Students learn to take their faith outside at CMF

Originally published in Western Recorder –

BOWLING GREEN — Around 215 students from 23 churches gathered on March 10-11 at Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green for Creative Ministries Festival 2.0.

The purpose of the festival was to teach students and adults alike “how to use their creative talents God has given them,” Peggy Murphy, Kentucky WMU’s Kentucky Changers coordinator, shared.

The end goal of the weekend was for students to be able to “get their foot in the door and to pique people’s interests” so that they could share their faith, Murphy said.

The weekend included workshops on anything from music to juggling to ballooning to canvas art. Each student also sat in a conference titled “Sharing Your Faith” where they received practical training to do just that.

“Sometimes we feel like our gifts should be in a basement,” Lee Webb, author of “Go Outside” and church planter, told the students. “But God doesn’t work in a box and he gives us gifts to use and personality and circumstances.”

In keeping with the theme of his book and that of the conference “Go Outside,” Webb challenged the students to take their faith outside.

The weekend ended with students, alongside their instructors, leading others in worship and demonstrating what they learned through the use of “Rods 4 God,” improv, and other means.

Creative Ministries Festival has been a part of the Kentucky Baptist Convention for years. This is the third year that Kentucky WMU has overseen the festival. (WR)