We are wired for imagery. Exploring Scripture through the use of images creates a connection in our biology and our souls that allows us to experience God’s Word in new and transformative ways.

The Visual Faith Methodology

Evocative Images

Scripture & Story

Reflective Questions

That’s the process. Simple, right? That’s the beauty. We are already wired for imagery, so using images allows our brains, hearts, and souls to ENGAGE Scripture, opening new pathways for understanding, application, and transformation. While the methodology is simple, it is grounded in decades of research and practice.

The three elements of scripture, image and questions are used partnership, and the order can vary depending on the experience you are designing.  The images can be used in a wide variety of ministry settings – preaching, personal devotions, small group discussions, Bible studies, staff and volunteer training, and more. 

The VIsual Faith Project is also a conversation and a community of practice.  Learn more about how ministry leaders are using Visual Faith by joining our Facebook Group–The Visual Faith Project on Facebook.  

Visual Faith Tools

The Visual Faith methodology has deep and wide application in multiple ministry practices. We want to help you use it!  So we’ve created a database of tagged copyright-free images to use in any setting you can pair images and create conversations. Currently, there are more than 3500 images ready to download, and this database is ever-growing.
We also know that people love it when you can spread out hundreds of images on a table.  So we’ve created card packs with 100 images each and no repeat images between the packs.  They are big and beautiful and immediately draw people in.  

 

Why photographs?

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 have found they help people stop and reflect on their own stories rather than telling or joining a story.

What kinds of questions do you ask?

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?
Where 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)

How does the Visual Faith Process work toward spiritual transformation?

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 as the process is used.

Who is this process for?
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.
How could a church use the Visual Faith Process?
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.
What is Spiritual Transformation really?

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)

What About Copyrights?

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 hello@vibrantfaith.org we will be happy to connect you with those photographers.

Your purchase of a subscription to the Visual Faith Image Database or a card pack gives you these same rights.

Why Do I Need to Pay for Pictures?

You don’t.  There are images free EVERYWHERE, we know that.  Here’s what’s different about the Visual Faith Image Database.  Your subscription 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 will 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

3 Ways to Access the Images

Ind: $149/yr

Team: $199/yr

  • Individual or Team/Group (up to 5 people) subscription options
  • Digital access to 4000+ downloadable images currently available
  • Access to every new images we curate for the life of your subscription
  • Use the images in any way you wish – print, digital display, share, etc.
  • Access to application ideas, training videos, and support, plus early learning opportunities of ongoing research findings
  • Ideal for endless application – preaching, group discussion & facilitation, Christian education, personal devotions, experience debriefing, and more

Packs of images sent to you ready for use!

  • Physically printed images mailed to you in a few days
  • Size: 5.5in x 8.5in
  • High resolution images, free of pixelation
  • 7+ different sets with completely different images in each set
  • Sets of 100 assorted images or a themed package
  • Access to application ideas, training videos, and support
  • Early learning opportunities of ongoing research findings
  • Ideal for small group facilitation, personal devotions, & faith-based team building activities

FREE Beta version. Download today!

  • Creatively engage Scripture anywhere, anytime
  • Unique user experience that brings Visual Faith to the palm of your hand.
  • Current version contains the Gospel of Luke. The Gospel of Matthew to follow.
  • Access to application ideas, training videos, and support
  • Early learning opportunities of ongoing research findings
  • Current version is only available in the Apple App Store – for now
  • Ideal for personal devotions, family devotions, small group discussion, mentoring & discipleship, team and indiviual spiritual direction and development

Dr. Nancy Going and Jared Rendell share a bit more about the Visual Faith Project’s foundation in our creation and vision of transformation.

Would you like to view a sample?

We’ve brought in a set of 50 images from our database of 2700 and growing. Check out some of the kinds of images we’ve gathered.

What's behind the Visual Faith Project?

There are years of research, testing, curating, and design that have gone into the creation of this project. View videos, research findings, and more.

Have you used the Visual Faith Process recently?

How did it work? What difference did the images make to the experience? What did you learn? We’d love to hear your story.  Join our Visual Faith Project Facebook group to access an enthusiastic group of VIsual Faith Practitioners OR

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