Invite Your Church and Community to Experience the Epic Story

Ben-Hur is a major Paramount Pictures/MGM motion picture hitting theaters nationwide on August 19, 2016. Bursting with action—including a new chariot race for the ages—and elevated by Christian themes of justice, liberty & radical forgiveness, it tells the classic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title and separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery and despair.

After years at sea, a breathtaking turn of events sends Judah on an epic journey back to his homeland to seek revenge, where a chance encounter with Jesus of Nazareth (Rodrigo Santoro) transforms his life and leads him to discover grace, mercy and ultimately, redemption. Based on Lew Wallace's timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

These four weeks will draw people to discover the power of redemption in their own lives like never before through these topics:

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Ben-Hur Church Kit

The church kit features access to four video clips from the 2016 movie Ben-Hur and contains everything you need to launch a four-week sermon series to take your congregation and visitors deeper on a faith journey through the themes of the movie. Ben-Hur's action-packed tale of betrayal, revenge, love and redemption, based on Lew Wallace's timeless novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, creates the perfect outreach opportunity.


Included In The Church Kit:

Resource DVD with planning resources and a countdown video

4 customizable sermons

Sample invitation tools

Campaign planning guide

PowerPoint templates and bulletin insert template

Web and social media graphics

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$39.95 (List $49.99)

OUTREACH TOOLS

Direct Mail Postcards

Reach every home in your community with an invitation to your church! These 8.5" x 5.5" oversized postcards feature eye-catching graphics with your customized text on front and a full color reverse side that can be custom printed with your invitation, service times, map and logo!

Every custom postcard order includes:

  • Full color graphics on front and back
  • Custom wording on front
  • Custom church message and series information on back
  • Your logo
  • A map to your location

Plus when you add mailing services you get:

  • Targeted demographic report and list selection
  • The lowest carrier route postage rate
  • Addressing and Post Office paperwork
  • Delivery to your local post office

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Launch A Ben-Hur Sermon Series

Invite your community to experience the epic story at a special sermon series based on the themes of the film. Encourage your members to invite their friends, family, and neighbors to watch Ben-Hur in theaters, and then invite everyone to go deeper with your sermon series. Start planning now by downloading the Ben-Hur Campaign Planning Guide, and promote your series with movie-themed invitation tools!

Ben-Hur sermon titles:

  • WEEK 1: "Love Surprises"
  • WEEK 2: "Love Acts"
  • WEEK 3: "Love Overcomes"
  • WEEK 4: "Love Heals"

Ideas


Spread the Word Online

Feature the trailer on your social media or website, and make sure that people are invited and informed.


Send a Custom Postcard Invitation for the Movie and Series

Direct Mail is still the best way to reach your community with an invitation. Mail a postcard that features images from the movie and includes all information and a warm invitation. For demographic or sending information, contact and Outreach Specialist at 800-991-6011.


Social Media Outreach

Help your members invite others with digital initiatives. Create a Facebook event on your church page, and encourage members to send invites to their friends. Launch a Twitter campaign, asking your congregation to tweet about the movie using the hashtag: #BenHur
Note: Social media images are included in the Church Kit


Ben-Hur Personal Invitations

Equip your members to be inviters with DoorHangers and InviteCards. Encourage your congregation to pray about who God wants them to invite and reach out to.

FAQs

Who are the producers of Ben-Hur?

The film is from LightWorkers Media, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Paramount Pictures, and Sean Daniels Company.

Is this film a re-make of the 1959 film?

This 2016 film is a historical epic action film directed by Timur Bekmambetov and written by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. It is based on the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace and has been termed a "re-adaptation", "reimagining" and "new interpretation" of the novel. Prior film adaptations of the book include the 1925 and the 1959 films of same name. The film stars Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro.

Is Ben-Hur family friendly?

It is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and disturbing images.

Will Ben-Hur materials be available in Spanish?

At this time, only materials in English are available.

Will Ben-Hur be released internationally?

The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on August 19, 2016 in North America, and then in the United Kingdom and Ireland on August 26, 2016 a week after its U.S. premiere.

Will Outreach offer the site license for Ben-Hur?

Once site-license information become available, it will be posted on this page.

Will there be Study Kits or Small Group materials produced for Ben-Hur?

At this time, there are no plans to create additional Study Kits or small group materials for Ben-Hur. The church kit with sermon series is offered in order to equip churches to reach people with a deeper exploration of this film's themes.

What is included in the Ben-Hur Church Kit?

Learn more about the Church Kit.

I purchased the Ben-Hur Church Kit—how do I access the film clips?

Your Church Kit comes with instructions to access the film clips. They are available for streaming use only; not for download. If you have further questions, contact customerservice@outreach.com or 800.991.6011.

Can my church stream our service that includes the Ben-Hur film clips?

Yes, as long as the service is not downloadable, you can livestream the service where the clips are used. You cannot sell DVD recordings of your service that include Ben-Hur clips or post them to a public website (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo) or show the clips on television. The clips are copyright protected and selling them violates that copyright.

Is the Ben-Hur Church Kit available as a digital download?

Yes: Learn more about the Digital Church Kit.