Erick Schenkel
Mon May 2, 2016 · Comments

Our vision, and new website


“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance“ (2 Peter 3:9, NIV).

When I think of the Great Commission, I think of 2 Peter 3 as well. Along with Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples,” Peter reminds us that while the mission is huge, God’s purpose will be accomplished. All we need to do is stay the course.

Together, with your help, we are going to do just that. That’s why today, I’m excited to unveil the new Jesus Film Project® website, with a fresh look, and—most importantly—a clear focus on reaching the world with Jesus.

From the beginning, Jesus Film Project was envisioned by Dr. Bill Bright and Paul Eshleman to be a vehicle for the world to engage the story of Jesus through film. Through the years, we have stayed true to that vision, while pushing into ever-expanding territory.  

Today, "JESUS" is available in more than 1,400 translations. But the job is not finished.

And we now have films that speak to women, children, athletes, diplomats, the abandoned, the privileged, the hopeless and the media-bombarded. Yet more are needed.

If you have a smartphone in your pocket, you can join the 400,000 others who have downloaded the Jesus Film Media app that will empower you to share the gospel through any of the films and languages mentioned above. It is so easy to use; it only takes two minutes of training. But the work is not finished!

More than 1,500 mission agencies in nearly every country on earth have worked to plant hundreds of thousands of churches using strategies and tools of the ministry. Through these joint efforts, billions of people have been exposed to the gospel! But many more are needed to complete the task.

We are not finished because right now nearly 5 billion people have yet to encounter Jesus—and it will take each and all of us to reach them.

And that is simply what Jesus Film Project is all about. We are called to engage the world with Jesus. Every language. Every tribe. Every city. Every person.

And so, with the same vision and passion intact, and with the full backing of our parent organization, Cru, and partners the world over, we intend to accelerate our efforts. You play an essential role in engaging people in your sphere of influence with Jesus through film.

Please join us in inviting even more people to invest their time, talent, or treasure in the greatest adventure—fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission!

The new website, a fresh look and expanded “toolbox” are designed to make it simple for you to become equipped to do just that.

Will you join in this vital effort? Visit our “How to Help” page of the website to learn more.


Erick Schenkel brings a range of experience to his role as Executive Director of Jesus Film Project®. Erick led a church-planting team that established a church and an elementary school in Massachusetts, USA, right after his graduation from Harvard College. While leading this church, Erick earned two masters degrees and a PhD from Harvard in the Study of Religion. During this time, he and his wife, Elizabeth, developed a desire to work in the Middle East.

Erick moved to Central Asia and was director of the non-profit organization. Partnership in Academics and Development, from 1999 until 2012, working in the fields of education and economic development. During that time, the Schenkels also worked alongside Jesus Film® teams in Central Asia. Erick took the lead in starting a Bible school and served as director of a movement of nationally-led churches. Erick then served for five years as Strategy Director for North Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia for Campus Crusade for Christ. Erick became the third Executive Director of Jesus Film Project in March 2012, succeeding Jim Green and founder Paul Eshleman.