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Outreach produces church resources for 'The Bible' miniseries Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:00 AM America/New_York

Church resource organization Outreach has produced church resources tied to The Bible, a 10-hour TV miniseries to air on the History Channel for five weeks in March.

The five-part miniseries of major Bible stories, from Noah's ark and the Exodus to the death and resurrection of Jesus, received a rousing reception at the International Christian Retail Show last summer during a sneak peak of the project launched by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Best known for producing the TV shows Survivor, The Voice and The Apprentice, Burnett and his wife, Downey, of Touched by an Angel fame, gave attendees a first look at the series, slated to air this Easter season.

"Too many Bible films end up feeling like documentaries, with stilted dialogue, second-class sets and narration that feels like a lecture," said Rick Warren, pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life. "In contrast, this series draws you into the story from the start. The key to its effectiveness is that it lets the Bible speak for itself, without commentary, excuse or qualification, which makes it unique. This is living history at its best."

Outreach created The Bible 30-Day Church Experience Kit along with a small group DVD study and personal guidebook, "so that you can help your church and community experience the Bible in a whole new way," said Eric Abel, vice president of marketing at Outreach. "Many churches plan to launch The Bible 30 Day Experience in conjunction with the miniseries to begin March 3 and conclude on Easter Sunday, but the kit and study can be used anytime of the year to help your church experience the Bible in a deeper, more meaningful way."

Click here to read a column about The Bible miniseries by Downey and Burnett in the February issue of Christian Retailing.

Click here for more information on The Bible 30-Day Church Experience Kit, which retails for $79.99, and here to see a trailer for The Bible miniseries.