From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 1)

Worker enlistment is often one of the most challenging aspects of planning VBS. While we wish for a quick and easy way to accomplish this task, the truth is, it takes work. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of producing VBS curriculum, I've been searching through the files for tips that are just as relevant today as they were when first shared. Following are six tips from a 1997 training session led by long-time VBS leader Carr Suter. The Pastor must stress the importance of VBS ... Continue Reading

Overcoming VBS Logistical Challenges

When faced with a logistical challenge such as space, scheduling, or lack of workers, step back and look for a solution instead of obsessing over the obstacle. WHEN SPACE IS A CHALLENGE Combine age groups Reduce the age-span offered at a particular time (children in the morning, teens at night) Look for temporary options such as campers or large tents Rotate leaders into one room instead of kids into multiple rooms Consider using Backyard Kids Club resources which are designed ... Continue Reading

Pros and Cons of Evening VBS

Approximately sixty-six percent of Bible schools are now conducted in the evening. This rapid move from morning to evening results from a variety of reasons including worker availability and cooler temperatures. Before turning your VBS into an evening experience be sure to consider all of the pros and cons including the following: PROS 1. Younger workers and more men are often available. 2. Kids who attend summer school, day camps, and child care are available. 3. It is easier to ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 4

Approximately 24,000 Southern Baptist churches conduct VBS or Backyard Kids Club each year. In many countries - including New Zeeland, Australia and Malysia - VBS is known as Holiday Club. Early Vacation Bible Schools were four weeks long. The first VBS workers were school teachers on summer break and received a salary. Each year approximately 2,500 people make the decision to pursue vocational ministry as a result of VBS. 60,000 to 80,000 people are trained annually to work in VBS using ... Continue Reading