videos and trailer from the motion picture; a CD Rom with games and activities; a "Soul Surfer" leader's guide and study guide, with Bible studies and group discussion questions.

Outreach also is making available special promotional material for churches, including postcards, banners, bulletin shells and personal invitations.

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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