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.