Leadership Movies: Facing the Giants

Facing the Giants is a part of Leadership Movies, a series of films with leadership themes. Learn about how you can become a better leader by watching leadership in action.


What is the Movie About?

Facing The Giants
Facing The Giants

Facing the Giants is a Christian movie filmed in 2006 about an struggling underdog football team. It focuses on the personal life of the coach and his players and about how their lives and perspectives changed after they accepted Jesus.

Leadership Takeaways

1. A new perspective takes an organization to the next level.
It was only after the head Coach Grant Taylor received a new revelation or perspective about the football game that he managed to bring them to another level. We can fumble around a lot trying to find solutions for a problem at our current state of thinking, but sometimes it means that the whole organization has to change its perspective to overcome a present challenge.

1. A leader doesn’t just coach one aspect of life.
Coach Taylor did not just teach his football team about football; he taught them about life. A good leader doesn’t just restrict his leadership to his scope of work, but through his example and teaching, lead his players to show how life is to be lived.

1. Look to God for guidance.
No matter how smart you are, there will be points in your leadership journey where you come to the end of yourself. Look to God for guidance and trust Him to carry you through. No matter how bad the situation is, God is a God of resurrection and he can revive any dead situation. He only needs you to trust in Him.

Best Movie Quotes

You can’t judge your father by his actions and yourself by your intentions. It just doesn’t work that way. – Grant Taylor

David, then that’s what you’ll get. –Larry Childers

Brock Kelley: You don’t want us to win games?

Grant Taylor: No. Not if that’s our main goal. Winning football games is too small a thing to live for. And I love football as much as anybody. But even championship trophies will collect dust and one day be forgotten. It’s just that so far this has all been about us; how we can look good, how we can get the glory. The more I read this book, the more I realize that life’s not about us. We’re not here to get glory, make money, and die. The Bible says that God put us here for Him. To honour Him. Jesus said that the most important thing you can do with your life is to love God with everything you are, to love others and yourself. So if we win every game and we miss that, we’ve done nothing. Football then means nothing. So I’m here to present you a new team philosophy. I think that football is just one of the tools we use to honor God.

Brock Kelley: So you think that God does care about football?

Grant Taylor: I think He cares about your faith. He cares about where your heart is. And if you can live your faith out on the football field then yes, God cares about football because He cares about you. He sent His son Jesus to die for us so we could live for Him. That’s why we’re here. But see, it’s not just on the football field; we’ve got to honor Him in our relationships, our respect for authority, in the classroom, and when you’re at home alone surfing the internet. I want God to bless this team so much that people talk about what He did. But it means we got to give Him our best in every area. If we win, we praise Him. And if we loose, we praise Him. Either way, we honour Him with our actions and our attitudes. So I’m asking you: what are you living for? I’ve resolved to give God everything I’ve got. Then I’ll leave the results up to Him. I want to know if you’ll join me?

We weren’t supposed to have a winning season, but we do. We weren’t supposed to advance to the playoffs, but we did. We’re not supposed to be here, but we are. – Grant Taylor

Well, in God’s word He said 365 different times, “Do not fear.” Now if He says it that many times, you know He’s serious about it, don’t ya? – Mark Richt

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Other Leadership Movies

You can find out more about other leadership movies from the list below.

  1. The Pursuit of Happy-ness
  2. Braveheart
  3. Kingdom of Heaven
  4. The Thin Red Line
  5. Saving Private Ryan
  6. Forrest Gump
  7. The Star Wars Trilogy
  8. The Million Dollar Baby
  9. Twelve Angry Men
  10. The Last Samurai
  11. Coach Carter
  12. Ip Man
  13. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  14. 300
  15. Lion King
  16. Facing the Giants
  17. The Blind Side
  18. Remember the Titans

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