Because of Grácia: A Film and Faith Leader’s Guide

The Because of Grácia Film and Faith Leader’s Guide is a nine-session study curriculum based on the award-winning film. The study equips youth leaders to guide “conversations” around three major themes of the film–dating and relationships, teen pregnancy/value of life, and defending faith in public–and discuss the faith issues teens face today.

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Don’t miss the Mini Leader Guides, available in print and digital via Ingram.

The Mini Leader Guide three-session studies equip youth pastors and small group leaders to explore key themes in the Because of Grácia curriculum: Theme 1 Practicing Friendship will inspire students to think about teen dating, relationships, and sexuality in new ways, encouraging them to first form friendships based on mutual respect; Theme 2 Choosing Life empowers students to address the issues of unplanned and teen pregnancy with confidence, faith, and love; Theme 3 Voicing Faith inspires participants to confront fear and complacency even when faced with opposition from the world around them and helps them realize the gift of personal faith.

Because of Grácia: A Film and Faith Leader’s Guide equips youth pastors and small group leaders to explore the key themes in this award-winning film through a life-changing discipleship curriculum.

The nine-week guide contains three weeks of “Conversations” on three core topics from the film:

  • Practicing Friendship: Dating and God’s design for relationship
  • Choosing Life: Teen pregnancy and the sanctity of life
  • Voicing Faith: Sharing and defending our Christianity in public

The Because of Grácia Leader’s Guide is designed for use with the related Because of Grácia Film and Faith Conversation Guide for students, a unique hybrid experience that offers complementary material for small group sessions, as well as daily reflections for students to use throughout the week in “conversation partner” pairs.  The resulting 45-day experience allows young Christians to pursue discipleship with others, while helping them to wrestle with the difficult issues they’re facing today.

The Because of Grácia curriculum was created to affirm that with God’s amazing and empowering grace, young people CAN live in a new way. Take your students on a spiritual journey alongside Grácia, Chase, and the rest of Eastglenn High as they face life-altering decisions, learning that grace is both the gift of mercy when we fail and our empowerment to live in truth and light.

Chris Friesen

A teacher and pastor by profession and a songwriter and storyteller on the side, Chris Friesen holds a master’s degree in theology from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary at Fresno Pacific University and has worked for years in youth, young adult, and children’s ministry, from the Canadian boreal forest to the inner city. He resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on the Canadian prairies, where he makes music with his wife and six children in the Friesen Family Band.

Michelle Simes

Michelle Simes is a Special Education teacher and homeschool mom who is married to Tom, the writer and director of the award-winning film Because Of Grácia. Michelle has written pro-life and youth curriculum material for schools and churches, and she has worked in ministry to teens and young adults around the areas of chastity and sanctity of life issues. She currently resides in the heartland of Canada, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Michelle and Tom have been blessed with thirty three years of marriage and four beautiful children ages 16-26.

Author: Chris Friesen, Michelle Simes

5″ x 7″ trade paperback, 128 pages

ISBN: 9781947297043


Award winning film, starring Moriah Peters (Best Actress – 7th Annual Life Fest Film Festival) and Chris Massoglia, and directed by 2017’s winner of the Life Fest’s Spirit of Capra Award, Tom Simes.

Major national marketing campaign focusing on 20 U.S. markets slated for initial theatrical release, with key church partners in each market supporting lm and curriculum releases. Marketing and launch highlights Include:

  • Long-lead PR and marketing efforts, major national media campaign for lm and books
  • Featured in Parade Magazine, PR Newswire, Box Office Revolution, The Christian Post, West Coast Media Magazine, Faith, Family and Friends Radio
  • Winner, Best Picture, ICVM Awards, Winner of Life Fest
  • Pre-screenings to pastor groups and conferences for grassroots support
  • Key influencers review and endorsements campaign
  • Direct marketing with youth group site licensing timed with theatrical release
  • Supporting film website with additional resources for curriculum users

Because of Gracia DVD release coming August 2018.

Because of Grácia will move young men and women in truth, challenging all in a life changing message of hope.

Kevin McAfee
Filmmaker, End of the Spear and Last Ounce of Courage
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