After our premiere of the AG3 episodes, “Grave Soaking” and “The House of Generals” we’ve been asked some common questions that we would like to answer here.
Q. Why did you remove the two AG3 episodes from AGTV?
From the beginning of our announcement, we made it clear that these two episodes would only be available for a week (10/25-10/31), but understandably people want to know why, and what the plan is now. First, the series is not completed, which means that the episodes could still be tweaked or changed before the final “locked” version is completed and made available. Second, please understand that the cost of producing these episodes (in addition to the entire series) is something that we need to recoup through sales in order to continue working. Typically, when a film is released, it does not first appear on a streaming service (unless it was made specifically for that streamer, and has enough subscriber support to fund an original series— Netflix, Amazon, etc.). New films typically are only available to buy at first, followed by rental, and finally are made available on a streaming service. The sales help us recoup our costs, which allow us to pay people what they’re owed for their work (editing, music composition, animation, travel, etc.), and gives us the ability to continue to work on other things— in this case, the rest of the AG3 series. Allowing these episodes to remain available through our 3-day free trial would hurt us financially, since no one wants to buy something that’s available for free. We hope to continue to preview future AG3 episodes on AGTV as they are finished to reward our supporters.
Through many of our updates, we’ve described AG3 as a 10+ episode series. In reality, the amount of content we have can create at least 20 or more episodes. The plan at this point is for AG3 to be released in about 5-6 “seasons” containing 4-5 episodes each. That's about 24-30 episodes total. This will give us the ability to release episode content more quickly (in smaller groups) vs. having to wait for the entire series to be done.
Our first season (5 episodes) of AG3 will focus on Bethel Church and the stories of people who have lived in Redding, California and/or attended BSSM. Two of those episodes are on “grave soaking” (and “anointing”) which is a small fraction of the entire series. Other seasons of AG3 will cover other topics and focus in on testimonies from those who were involved in other ministries (IHOP, YWAM, Hillsong, etc.). At this point, we have about 3 of the 5 episodes of season 1 completed. It will take a few more months before they are all completed and available to be released.
Dr. Brown’s Roundtables
As some of you know, Dr. Michael Brown agreed to allow us to publish his uncut interview and roundtable discussions publicly, as long as they are not a part of the AG3 docuseries. We still have some work to do getting those ready for public viewing, but we hope to release those between seasons of AG3.
Finally, I believe there is a benefit to making AG3 more “evangelistic” (like AG1’s format), which focused on the gospel of “Christ Alone”. To accomplish this, I’m considering the possibility of creating an summary version (an episode or a “film” length version) that serves as shorter, overview of the entire series, which I summarize as “rest in Christ.” This version would lead people who are interested in seeing more, into viewing the full docuseries.
Thank you everyone for your feedback and prayers!