What is InLighten?
Lectionary-based, original short films for use in worship, Sunday school, bible study & classrooms.
InLighten Films is a subscription-based service that releases original, scripture-based short films weekly based on the lectionary calendar. Each short film (3-4 minutes) is matched to a Bible passage, lectionary reading, or theme of the Christian faith. A distinguished network of filmmakers delivers a new premiere every week exclusively for subscribers.
InLighten Films are memorable documentaries or scripted dramas artfully crafted by master storytellers that connect with audiences on a personal level. The diversity of films - whether current or historic, poignant or humorous, local or international - are a valuable resource for Instructors and Preachers in their work of teaching and spiritual formation. The films may be streamed on-line or downloaded and shown during worship, in Sunday school, in bible study, or in a classroom. Our theater-quality content is available only to active subscribers.
Beginning mid-August, you'll be able to create your InLighten Films subscription right on this website. Keep an eye on this page, or subscribe to our newsletter to get updates on our September 1st launch. If you'd like to subscribe prior to the official launch on our site, please reach out via our Contact Us page.
Beginning September 1st, 2019, a new short film will be released on InLightenStream.com each week. Every season will run for fifty-two weeks following the Revised Common Lectionary.
To get access to our full catalogue of films or to create a subscription, please reach out to us through our Contact Us page.
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InLighten Films Pricing
Prices vary by size of congregation and subscription start date.
Your subscription with InLighten Films is not a long-term contract. You may cancel your subscription at any time.
*If your organization has fewer than 100 members and cannot afford the subscription rate, please contact us to discuss.
InLighten Films offers subscription packages that work best for you and your congregation, no matter how small or large. Our subscriptions don't come with a long-term contract, so you can cancel your subscription at any time. Through your subscription, you'll receive access to each new weekly short film based on the Revised Common Lectionary, along with additional behind-the-scenes documentaries and brief discussion guides.
The Founder’s Inspiration
The idea for InLighten Films originated with filmmaker Scott Galloway. A storyteller at heart, Scott’s upbringing as a ‘pastor’s kid’ was similar to many others in his situation...a mixed bag of conformity and mischief along the journey of identifying his own personal faith.
Scott has worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years, writing and directing feature and short films, producing more than 800 television shows for 16 networks and creating an international film festival that celebrates film shorts.
Scott has directly observed the challenges pastors face in preparing to preach and connecting with parishioners from the pulpit. InLighten Films is Scott’s way of introducing ‘Bible-based Short Films’ into the worship experience to visually complement a Pastor-Teacher’s explanation, interpretation, and application of Scripture.
1 Timothy 6:6-19
A farmer learns the value of what he has in an unexpected way.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
InLighten Films use keywords to help you discover new films to engage your congregation. The keywords for "Greener" are: Contentment, Envy, Riches.
InLighten Films provides discussion questions to help you guide your congregation, sermon, bible study group, or youth group after watching the short film. The discussion questions for "Greener" are as follows:
- How do the actions, words and perceptions of the farmer change after the realtor reads his listing?
- Has there ever been a time when a person or event changed the way you see yourself?
- The text warns not to confuse being content with being rich. Why are these two pursuits so often connected?
Lost and Found
A courageous woman seeks to help those lost in the dark world of human trafficking.
15 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
InLighten Films use keywords to help you discover new films to engage your congregation. The keywords for "Lost and Found" are: Searching, Lost, Worth.
InLighten Films provides discussion questions to help you guide your congregation, sermon, bible study group, or youth group after watching the short film. The discussion questions for "Lost and Found" are as follows:
- The film is best illuminated by the second parable of the text, Luke 15:8-10, the “Parable of the Lost Coin.” How does the film mirror the parable?
- The woman who was trafficked speaks of feeling “worthless.” She says Jesus “can’t love me anymore.” Toward the end of the film, she has a redemption of thought. God loves her unconditionally. Why is this recognition important in her life and in ours?
- The woman from After Hours ministry observes, “Sometimes God uses us. We can be the hands and feet and we can go.” How can you do this in your life?