City Bible Forum's Reel Dialogue support


City Bible Forum's Reel Dialogue is a creative dialogue between the Christian faith and entertainment culture, with people discovering how common ground can be forged with story tellers, image shapers, and culture makers.

In essence, Reel Dialogue facilitates engagement with films without disengaging people's faith — discussion, engagement and interaction with one another help to bridge the gap between faith and culture.

The events in 2014 & 2015 have been well-received and we have requests for similar events in 2016. The feedback from the audience has been one of appreciation on how easy it is to invite their non-Christian co-workers to these events.

What we hope to develop a series of film-related events that would be an easy for Christians to invite work colleagues and friends. Also, allowing the crowd to engage directly with the panellists who would introduce some of life's bigger questions.

We have had things worked out with this plan: 

• Five to six events in 2016

• Minimum attendance of 50

• 50% of crowd being guests


1. Partner with local film distributors to cross promote these events

2. Partner with local film distributors to get the right films for dialogue

3. Train previous attendees on how to utilise these events for evangelistic purposes

Results: We have been able to secure three films for 2016 through the local distributors and we are looking to show the films in The Screening Room at The State Theatre. The cost is $1000/screening.

The reason for posting this update  is to ask if you would consider sponsoring these events in 2016. Your help with these events would allow for us to keep them at a low cost and accessible for more city workers. We would merely ask for your support of the events. Similar to previous events, we would do the work of coordinating the times, films and marketing. We were hoping to raise $5000 for the cost of the theatre.

Link for support: Reel Dialogue  - On the giving page enter the account number 0132363-001 (Matthews/Australia)

Thank you for your consideration for support of these events. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this request.

This is just one of the various ministry opportunities in Australia in 2016. Please pray for the evangelistic opportunities at our church and in the city with City Bible Forum.


Russ & Cathy Matthews

Reviews by Russell Matthews

Russell loves film. He enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest instalments at the cinema and then connecting this with the Gospel.

He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years and is a reviewer for Insights Magazine, Entertainment Fuse and his own blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events called Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.