559 Movie Making and God’s Plan – Alex Kendrick

What you will hear in our discussion with Alex Kendrick:

  • Good idea or God idea?
  • Pastor turned actor and movie maker
  • Break into faith-based Movies
  • God's plan in the world of entertainment
  • When God says “YES”
  • When God closes a door

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More about our featured guest Alex Kendrick

PERSONAL: Alex Kendrick has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known among the nations through movies, books, speaking, and prayer.

WORK: Alex and his brothers Stephen and Shannon operate Kendrick Brothers Productions. He and his family are active members at Sherwood Church in Albany, Ga.

MOVIE PRODUCTION: In 2002, Alex founded Sherwood Pictures with the blessing of senior pastor Michael Catt, and began production on their first movie FLYWHEEL with his brother Stephen. Alex wrote, directed, produced, and acted in the film with the help of 60 church volunteers. The DVD went on to sell over a million copies. After an overwhelming response, he partnered with his brother once again to write and produce FACING THE GIANTS. Alex once again acted and directed the film, which was picked up and distributed by Provident Films, a branch of Sony Pictures. Facing the Giants was given a limited theatrical release in

September 2006 and grossed over $10 million in box office receipts. The DVD was later released in 56 countries and has sold over 2.5 million copies. In 2007, Alex and Stephen wrote the screenplay for FIREPROOF, and shot it in Albany with Alex directing and Stephen producing. The film was released in September 2008 and grossed over $33 million at the box office, making it the highest grossing independent film of 2008. Fireproof has since sold over 3.5 million DVDs. Alex and Stephen then wrote COURAGEOUS in 2010, with Alex once again acting and directing. The film made $34.5 million at the box office before becoming the #1 DVD release in America. The DVD is now in 76 countries. More than 15,000 churches have used the movies for ministry and outreach in their communities. In 2014, Alex co-wrote the screenplay for WAR ROOM with his brother Stephen, and shot the feature in Charlotte, NC with the help of 85 churches.

The film was released theatrically in August of 2015 and became the #1 movie at the box office. It was subsequently released in 20 other countries in theaters. To date, Alex has received over 30 awards for his work. His other acting credits include the films The Lost Medallion (2013) and Mom’s Night Out (2014).

AUTHOR: Alex and his brother Stephen have co-authored multiple bestselling books. Their latest book entitled, The Battle Plan for Prayer, made the New York Times best-sellers list, along with their novel War Room, based on the movie script. Previously, they authored the NY Times bestseller, The Resolution for Men, which challenges men to become strong leaders and fathers. In the spring of 2008, Stephen and Alex coauthored The Love Dare, challenging couples to build their marriages on unconditional love. The Love Dare became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than 30 languages. The Kendricks worked with Thomas Nelson and Tyndale publishers on the novels of FLYWHEEL, FACING THE GIANTS, COURAGEOUS, and FIREPROOF, which became a N.Y. Times bestseller in 2008. Their book The Love Dare Day by Day is a 365-day devotional for couples. LoveDareStories.com

SPEAKER: Alex has been a featured speaker at marriage, filmmaking, and men’s conferences across the US, including five national simulcasts. He has spoken at churches, universities, film-festivals, and numerous seminars in America, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

OTHER: Alex has been interviewed by Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, Fox News, CNN, Glenn Beck, Dr. Phil, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, and a host of other television, radio, and print outlets. Alex graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. He also attended Bryan College in Dayton, TN, and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for additional study. He served on the ministerial staff at Sherwood Baptist in Albany, Georgia for 15 years. Before Sherwood, Alex served as a college minister at Roswell Street Baptist in Marietta, Ga. He was also a Christian radio announcer for five years in Atlanta.

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  1. Charles Batchelor on April 1, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Alex Kendrick,

    The head of our Christian Songwriter’s Group Posted your info on Facebook. My name is Charles and I have over 350 Songs and a friend named of mine, John, has another 500 just waiting to be used in Christian Movies. Music styles date from 70’s to the 90’s in Jazz, Ballad, Latin, Contemporary and Celtic along with some Country between the 2 of us.

    I’d like to see John’s music get used for he is very talented and not as healthy as I am and it would be a dream for him to have his very meaningful music used, so if you could contact me that would be great. Neither one of us has ever had the time, nor income to live out our “Higher Call” but we keep on striving for the Prize.

    The Website I have posted is my own and not Johns, as he does not have one that I know of. That man is totally “everything” and in the past when I gave him 15 songs he’d have them all memorized by the 3rd day. He plays the guitar so well I forget to play the keys and lose my place for being so amazed at his abilities. (lol)

    When you go to my Song Site what you hear (mostly) are songs as they were created. I can put lyrics to any song, almost. So if you have a song and need lyrics, I’m your guy.

    Charles of “Higher Call” Music

  2. Lynn and Elizabeth on March 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    My name is Lynn Dvorak. I’m 67. I first saw “Facing the Giants”. I connected with it because I played football in school. That movei brought me a river of tears and a joy I’ve never felt before. Each movie brought the same, until “War Room”. That one was nothing BUT tears and halaleujahs. God has changed me through your movies.
    He inspiried me to do some writings, not to keep, but to share. I would like to share them with you. Maybe you can either use them or get them to the ones who really need to hear and feel God’s love. Is their an email I can send to?
    My email is: seniorsoldier01@gmail.com. or
    I would love to hear from you.
    May you have a BLESSED day!

    • relaunch on April 2, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Hi Lynn and Elizabeth. Thank you for listening to the podcast with Alex! And for sharing your kind words. He and his team are changing the world for Christ!
      I’ve interviewed quite a few of his actors and wanted to share those with you as well.
      Shannen Fields – Facing the Giants
      Erin Bethea – Fireproof
      TC Stallings – War Room

      God bless you and we wish you all the best!

  3. Lori miller on March 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Love all there movies and I have The battle plan for prayer book. They are so Awsome I can’t wait until the next movie comes out!!!!! Thank you guys sooooooo much!!!!! God bless ya!!!

    • relaunch on April 2, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Hi Lori,

      Thank you for listening to the podcast with Alex and for your kind words. Part of my mission for the ReLaunch show is to spread God’s word. Your comments mean a lot to us!
      If you haven’t yet listened to the other episodes with his actors as well as other God-centered performers, I highly recommend them.

      Shannen Fields – Facing the Giants
      Erin Bethea – Fireproof
      TC Stallings – War Room

      By the way, here are some of our best faith-based interviews that you’ll enjoy as well.

      God bless you in a powerful way!

  4. John Heffley on March 28, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Very cool

    • relaunch on April 2, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Thank you for listening John! Are you a Christian? We’ve interviewed several of faith-based actors and performers.

    • Delphia on May 16, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Arctelis like this make life so much simpler.

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