The Church will offer a window into the mind of a rattled and confused extremist church member as she attempts to make sense of her newly fractured life. When you start to take away the beliefs instilled in people over the course of their entire lives, it can cause a multitude of reactions. The Church will explore the cause and effect of those reactions. Taking place in the present-day midwestern United States, this project follows Abigail, an early 20s youth leader in an extremist Baptist church. The church has a very particular sentiment towards hating homosexuals and anyone not associated with their church. Abigail has never been too sure of her future, but she has always envisioned it having a lot to do with her church. However, when Abigail falls for a man who turns out to be gay, it shakes her belief system and values to the core. Abigail must now discover who she really is. The screenplay for The Church is a culmination of inspiration, research, and application. The first chapter explores the potential challenges incurred during the writing process, such as writing a script within the foundations and precedents of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth; infusing the themes of coming-of-age, loss-of-innocence, and unrequited love into a feature length screenplay centric to a taboo concept; and facing my own limitations as a writer. The second chapter discusses literary and thematic influences that will be utilized to create the narrative voice, the characters, and the story world. Finally, the third chapter examines how this research will provide solutions to these anticipated issues and culminate into my thesis screenplay, The Church.