Jun 17, 2013

Should You Use the Superman Movie in Your Children's Ministry?

Many of the children and families in your ministry will see the new Superman movie.

Some are saying it's a great tool to connect people to Jesus.

Even the producer, Warner Brothers, is hoping the "Man of Steel" crosses over into churches.  In fact, they are aggressively marketing the movie to pastors, having invited them to early screenings, created Father’s Day discussion guides and produced special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.

The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday.   Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages and ask the question, "How can the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?”

There are definite parallels between the life of Superman and Jesus.
  • The movie focuses on the origins of Superman, who was sent from the planet Krypton as an infant to save his species.
  • He is raised by surrogate parents who help him grapple with his special powers, even though they don’t fully understand the source of his extraordinary abilities.
  • As a boy, he is shown wrestling with his superpowers, and asks his earthly dad, Jonathan Kent, “Did God do this to me?”  His father answers, “Somewhere out there you have another father and he sent you here for a reason."
  • When he turns 33, Superman must willingly sacrifice himself to save the human race.
  • During a fight with his archenemy, General Zod, Superman plunges down to Earth, his arms outstretched as if he were being crucified and then he rises again.
What do you think?

Are you going to use this movie to connect kids and families in your ministry to Jesus?

What are the pros and cons of using the movie in this way?  

Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

4 comments:

I was very enthusiastic about the message of hope and sacrifice in the film, up until the end. I was on the fence throughout it because of the mass quantities of wanton destruction and off camera but inevitable casualties, but when Superman kills Zod, I struggled with endorsing the film to the point of taking a group of teens or showing clips in church.
I'm leaning toward no.

At the beginning of June, we started a Superhero series in our Kids Church. We are learning how to be a superhero (No fear - 2 Timothy 1:7, Power Up - Acts 1:8), and we are comparing Bible heroes to modern day superheroes (David and Batman, Sampson and Hulk, Moses and Captain America). The series will end with a comparison of Jesus and Superman.

My husband and I saw Man of Steel on Saturday. It was a fantastic movie, and we noticed a lot of the Christian themes...but I have no plans of showing scenes from Man of Steel to the kids. Actually I wouldn't point kids to any of the modern super hero movies, even though I've seen all of them. The movies are clean overall, but they always have some element that isn't appropriate for kids (sex, language, violence). Since every parent allows his/her kid a different level of exposure to those things, I don't feel like I could point any of them to these movies.

I am not going to show clips of the movie. but I did buy the cape for sale @ walmart. Cause every kids ministry needs a good superhero cape!

I don't think we'd ever use this on a Sunday morning, but I think there is great value in watching movies like this with my own kids and discussing, and also getting teens together for movie & a discussion.

In my past, I've formed a week-long devotional series on "Hercules". And I just got done watching The Lord of the Rings with my kids. Over the past month, we've had great discussions on evil, heroes, and friendships.

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