What is Jesus Camp?
Jesus Camp. It’s a movie. It’s a book. It’s controversial. It’s legendary. It leaves no one feeling neutral. It was selected by Current TV as one of the top “50 Documentaries to See Before You Die.” Produced in 2006, it is still being seen and impacting lives around the world. To learn more, download my book for free:
Featured in Jesus Camp, the movie are:
Becky Fischer, Kids in Ministry International
Lou Engle, The Call
Pastor Ted Haggard
Children: Levi O’Brien, Rachael Elhardt, Torry Binger
Jesus Camp is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, from Loki Films, about a Pentecostal/charismatic summer camp for children. According to the distributor, it “doesn’t come with any prepackaged point of view” and tries to be “an honest and impartial depiction of one faction of the evangelical Christian community.” Jesus Camp debuted at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and was sold by A&E Indie Films to Magnolia Pictures. Controversy surrounding the film was featured in several television news programs and print media articles in 2006. On January 23, 2007, Jesus Camp was nominated for the 2006 seventy-ninth Annual Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary Feature. It lost to Davis Guggenheim and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.
Jesus Camp is about the “Kids On Fire School of Ministry,” a charismatic Christian summer camp located just outside Devils Lake, North Dakota and run by Becky Fischer and her ministry, Kids in Ministry International. The film focuses on three children who attended the camp in the summer of 2005—Levi, Rachael, and Tory (Victoria). The film cuts between footage of the camp and a children’s prayer conference held just prior to the camp at Christ Triumphant Church, a large charismatic church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City.