When God Left the Building – Block 3 Saturday, April 25th, 11:00 AM – 1:05 PM

  • DIRECTOR: Thom Schultz
  • PRODUCER: Brian Abbott
  • LEAD SUBJECTS: Gabe Lyons, Rick Warren, Reggie McNeal, Thom Schultz
  • TEAM/STUDIO: Group Studios
  • RT: 78 min
  • TYPE OF FILM: Documentary
  • TRAILER URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiwhjsguUC8
  • WEBSITE: whengodleftthebuilding.com
  • SYNOPSIS: Though the vast majority of Americans identify themselves as Christian, they have largely stopped attending church. Some 4000 churches close every year. It’s a major and unprecedented social upheaval. The film follows a church in upstate New York that has seen its attendance plunge from 900 to 40. In addition to external cultural factors that affect all churches, this church disintegrates from the inside from a variety of human storms. The filmmakers compare the demise of the American church to the spectacular fall of another American institution, the Eastman Kodak Company, which declared bankruptcy in 2012.The film concludes with hopeful stories of ministries “being the church” in unusual and effective ways that are transforming their communities. All church groups and missionaries can benefit from dialogue within this film.

Films of Block 3