Pray Today for VBS 2017

Yes, you read the headline correctly. 2017? As you read this post, LifeWay's VBS team has gathered for the most important task of the year - developing the Biblical content and theme for VBS 2017. We have reviewed survey answers from approximately 30,000 kids, spent two days dreaming potential themes with VBS and kid ministry leaders from across the U.S., and now it is time to take all of this information and develop a theme. We take this task extremely seriously - with much prayer, ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Which Is Your Favorite Theme?

It certainly doesn't seem that long ago, but VBS 2016 will be 20 years since The Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede revolutionized the way we think about and conduct Vacation Bible School. Take a few minutes to stroll with me down memory lane.  2016: Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface (Psalm 139: 23-24) 2016: Zip for Kids: Jesus Is... 2015: Journey Off the Map: Unknown To Us, Known To Him (Isaiah 30:21) 2015: Zip for Kids: I Am… 2014: Agency D3: Discover. Decide. ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: 10 Tips for a Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede


Now that we are in the final days of the VBS 2015 season (June, July, August) our attention is shifting full steam ahead to VBS 2016 - which just happens to be the 20th big theme since the 1997 release of The Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede. What a radical transformation that theme brought to the world of Vacation Bible Schools everywhere: A theme that permeated every aspect of the event. Daily songs written specifically for the theme and Scripture passages. Teachers enlisted ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Reaching Families for VBS When Your Church is Outside the Bible Belt

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Leigh Ann Stark, Childhood Ministry Specialist, Northwest Baptist Convention.  Reaching families in communities without churches on every corner means building relationships, defining events and creating a buzz that makes people want to be part of it. Family to Family: Bring Friends VBS was designed to attract not-yet-believers to ... Continue Reading