“Part of the Disney success is our ability to create a believable world of dreams.” – Walt Disney
Let’s rephrase this just a bit. I’m going to replace a couple words and tell me if it doesn’t ring true.
“Part of the church’s success is our ability to create a believable world of value.”
Disney spends time and money on creating spaces that fuel our imagination and make adults feel like they’ve stepped back in time when you really believed anything (dreams) can come true. That’s the huge key to their success. You can go to Knott’s, Six Flags, etc. where they have themed-environments and it’s not the same. They don’t give you that feeling because they’re more into the thrill-rides then the story and giving people a feeling of dreams can come true.
The church’s success rests in our ability to create value. What do I mean by that? We need to make people feel valued. People need to know the value of the cross, the value of reading the Bible, the value of prayer, etc. In regards to children’s ministry, are we placing true value on our lessons? Does the Bible come to life? Do children want to be the place you’re describing? Do children want to be the heroes of the Bible you’re reading about?
Disney creates a world where kids want to be these characters because they can do anything. No. That’s not the reason. Kids want to be Disney characters (yes, because of the millions that go into professional marketing) because these characters are larger than life and their story is compelling. We have the ability to tell kids TRUE stories of REAL heroes. We MUST value these stories so much that they compel us to tell them in a way that excites children.
If you could reword this quote, what would you put and why?
“Part of the church’s success is our ability to create a believable world of ___________.”