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Film Depicts Fall of American Churches
Contact: Becky Hodges, 970-292-4245, bhodges@group.com

LOVELAND, Colo., July 25, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new documentary film that reveals the decline of the American church focuses on the spiritual climate in the United States.

The film, titled "When God Left the Building," will be screened August 5 at the Woodbridge Cineplex Theater in Irvine, California. The film's director, Thom Schultz, will accompany the film and lead a live talk-back session following the screening.

"The American church as we know it is dying," Schultz said. "What was once the heart and soul of the community is going away."

"The majority of churches across the country are either stuck or in a state of decline," Schultz said. "Weekly church attendance has dropped to 20 percent of the population, and this trend has resulted in the closing of 4,000 churches per year."

Filmmakers spent three years documenting a church that saw its attendance plunge by 90 percent. "It was a heart-wrenching mash-up of societal upheaval, spiritual confusion and human conflict," Schultz said.

The film also looks at America's megachurch phenomenon, including a visit to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Saddleback pastor Rick Warren said, "We will either have a breakthrough or a breakdown. We'll either have a third spiritual awakening or America will continue in the slow decline of spirituality."

The film also features Red Eye, an unconventional Hollywood-based outreach. Red Eye is known for its humanitarian work in Los Angeles' low income neighborhoods.

A preview of the film is available at WhenGodLeftTheBuilding.com.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. film screening on August 5 are available at WhenGodLeftTheBuilding.com and at the Woodbridge Cineplex Theater the day of the film.

The film was produced by Group Productions, a Colorado-based media company.

Questions about the documentary may be directed to Becky Hodges at (970) 292-4245 or bhodges@group.com.

Images and interviews are available upon request.