The church that made “Fireproof” and “Facing the Giants” announced its next movie during its service Sunday night – “Courageous,” a film about fatherhood that the church hopes will convict men to rise up and be spiritual leaders of their children and families.
Alex and Stephen Kendrick, associate pastors at Sherwood Baptist Church, told church members that the script — still being written — will focus on the lives and families of four law enforcement officers. It will be the fourth movie from the church, which saw its last two films, Facing the Giants (2006) and Fireproof (2008), surprise Hollywood and gross $10 million and $33.5 million, respectively. Filming will begin in spring 2010.
Stephen Kendrick said the prayer is for men to leave the theater making the decision that the Old Testament prophet Joshua made when he declared, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
“What would happen if men all over America and all over the world made that decision?” Stephen Kendrick asked.
The movie, Alex Kendrick said, will focus on one of the officers and how he is convicted to be a better father following a tragic event in his family. At one point the lead character says, “I do not want to be a good enough dad. I want to be a good dad honorable to God.” He searches the Bible and writes out a “code” for what kind of father he wants to be, and he asks his three police buddies to hold him accountable. All of them are inspired by watching the change in his life, but not all of them end up being godly fathers.
“The media often portrays fathers as weak, selfish, often immoral,” Alex Kendrick said. “But we know the healthier home is when a father is engaged and involved with a purpose. … It is our desire that when men walk out of the theater, they will ask themselves what kind of man they are and — if they are a father — what kind of father they are.”
Added Alex Kendrick, “Is this [movie] likely to be controversial? You bet. But are we going to back down from what the Lord has told us to do? No way,” he said to a standing ovation.