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Conspire Conference – General Session 4

This session was about story and how important it is for us to tell a story to children called Crayons & Megaphones. This one was a cool one because it was lead by two guys from Disney: Rick Dempsey and Glen Keane. At the end Aaron Reynolds came up to “Connect the Dots” to help us figure out how what was shared fits into children’s ministry.

Rick was first and shared what makes a great story: great characters in a great environment. He also shared what how to develop great stories:

  • Know your audience
  • Good stories have heart
  • Good stories bring relevancy to a deeper truth
  • Good stories break down barriers.

It was really cool to hear from Rick because he is a VP at Disney and a committed Christian and living that out in his job… not in the creepy evangelical way but allowing his faith to influence his interactions and job performance. The other cool thing was that he was instrumental in getting Narnia to Disney. He actually was the primary bridge between Walden Media and Disney. He also brought some video stuff to show us to get us excited about Prince Caspian.

Glen Keane was the next guy to share. Cool tidbit of trivia: his dad is Bill Keane, illustrator of Family Circus who at 80-some-odd years old still is illustrating. Glen shared his story of how he came to commit his life to Christ and how that influences what he illustrates. He created the illustration of Ariel from Little Mermaid. He talked about his inspiration of how he illustrated “Part of That World.” He remembered his longing to be a part of something more when he was searching for God. He imagined a girl who wanted to also be a part of another world where she couldn’t breathe the way she was… It was cool to see him draw her and tell us this. We then saw the clip of “Part of That World.” I will never watch that movie the same again. He did the same sort of thing with the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast.” Yes, he created the Beast. Same thing… I won’t watch that movie the same way.

Aaron Reynolds then came up to connect the dots for children’s ministry. He had some good points:

  • We must know kids
  • Call kids to transformation through ruthless application
  • We must bring the Bible to life for kids

I thought that this segment was unneeded, though. The session should’ve been left to stand alone with Rick’s and Glen’s presentations. I felt that by adding the “Connect the Dots” segment was devaluing my ability to figure out the application on my own and what it meant to me.

One more thought… while I was listening to these guys from Disney, I kept thinking, “And these are the guys we were boycotting a few years ago.”

4 Responses to “Conspire Conference – General Session 4”

  1. liz April 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing what some of us couldn’t attend and see for ourselves. I’d love to hear about the workshops too. What were your favorites – and why?

  2. Courtney Walsh April 24, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    ha. We had the same thought about boycotting Disney just a few years ago! We’re attending the conference as well – and wow. So much to soak up!

    I especially love the “Ruthless Application…” We had the application part, but now it’s time for ‘ruthless!’

    Hope you enjoyed today’s sessions!

  3. henryjz April 25, 2008 at 1:16 am #

    I’ll be blogging the rest of the stuff I go to!

  4. henryjz April 25, 2008 at 1:17 am #


    I, too, like his wording of ruthless application. That is definitely what we need to be doing.

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