Sharon Wilharm NRB conventionIn 2012 Fred bought the domain FaithFlix.com. At the time we didn’t have a use for it, but he bought it with the expectation that at some point we would need it. And we did. After attending NRB Convention in 2013, I felt inspired to start blogging about the faith-film industry.

Faith Flix was conceived as a way to help shine the light on Christian filmmakers and indie films that were being overlooked by the mainstream media. My initial vision was small, but God took Faith Flix far beyond my wildest expectations. It opened doors for us to attend film industry events and meet so many film folks. It introduced me to movies I might have never known about otherwise. it allowed us to share our accumulated knowledge and experiences with others who were following along behind us.

In January of this year God opened up the door for me to take over as Women’s Ministry Director at our church. It wasn’t a direction I expected to go in; I’d never even really participated in women’s ministry activities. But I feel a bit like Dorothy when she steps out of her black and white life and into the world of color. A whole new world has opened up to me. I know without a shadow of doubt that this is where I was designed to be. Everything I’ve done up to this point in my life has been leading up to me ministering and leading women.

I thought I could juggle both worlds. I held on to my film world because it had become my comfort zone. It was my platform. It was what I knew and where I was known. I started writing a filmmaking book. I got input from industry friends. But as I worked on putting it all together and getting it ready for publication, I knew my heart was no longer there. It makes no sense, but I know that as scary as it is, I have to let go of my comfortable past and jump into my new future.

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted

Last weekend I led our women in a prayer retreat. It was all I could think about in the months leading up to it. I spent every spare moment preparing for it. And when it finally came, I knew there was no going back. Speaking to women, teaching them about prayer, leading them to grow in their spiritual lives – this is where I want to be. It brings me a joy unlike anything I ever experienced as a filmmaker.

So I’m saying goodbye to Faith Flix. It will still be archived. It will be there for filmmakers to reference, but from this point on, my blogging will no longer be about faith-based films or even Christian entertainment. Instead, it will be designed to encourage and strengthen women in their Christian walk. It will still include interviews and book and movie reviews. It will also include some guest posts. In many ways it will look the same. But the focus will be on spiritual growth for women.

To all the many men who have faithfully followed Faith Flix, you’re welcome to continue reading. I’m sure you’ll find articles of interest. I’d love if you’d introduce the women in your life to the new Sharon Wilharm blog. I’ll be getting more personal. Sharing stories of faith. I pray it will bless as many or more than were blessed by Faith Flix.

Jeremiah 33: 3 tells us to “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” I’ve called. God’s answered. I can’t wait to see the great and mighty things He has in store. I hope you’ll join me on my new journey. 

Prayerfully Yours,
Sharon

P.S. If you’re a leader at your church, I sure would love to chat with you about speaking to your women. It can be to speak at a luncheon or a conference, or even better, to lead your group in a prayer retreat. You can learn more about me as a speaker at my Christian Women Speakers profile.

 

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker. Her movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe, aired on multiple television networks, and sold in stores and online outlets throughout English speaking countries. She's accumulated dozens of festival accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, numerous Best of Fest awards, and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. She's passionate about storytelling and loves entertaining and inspiring audiences with her filmmaking, writing, and speaking.

6 comments

  1. Sharon, I am so happy for you, but I am also sad. Your films have touched so many lives, & I’m very grateful to have been blessed with getting to know you in that realm. I cannot wait to see how our awesome God works through & in you in this new capacity. Blessings.

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  2. Thank you for serving the filmmaking community and allowing God’s light to shine through your films. I look forward to following you on the next chapter of your journey. You will continue to be an incredible blessing to woman; I know you have been to me.

    Your sister-in-Christ,
    Kathy

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  3. Congratulations on finding this new calling and for the courage to step off into the somewhat unknown.

    I’ve kind of been in that same struggle for the last several years. Men of AIM has been around since 2003, and when the movie stuff started I for a while was adamant that it would NOT pull from the men’s ministry side.

    From 2010 to the present, however, the response to Men of AIM has been dwarfed by the movie side. Movie ministry continues to grow in Peoria, and there is simply no way to replicate the Men of AIM to other areas, so we’re accepting that, continuing Men of AIM in the role it has, but focusing more on planting additional movie ministries.

    From now until this fall, we are praying to build our base of support in order to have a grantwriter (who has a LOT of experience, not just someone who read a book last week) submit a number of grants, and he is highly encouraged by our growth to other states.

    From there, we hope to reach out to the movie teams and marketing teams with our unique approach of not just being another group sending the same email – we’ll include Wednesday updates with which theaters a film plays, EVERY WEEK that it plays in a particular Christian Movie Central area.

    If your travels bring you back up to the Peoria area in particular, but really anywhere a CMC exists, please let me know and while you may not consider yourself in the industry any longer, I’d still be happy to share your event to the nearest CMC along with a note about your past films.

    Prayers for many blessings for you and Fred.

    Rich

    PS. Does this mean you won’t even be at NRB next year when it’s in Nashville?

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    1. Thanks, Rich. We will definitely let you know if we do anything in your area. And we’ll still be going to NRB (as well as the CPE show coming up next month). We’ll just be focusing our interviews and coverage on authors and movies of interest to women.

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