"The Record Keeper" has been saved, but you may have to wait a bit longer before you can see it.
The General Conference announced Friday night that work will continue on the church's highly anticipated web series.
The Record Keeper, an upcoming dramatic show based on The Great Controversy, was believed to be in danger of not being released.
Adventist college students began a campaign to save the steampunk web series. They created a Facebook page and began releasing videos featuring young people explaining why the series should continue. (You can watch those videos below.)
The "Save The Record Keeper" Facebook page urged people to email the General Conference, where Williams Costa Jr., the communication director for the world church, was "collecting letters of support."
"The feedback that we have received, particularly from young adult members of the church who express excitement about sharing this story with their friends, has helped us to see that The Record Keeper will not only have an important role outside of the church as originally intended, but inside of the church as well," wrote Williams Costa Jr., the Communication Director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The people behind the "Save The Record Keeper" Facebook page said there are some people "who would rather [the web series] not see the light of day." It said there is a dilemma with who is the film's target audience is supposed to be and what will appeal to them.
"The challenges that we currently face have less to do with production than with marketing – what should be the release strategy for a product designed with a specific demographic in mind," Costa Jr. wrote. "With these challenges in mind we are stepping back from our previously announced timeline."
Previously, the release date had been set for February 2014. The new release date has not yet been announced.
The Record Keeper is sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The project was approved and vetted by "many committees," according to Dave Gemmell, Associate Director of the NAD Ministerial Department.
Jason Satterlund of Big Puddle Films is the director. Among the executive producers are Garrett Caldwell, public relations director for the Adventist world church, and two general vice presidents for the Adventist world church, Ben Schoun and Delbert Baker.
Below is the full statement posted from the General Conference: