Speaker: Tim Cleary

Website: www.theaetherlight.com

  • Using our imaginations in church is often not encouraged.
  • Our imaginations are critical in spiritual formation, because without imagination we can’t experience life to it’s fullest extent.
  • Faith, Hope, Love – Story (wrote stories to pass faith on), Innovation (believing that their can be something more), Encounter (an invitation to connect with God)
  • It’s important for us to know what God has done so we know what God will do.
  • We cannot tell good stories, innovate, or encounter without engaging our imaginations.
  • We struggle with our imagination because it’s one of the greatest tools for reaching people with the Gospel.
  • We need to use modern stories that are allegories of Biblical stories to share the Gospel with children.
  • When we tell stories we are sharing memories. When we hear stories we are making memories.
  • We need to let children hear and tell stories to help them better understand the Bible.
  • How can we flip the roles in the classroom so children can hear and tell the stories themselves?
  • Get kids in serving roles and allow them to use their gifts, imaginations, and creativity.
  • It’s a command that we sing a new song, but we settle for singing the same ones. We need to embrace imagination and creativity.
  • Too often we tolerate; we need to celebrate.
  • He’s not just the Comforter; He’s the Spark of our creativity and imaginations.
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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.