It’s that simple. That’s the beauty of Visual Faith. Humans are wired to appreciate and recognize imagery and using images allows our brains, hearts, and souls to ENGAGE Scripture and one another while opening pathways toward understanding and transformation. Three elements of scripture, image, and questions are used in partnership and can vary in order to create a unique experience of learning, growth, and communication. While this practice is simple, it is deeply grounded in and supported by decades of research.
The Visual Faith practice has vast applications in multiple ministry settings – preaching, personal devotions, small group discussions, Bible studies, staff and volunteer training, intergenerational interactions, and more.
You don’t. There are free images EVERYWHERE, we know that. Here’s what’s different about the Visual Faith Image Database. Your Library purchase gives you access to an ever growing curated image database which is tagged for ministry use. There are 60+ subject tags and 35+ theological and 73+ emotional tags. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to find images for your Scripture and people engagement. The images are yours to download and use as you like.
But our project is about more than just the images. Your connection also gives you access to a growing community of Visual Faith Practitioners. We want to share your and our findings about the impact of Visual Faith on people’s faith and life. Join our facebook group! The Visual Faith Project on Facebook
We use everyday images of our world (and some imaginative ones) because they reinforce that God is present in the every day. They help people make connections with their own experience. We use still images rather than video because we want to help people stop and reflect on their own stories rather than telling or joining a story.
ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT GOD, SELF and OTHERS
How would you describe this image to another person? What aspect of this image most grabs your attention? What story does this image tell?
What story does this section of the Bible tell? How does the Scripture passage relate to your image? What emotions surface as you consider this image? Where might God be in this image?
What would God be doing?
What might God be doing in this passage of Scripture? Where would you put yourself in this image? (If at all.) Consider that passage as you continue to view the image. What is God saying to you from the passage?
How is God inviting your story to be this story or passage?
How does your image help you understand this passage in new ways? How might God be inviting you to follow?
Questions should help people tell about what they see in the images (their story) and open up the passage of Scripture they are reading. (God’s story)
This diagram of Spiritual Transformation on the research page describes the various aspects of what we have discovered happens inside of people as Scripture is paired with images. We are working to further measure elements of Scripture engagement and memory.
We find this to be a compelling method for Scripture engagement for today’s world. We believe that ALL people can be engaged by this process, and want to encourage churches to experiment with its use with all ages and between all generations.
In sermons, in classes, in small groups, in one-on-one discipleship, with families, to equip families, between generations, in pastoral care, in counseling, at fellowship events, at camp, online, on mission trips, with people in the community. You get the picture.
For us at Vibrant Faith, the phrase “spiritual transformation” encompasses all the ways we come to have a more vibrant faith in Jesus Christ. Spiritual transformation is the big and little ways that the Spirit is working to help us to grow into the likeness of Christ.
2 Corinthians 3:18: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness, from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (NRSV)
Many of images in the Visual Faith database and card packs have been carefully curated from copyright free sources. We are allowed to copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes without asking permission and without giving attribution to the photographer. The Visual Faith Project has worked to make sure that the depicted content is not protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. These images were released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.
The other portion of the images were curated from individual photographers who gave Vibrant Faith the rights to use them. Their names are listed as a tag under their images and if you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we will be happy to connect you with those photographers.
Your purchase of the Visual Faith Image Library or an individual card pack gives you these same rights.