"He that is not a son of Peace is not a son of God. All other sins destroy the Church consequentially; but Division and Separation demolish it directly…"
Location of The Sound of Music wedding
(Taken by Deb)
How ironic that a documentary lambasting age segregation in the church is itself causing division and separation among God's people. Have you heard of a documentary appropriately called "Divided"? The caption atop the promo states: “One of the most controversial films of the decade: Is modern youth ministry multiplying or dividing the church?”
Looks like the film’s producers were correct. Divided is so controversial that Ron Hunter, executive director and CEO of Randall House, which sponsors the D6 Conference, banned the film. Here is how Charisma News covered the development: (link)
“Divided, a documentary film that raises probing questions about dangers associated with modern youth ministry, has been thrown out of a major conference. Having gone viral with over 100,000 online views, Divided has generated an enormous response in the blogosphere since being released on www.Dividedthemovie.com.
The film's message—that churches should follow the Bible's pattern of ministering to young people, not disregard it—has been deemed as too controversial by organizers of the D6 Conference. That opinion prompted conference organizers to disinvite the film's co-producer, the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, from attending its annual family ministry event in Dallas this week.”
According to the Charisma News article, Hunter wrote the following in an August 29 letter:
"The New DVD Divided does not fit the D6 Conference venue, created for sharing conversations about various biblical methods. Bringing together different biblical models requires grace and acceptance, as we share the path of generational discipleship." Hunter also stated that the NCFIC is the first group D6 has ever disinvited, even as he admitted that he had not viewed the film Divided before coming to his decision.”
I have taken the time to watch Divided more than once. As the video begins, the logo National Council for Family-Integrated Churches shows up in white letters on a black background. Then the Leclerc Brothers names follow. I wanted to find out who they are. Here is how they describe themselves: (link)
"Philip and Chris Leclerc are the co-owners of Leclerc Brothers Motion Pictures. In addition to creating national award winning commercials, they’ve produced several films some of which have received top prizes at the SAICFF including the Jubilee award. Whether it’s filming deadly sharks in the Galapagos Islands, film expeditions exploring the Amazon rainforest, or shooting with disaster relief teams in earthquake struck Haiti, their variety of production experience lends insight for aspiring filmmakers young and old. As owners of a rapidly growing film company, Philip and Chris work from their studio space in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where they’re currently producing the controversial film “Divided” which addresses a problem with the failure of youth ministry within the modern church."
Hmmm… If you go to the SAICFF website, you will see the words " Copyright 2004 – 2011 Vision Forum Ministries. All Rights Reserved." at the bottom of each web page. And the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest videos were done for Vision Forum. It seems that the Leclerc Brothers have been involved with filming for Vision Forum for a number of years.
It was fascinating to see some familiar names in this 55-minute propaganda video. Here they are in the order of their appearance (not an exhaustive list). The most interesting names to me are in bold.
Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
Britt Beemer (co-wrote Already Gone with Ken Ham)
Brett McCracken (Hipster Christianity)
Tryg Jacobson (founder of Jake's Cafe and Jackobson Rost Advertising and Producer of Divided according to Leclerc website)
Scott Brown (Director of NCFIC and author of A Weed in the Church)
Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Doug Phillips, Esq. (Vision Forum)
Dr. Voddie Baucham
Craig Houston (Westside Baptist Church)
Kevin Swanson (Generations With Vision)
Paul Washer (Heartcry Missionary Society)
Geoffrey Botkin (Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences)
Boyd Dellinger (Heritage Bible Fellowship)
As the credits rolled at the end of the video, Scott Brown was listed as the Executive Producer and Geoffrey Botkin was listed as an advisor. Then I noticed an interesting name — Peter Bradrick — who wrote and produced Divided. Here is some interesting information about Peter. (Scroll down to find his name) (link)
"Peter threw his efforts into developing various farm enterprises after high school. In 2004, his heart to learn more about Godly leadership and ministering to people led him to serve as a Vision Forum intern and later as an assistant to Doug Phillips, president of that ministry, for a season of service, training, and discipleship. In August of 2006, Peter married Kelly Brown. They currently make their home in Wake Forest, NC, where Peter is Director of Operations for the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC) ministry there. Peter also continues to serve on special missions with Vision Forum. God has blessed Peter & Kelly with three precious sons and they are expecting their fourth child in May 2011."
Yes, Peter Bradrick is married Scott Brown's daughter Kelly, who served on the Logistics Team for Divided, along with one of Peter's brothers. Looks like this promo for family-integrated churches really is all in the family.
In the upcoming post, I will review the documentary Divided and provide my insights about this propaganda piece that promotes FIC to the exclusion of everything else. How can they possibly claim that this video is objective?
Lydia's Corner: 1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18 Acts 28:1-31 Psalm 9:1-12 Proverbs 19:1-3