About Our Ministry

We believe in using the arts to bring glory to God by making productions that are comparable with Community Theater. To reach people who gravitate towards the dramatic arts, we follow these verses in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. 

“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the Gospel, that I may share in its blessings." 

Many complain about how Satan owns our media; and they are right. Satan controls much of the television, news and movies that we see today. There is pornography that is distributed all over the world that originates right here in this country. Our goal is to try to bring these arts back to God. Many of us enjoy theater, film, and television, but much of it in the Christian world is of a lower quality than those that promote sin and the degradation of society. Our goal is to increase the quality while keeping the message loud and clear; to make plays that are entertaining but filled with God’s Word for this fallen world. Paul says that we should become a slave to everyone to win as many as possible. So for people that relate to God through media, why not develop stories like they see in the movies (stories that do not show sin but rather talk about sin), and see what God has to say about these subjects? Subjects like sex, violence, prisons, betrayal, love, lust. What does God say about these things? 

We do not believe in glorifying sin in this process. As a result, each script is written with much prayer. We give all of this to God and look to Him in all things with this ministry. 

THE AUTHOR 
Zachary T. Francis has a heart and passion for reaching out to all people through the arts. He wants to help reclaim the arts for Christ by bringing a new type of Christian theater that speaks to all people about whom God is and why He came to Earth. He believes that God is not a far away deity, but one that is up close and personal and wants to be part of each of our lives. His plays are God-inspired and come with an entire history in them, as many amazing stories surface as the process unfolds. A Christmas Testimony was the first play written by Zach to be put into production and was performed in December of 2006 at Buck Creek Christian Church. However, since this time, Zach has grown deeper in his understanding of God, his craft and technical elements. He felt that this script required to be submitted fully to God and a complete rewrite was done. This production of A Christmas Testimony is the fourth original production done by him and his wife Susannah. Their other full-length drama script (Grace Beyond Humanity, 2008 & 2009) is currently in the process of being published. 

Zach's creative side is not limited to writing; he has acted for years, is a percussionist for the praise ministry group 1heart with his wife and participates in various other arts ministries. When not in the midst of creating, Zachary works full-time as a microbiologist in Downtown Indy. He and his wife Susannah faithfully attend Southport Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis. 

OUR CAST AND CREW 
The author, mentor, director & several of the cast/crew are members of Southport Church of the Nazarene. However, many of the other cast and crew are from various churches throughout the Indianapolis area. Open auditions were held to gather those people that were called to share the message that this script holds. What is that message? It is how to use the testimony that God gives to each of us to reach people for Him. It also speaks to how each person requires special preparation by God for the “soil” of their heart to be ready for the “seed” of the Gospel, using the Parable of the Sower as found in Matthew 13 (read more under “The Messages”). Through auditions, God provided an amazing cast of dedicated lovers of Christ. From experienced to novice actors, our Father God exceedingly and abundantly supplied all that we needed. So, again, who are we? We are a diverse group of people that love the Lord and want to see His name glorified while people are led to the cross.
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