The Ordinance

The Ordinance

Texas Churches vs. the Payday Loan Industry



In Texas, nonprofits and cities are taking unprecedented action to fight the payday loan industry and protect the poor. The Ordinance is a documentary that examines the payday loan and auto title loan industry while also following a small Texas town that is fighting for change. In a time when political disillusionment is growing this story serves as an important example of how the best, and worst, of our political system can unite a community.

The film documents the first issue ever that had Catholics, Southern Baptists, and Cooperative Baptists worked together on at a national level. After more than 500 screenings across the country, the film is now available to view on Amazon video.


We’re grateful to the following organizations for their support in producing this film:

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Texas Catholic Conference
Affair Recovery

Amazon Video

Directed by
Brent Gudgel

Produced by
Michael Davenport

Drew Hayes

Rep. Tom Craddick
Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza
Bishop Joe Vasquez
Senator Wendy Davis
Stephen Reeves
Rev. Freddie Haynes
Pastor Ronny Marriott
Pastor Steve Wells
Rucker Preston
Kristen Bulgrien
Ann Baddour
Jennifer Carr Allmon
Jerry Allen