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Campus Crusade for Christ Ministry: The JESUS Film Project

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Basic Information:

  • Executive Director: Jim Green
  • Founded: 1979, by Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International
  • Headquarters: Orlando, Fla.—The JESUS Film Project’s international headquarters and Master Studio for post-production of language translations and special video projects

Purpose:

The purpose of The JESUS Film Project is to provide people of every nation with the opportunity to learn about Jesus in their own language through film.

The "JESUS" Film:

Originally distributed in 1979 by Warner Brothers in theaters nationwide, the two-hour "JESUS" film remains perhaps the most influential movie in motion picture history. With more than 900 separate language translations and more than 6 billion exposures globally, the film is often shown in remote, third-world locales using a makeshift screen and portable projector—often bringing audiences their first look at a movie image.

In 1950, Bill Bright, the visionary behind the project and co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, dreamed of creating an artistically excellent, biblically accurate film about the life of Jesus Christ that could be translated and distributed globally. A team of 500 scholars and leaders from secular and Christian organizations eventually joined the project and debuted "JESUS" in American theaters. Since its inception, "JESUS" has become available in 8mm, 16mm and 35mm print, VHS, VCD, and DVD formats.

The Story of Jesus for Children:

Released in 2003, The "Story of Jesus for Children" incorporates 40 minutes of the original "JESUS" film into a new drama about a fictional group of children who lived in A.D. 30., the approximate date of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The Story of Jesus for Children is widely used as an instructional tool in homes, churches, and schools around the world.

JESUS Film Mission Trips:

Volunteers ranging from teenagers to senior citizens participate in one- or two-week trips to some 25 foreign countries to show "JESUS" to area residents. Teams partner with local churches to arrange film presentations and coordinate follow-up with new Christians.

Emerging Generations:

The newest department at The JESUS Film Project, Emerging Generations, develops cutting-edge and culturally relevant products for today’s youth, including DVDs, CD-ROMs, interactive websites, and other new media resources.

A Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International:

The JESUS Film Project is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International, one of the world’s largest non-profit, interdenominational organizations, founded by Bill and Vonette Bright in 1951. Campus Crusade has more than 27,000 staff members and a ministry presence in 190 countries around the world. Campus Crusade is dedicated to showing people how to know and experience God’s love and plan for their lives.

The JESUS Film Statistics:

Official statistics as of October 1, 2006 -

  • "JESUS" Film Translations Completed: 971
  • Number of Different Languages: 983
  • Translations in Progress: 217
  • "JESUS" Film Prints in Circulation: 16,883
  • "JESUS" VHS, DVD, and VCD in Circulation: 42,703,646
  • Viewing audience since 1979: 5,493,874,000
  • Indicated decisions for Christ as a result of the film: 232,458,043
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