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Sherwood to host ‘Men of Honor’ simulcast

A “Men of Honor” conference inspired by “Courageous”will be simulcast Friday to over 500 churches nationwide.

A “Men of Honor” conference inspired by “Courageous”will be simulcast Friday to over 500 churches nationwide.

ALBANY, Ga. — A webcast is taking place at Sherwood Baptist Church inspired by the latest film to be released by the church’s moviemaking arm.

The simulcast, taking place live this week from Sherwood, will feature “Courageous” creators, actors and special guests, and is meant to inspire men in multiple time zones.

Sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources, the two-hour event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. More than 500 churches are participating, including at least one in each of the 50 states, officials say.

LifeWay, based in Nashville, Tenn., presented the idea of doing a simulcast upon the release of Sherwood’s previous release, “Fireproof,” for which 25,000 people were signed up, said Alex Kendrick, co-writer, director and star of “Courageous.”

“They came back to us and asked us if we were interested in doing it again (for ‘Courageous’),” Kendrick said. “They will be bringing the satellite truck from Nashville and hooking it up.

“We are very excited to do it. We think we’ve got material that will encourage fathers to stand up.”

Dubbed “Men of Honor,” the simulcast will feature Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood and executive producer of the film; Stephen Kendrick, co-writer and producer of the movie, and Alex Kendrick.

There will be a live praise, worship and teaching component featuring a roundtable with “Courageous” actors Robert Amaya (Javier), Ken Bevel (Nathan), Kevin Downes (Shane) and Daniel Simmons (William Barrett).

“Courageous,” a 2011 Sherwood Pictures film centered on fatherhood, has sparked numerous Father’s Day activities, with many churches planning sermons and classes around licensed screenings of the film.

At last count, there were 60,000 people signed up to participate in “Men of Honor.” Officials at Sherwood have been told there could conceivably be 80,000-100,000 people listening in on Friday, the “Courageous” director said.

“There are already over twice as many (signed up to listen in) as the last one,” Kendrick said. “We are thrilled that many men are participating.”

The session will start with both Kendrick brothers speaking about specific topics related to fatherhood, then Ed Litton — senior pastor of First Baptist North Mobile in Alabama and an actor in “Courageous” — will be discussing “Seven Commitments of a Man.”

Catt is expected have some remarks in various segments. The roundtable, expected to last 30 minutes, will give those at the table an opportunity to talk about experiences with their fathers as well as answer questions from the audience.

This will be intertwined with songs, videos and messages, Kendrick said.

“Based on the line-up, we are looking at an exciting time,” he said.

The “Resolution” scene in the movie, in which five men publicly resolve to be the fathers God intends, will be re-enacted at Sherwood during its upcoming Sunday morning service in recognition of Father’s Day.

It is also expected that similar ceremonies will be taking place on Sunday in other churches in various communities, if they have not been done already, Kendrick said.

The simulcast will be accessible across the country in venues hosting a viewing, as well as in individual homes. It will be viewed live from North America, Mexico and Canada, while there will be a tape-delayed broadcast for Australia.

Registration is $5 per venue at www.lifeway.com/menofhonor. The cost of the registration will be used to offset the expenses of bringing in the simulcast operation to the church, Kendrick said.

Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

Wonder what the Executive Producer's compensation is?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Good luck getting that question answered, walt. Only he, God, and his investment portfolio manager know for sure.

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Mr_Heatmiser 2 years, 6 months ago

Well, there would also probably be the church finance committee and board of trustees, who all voted and approved it, whatever it is.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Do they approve book royalties, movie royalties, etc? I doubt it. Regular salary.....of course they do.

You all know this is one of my favorite topics and.......no apologies!

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JR 2 years, 6 months ago

Ive come to the conclusion that most of those signed up here for comments motivation to waking up each day is to see what negative stuff they can promote here - on just about every ariticle. It is funny, really. You can expect the same negative stuff from the same ol regular posters. For those who just read comments and not post...start watching the names and the amount of negative stuff they say regardless of the topic. May as well start having fun with it.

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Jacob 2 years, 6 months ago

kind of a negative post you just wrote, wouldn't you say, JR?

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rock 2 years, 6 months ago

5 dollar tickets? What about concessions? Are they going to cost as much as wynsong 16? My only question is; Is Sherwood a church or an entertainment venue? Seems if you are this big into making money and producing movies you can't be really serving the Lord? A man cannot serve two masters!!!!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Come on, rock! You know they will have to pay to run the air conditioning!

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rock 2 years, 6 months ago

Ruby, I have been to sherwood several times and after I left I felt like I needed to pay admission, I went in for a message and got a concert. Very entertaining with little actual worship. Of course one will say, when you sing you pray twice. I have been to concert halls that would not equal sherwood, and these house orchestras. But you have a point about about paying the AC. It was nice and cool and refreshing.

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Cartman 2 years, 6 months ago

Why does a successful Christian venture that didn't cost any of you a dime, bother you so much? Here's a suggestion: If it isn't your cup of tea - don't go. And no. I am not a member of Sherwood.

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Margie 2 years, 6 months ago

I agree with Cartman. The event is by choice, and I can't help but wonder why so many are concerned about Sherwood's business. I wonder what good things that these Sherwood's haters churches are doing in the community to promote good family value. If they are, it certainly has not had an effect on these folks. So sad...

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waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

Has anyone ever thought that when tax free money is being generated, soneone needs to ask where it is going? Just like people question Pheobe's status. At what point does Church income become taxable? At what point should the IRS step in? You tell me, because I don't know and would like to.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

The real money maker "Sherwood Pictures Ministries" which is a business if ever there was one and is making millions upon millions......is also a tax-evading "non profit". That's the funniest joke I've heard in a while.

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Mr_Heatmiser 2 years, 6 months ago

Walt, I've tried to explain it half a dozen times on these forums, but nobody seems to want to believe me. So, here's a link to the IRS explanation if you care to read up on it yourself.

http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=96099,00.html

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Mr_Heatmiser 2 years, 6 months ago

My point is that lots of folks on these forums don't seem to know what a non-profit organization is or what it is supposed to do. You seem to believe that the term "non-profit" means that an organization is supposed to somehow magically wind up the year with expenses exactly equal to its revenues.

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sledge 2 years, 6 months ago

let's see, 500 churches have paid the $5 fee to host the simulcast which will enable over 50,000 people to view the live event. I believe that makes $2500 in income for the event with about a nickle per viewer. Man I can't believe how greedy those folks at Sherwood are!

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redneckgourmet 2 years, 6 months ago

The church doesn't make the movies. Sherwood Pictures makes them and is a for-profit, tax-paying company that is seperate from SBC, as is Sherwood Publishing. You all show your ignorance and jealousy by posting your comments regarding their business. Some people just have to be negative, no matter the truth. Complaining is stupid. Either act or forget.

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Mr_Heatmiser 2 years, 6 months ago

Sherwood Pictures, Inc. is a non-profit.

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Yowsa51 2 years, 6 months ago

The problem with these events (and event-driven churches) is that they are disturbingly self-serving and compromising to worldly standards. The two largest problems facing the church are apostacy in the pulpit, and apathy in the pew. If these institutions are malleable to the world's conformity, then what separates the church from being the "salt and light" that it's called to be?

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waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

There are rules goverening the use of funds from Charities, Non-profits and Not for Profits. There fraud in these programs is rampent. The most recent one being a Veteran's Charity. If no one ever questioned the fund dispersement, this wouldn't have been brought to light. One of the more common sources of re-directed funds are payments for services. Consulting is often the phrase used. Now an Executive Producer is a cost that may be outside this rule, or it may be an abuse of the rule. Either way, there is a free ride being given to these groups. In reality, the group benefits from public services, but pays no taxes to support those services. In other words, the Taxpayer subsidizes these groups. So the Taxpayer should have the right to know where the money is going.

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Mr_Heatmiser 2 years, 6 months ago

I see what you're saying, Walt, and you have a valid point. But, do you also think that the 40% - 50% of this country's population who don't pay any income taxes, in other words, those who are being subsidized by the taxpayer, should also have to make all of their financial records public?

Might not be such a bad idea. I think once folks got an eyeful of what was really going on out there, we'd be switching to a consumption-based tax system pretty darned quick.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, all records should be public EXPECIALLY for non-profits!!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

I expect that Pastor Catt's annual income currently exceeds $1 Million from church salary and movie and publishing royalties. Is the Sherwood congregation aware of this? Do they support (agree) with this? Who manages his investment portfolio? What is his next occupational objective (Southern Baptist Convention President perhaps??) Just wait and we will all see the outcome of what the Bible calls "the love of money".

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bcsb 2 years, 6 months ago

I go to Sherwood and, no, I am not on staff. You ponder where the monies go.........I can tell you that some goes to missions (both here and abroad), some has gone to retire church debt and some is reinvested in future services (movies, etc.) as God leads. As for the members........we realize that we are only sinners saved by grace - nothing more nothing less. The choir does strive for excellence, but it isn't for the congregation - it's a desire to give nothing less than our best to God. The songs of worship and praise are the offerings that many bring when their own words fail them. I would invite you all to attend a service and pray that you come with an open heart and feel free to get your praise on.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

bcsb........you are on DOPE. Ask God to help you Get Off Dope Now! You are too STONED to know what Money is and Where it Goes! You are just a gullible FOOL who won't ask Questions of your Leaders! Have a Nice Day!

PS - If you do develop the Stones to ask your leaders REAL QUESTIONS about the money IN and USE of money IN.......Well then there's Hope for You.

PS: Your phrase "as God leads" is the real kicker in this whole thing. Who determines "as God leads"?????? Right......not you, nor the Congregation.

Feel free to get your Questioning on.............make your Leadership accountable. Ask them a hard question and see where it gets you!!

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