Faith-based films touch and change lives; inspire and encourage believers and provide a special opportunity for an uplifting experience for our families. We have already been blessed by numerous faith-based films in theaters during 2022, including “Lifemark,” “Running the Bases,” and many others. But we are ending this year with an exciting line-up of a wide variety of films coming to theaters. Groups from churches and other organizations can make going to see the films in theaters a fun and inspiring activity as well as an outreach, since people who are hesitant to come to church might accept an invitation to see a movie. We can all get involved by praying for and spreading the word about these upcoming films.
Upcoming Faith-Based Theatrical Releases
Check each film’s website for additional information. Some movies have an option to host showings at your church or organization. Tickets for most movies on this list are available now. Additional films might be added later, so subscribe to bit.ly/faithfilms. For Fathom Event releases you can check fathomevents.com/categories/inspirational/ for updates. Films listed here will show for at least one week except as indicated. For detailed reviews of many of these and other films when they are released in theaters, be sure to check pluggedin.com (from Focus on the Family). **Please note that films showing limited nights (e.g., “fathom events”) often start promptly at the posted show time – usually 7pm – so plan to arrive early.
“It’s Happening Right Here” (1-night 11/3) Human trafficking problem and hope for change. fathomevents.com
“Mother Teresa: No Greater Love” (3-nights 11/2,3, Spanish: 11/7) Tribute to a powerful spiritual witness of authentic Christian charity, and a guidepost for those seeking hope in our times. motherteresmovie.com
“Prophet” (2-nights 11/15,17) Polish Cardinal Wyszyński, imprisoned three years by the communists. later supported Wojtyła who became Pope John Paul II & played a role in the collapse of communism in Europe. fathomevents.com
“The Chosen: Season 3” (Currently scheduled only 11/18-22) The exciting premiere of Episodes 1 & 2 of Season 3 of this dynamic and inspirational series about the life of Jesus as told in the gospels. fathomevents.com
“It’s Christmas Again” (1-night 11/29) Uplifting modern-day family musical about a young man who is transported back to Bethlehem and discovers the real meaning of Christmas – the promised Messiah! itschristmasagainmovie.com
“I Heard the Bells” (3-nights 12/1,3,4) Inspiring story of Longfellow’s beloved Christmas carol. fathomevents.com
“Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon” (3-nights 12/5,6,7) Documentary about Johnny Cash’s return to faith when he was at the end of his rope. fathomevents.com/categories/inspirational/
“5000 Blankets” (2-nights 12/12,13) A woman and her young son set out to find her husband after he has a mental breakdown, sparking a movement of compassion towards those in need and inspiring a city. 5000blanketsmovie.com
“Jesus Revolution” (starts 2/24/2023) Story of the Jesus movement revival which started in the late 60’s and swept thousands of young people (including the author of this article) into the Kingdom of God. From the Erwin Brothers (I Can Only Imagine, I Still Believe). jesusrevolution.movie
Ways you can help these films touch more lives
- Stay informed about upcoming faith-based films by joining the movie email list (at bit.ly/faithfilms) and LIKING sites such as facebook.com/LightinDarkPlace
- Pray! Any successful ministry needs effective prayer (and fasting).
- Help to spread the word via social media, fliers, posters, church bulletins, etc.
- Help your church or organization to organize groups (large or small) to see the films on opening weekend.
- Purchase tickets as much in advance as possible.
See you at the movies!
Stanley Goldenberg has been involved in grassroots promotion of Christian films for over 16 years. He hosts a regular “Movie Connection” program on LIFE-FM (90.9 FM) in Miami. He is also a federal hurricane research meteorologist who has published scientific articles and appeared in numerous TV hurricane specials.
For more on faith-based movies, visit https://www.goodnewsfl.org/topic/culture/movies/