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.

Continue scrolling, or use the navigation circles to the right, to learn more about the project and methodology. If you are simply ready to access the ever-growing database of more than 2700 images and begin using the process, click the button below to learn more about and begin your annual subscription.

The Visual Faith Methodology

Evocative Images

Scripture & Story

Reflective Questions

Here is the methodology. Simple, right? That’s the beauty. We’re already wired for imagery, and that part of our creation is fed by the thousands of images we process on a daily basis. Using more of our brains and souls to explore Scripture opens new pathways for understanding, application, and transformation. While the methodology is simple, it is grounded in decades of research and practice.

These 3 elements are used in partnership, and the order depends on the experience you are designing. As part of your subscription, you’ll have access to a library of videos and other resources highlighting creative ways to use the methodology in ministry, things like – preaching, personal devotions, small group discussions, Bible studies, staff and volunteer training, and more.

Let’s Get Started

The Visual Faith methodology has deep and wide application in multiple ministry models and practices. The idea is not necessarily to do something new, but rather to embed and apply the methodology in multiple ministry settings. Scripture must lead in creating spiritual transformation in individuals and in faith communities. We’re continuing to learn about the power of images as a facilitator for deep, meaningful Scripture engagement.
This project offers ministry leaders access to a database of highly-curated and intently themed images to use in any way you find to apply the methodology. Currently, there are more than 2500 images ready to be used, and this database is ever-growing. The project is a conversation and a community of practice. We’ve already begun the conversation in digital space using #VisualFaith. Leaders who engage with the project with also receive a series of emails and videos laying out multiple ways to embed and apply the Visual Faith methodology in daily ministry in your faith community.
Why photographs?
We use everyday images of our world (and some imaginative ones) because they reinforce the presence of God in our world, and 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 interior lives rather than telling or joining a story.
What kinds of questions do you ask?
We will be sharing more of the Visual Faith Methodology including helpful questions over coming months, as we continue to research its impact through its use.  Here’s what we know:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Questions help people process what they are seeing and reading.
  2. Questions should help people tell what they see in the images and open up the passage of Scripture they are reading.
How does the Visual Faith Process work toward spiritual transformation?
The diagram of Spiritual Transformation on the research page describes the various aspects of what we have discovered gets opened 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 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 gives you these same rights.

Why Do I Need to Pay for Pictures?
There are images 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.  We are beginning with 60+ subject tags and 35+ theological tags. The images are yours to use as you like, but we pray you will use them to engage people with Scripture and with one another.

But our project is about more than just the images. Your subscription 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.

3 Ways to Access the Images

Ind: $149/yr

Team: $199/yr

  • Individual or Team/Group (upt to 5 people) subscription options
  • Access to 2500+ images currently available
  • Access to every new images we curate for the life of your subscription
  •  Images are downloadable to your computer or device
  • Use the images in any way you wish – print, digital display, share, etc.
  • Access to application ideas, training videos, and support
  • Early learning opportunities of ongoing research findings
  • Ideal for endless application – preaching, group discussion & facilitation, Christian education, personal devotions, experience debriefing, and more

Launch Sale! $39.99

  • Physically printed images mailed to you
  • Size: 5.5in x 8.5in
  • High quality images, free of pixelation
  • 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

COMING FALL 2016!

  • Creatively engage Scripture anywhere, anytime
  • Unique user experience
  • Access to application ideas, training videos, and support
  • Early learning opportunities of ongoing research findings
  • Ideal for personal devotions, small group discussion, mentoring & discipleship

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.
View the Sample Image Gallery

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, read research findings, and more.
Learn 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.
Submit your Visual Faith story

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