*Bishop T.D. Jakes is attempting to change the “Hollywood machine” – what has at times been considered a “tool of the devil” by Christians – into a platform to potentially reach millions of unchurched with Christian messages.

Jakes’ film company, T.D. Jakes Enterprises , is concluding film shoots this week in Manhattan for “Jumping the Broom,” an upcoming faith and family movie that follows the clashing of two families from different backgrounds during a weekend wedding..

“We haven’t spoken to each other for a while,” said the well-known megachurch pastor of the relationship between Hollywood and Christians. He looks to widen the lines of communication between the two with the release of his family-friendly film.

Pastor of the more than 30,000-member church The Potter’s House, Jakes told The Christian Post that he was drawn to this film when he looked at the script and saw the many ways it speaks about bringing together people from different backgrounds. The story about a husband and a wife from fictional Taylor and Watson families with divergent socioeconomic backgrounds is also a step – in the bishop’s mind – to de-alienate Christians from Hollywood. It’s a chance for Christians to get their message out through Hollywood’s “megaphone.”

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