JESUS Film Church Planting Strategy (JFCPS)

The JESUS Film Project has a history of introducing people to the Gospel, resulting in thousands of lives being impacted for eternity.

In order to build on that strong foundation, ensure continued effectiveness, and develop a strong discipleship component through a new church planting strategy, the JESUS Film Project went through a revisioning process in January 2010.

As the first step in this transition, the JESUS Film Project was retooled, revised and renamed as the JESUS Film Church Planting Strategy (JFCPS).


Designed for sustainability and multiplication, the team identifies a local church who has a vision for the spiritual needs of those living in the surrounding villages. They then train Church leaders (Action Group), show the film and challenge them to plant a church in a new location.

Six to ten individuals from that local church form an Action Group and are trained to follow-up and disciple new believers. Once the film is shown in the new location, home groups are then formed with the individuals that accept Christ. After eight weeks of discipleship training, the home groups will then join into one group, forming a new church plant with a minimum of 15 adults. They are then challenged to reproduce themselves in at least six months. The JFCPS team then moves to another location to repeat this cycle.This multiplication was not a guaranteed outcome through the coverage strategy, but now tied in with a church planting and discipleship strategy, it’s bearing much fruit for the Kingdom of God.

Impact Results

As discipleship became a stronger component, hundreds of individuals embarked on a journey from a simple acknowledgment of the Gospel message to a committed follower of Jesus Christ.

Today, the JFCPS is in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The JFCPS has also developed a key partnership with Water for Life Initiative (WFLI) in Benin, Tanzania, and Togo, resulting in a more holistic approach to ministry. Thousands of individuals experience spiritual and physical health; villagers experience the pure, disease-free water they so desperately need and the door is then opened for the JFCPS to share about the Living Water.

Through this strategic partnership, spiritual growth and transformation have taken place too!

As a result, there have been

  • 1,359,481 people have attended a JESUS film showing
  • 139,346 lives have been spiritually impacted
  • 2,003 new church plants

(Note: these stats include results from the partnership with the Water for LIfe Initiative)


I would like to give to this strategy
"I have encountered many problems in my life and often considered giving up. I thank God that when I watched the JESUS film I saw that Jesus was able to help people overcome their problems. I have decided to ask Jesus to help me to deal with the struggles that I am facing."