There are more Christian movies hitting our local cineplex than ever before, which is great news. Two films that come out this monthâ€”Seven Days in Utopia and Courageousâ€”offer pastor resource sites as well as other materials for churches.
Based on the Christian novel Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia, Seven Days in Utopia stars Academy Award-winners Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo.
In the sports drama, young Texas golfer Luke Chisholm (Lucas Black) drops out of the sport after being publicly humiliated during a tournament. When Chisholm unexpectedly gets stranded in Utopia, Texas for a week, he meets an eccentric rancher and former professional golfer Johnny Crawford (Duvall) who teaches him not only about a better swing, but a better way of life.
Seven Days in Utopia is "a rare G-rated film that Christian adults can enjoy without having to leave their values at the altar," according to one pastor.
The film has been heavily marketed to the faith-based community, especially pastors' screenings. The producers have created a ministry resource site, which includes clips, sermon outlines and small group materials. Click here for more information. A faith-based marketing firm based near Hollywood, Grace Hill Media has promoted Seven Days in Utopia through Charisma Media.