Relationship vs. Process - Which Best Describes Your VBS?

The past two years I have frequently spoken and written about replacing the idea of VBS follow-up with the need for continuing the connections established during the week of VBS. This has been an attempt to help us all think about what we do following VBS in terms of relationship instead of a process. There is no doubt we are good at identifying unchurched families and involving their kids in VBS. If there were a VBS report card we would most likely receive a B or possibly even an A for our ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Communicating With Workers

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Ask all teachers to carry a cell phone during VBS so they can call the director if they have a problem or need. Create a group messaging list for emergency messages. People are better than signs for directions. Use greeters to help parents and ... Continue Reading

The Ages Look to You - As VBS Leaders We Must Do Our Part Well

I recently wrote that if given the opportunity today, I believe Charles Spurgeon might make kids ministry his life’s calling. He certainly had a deep admiration for those who had the responsibility for kids ministry and believed the title of Sabbath (Sunday) School Teacher as the greatest title and honor a person could have. If he were able to deliver a challenge to those gathering this month for VBS Preview, or to the thousands upon thousands of volunteers who will work in VBS 2015, his ... Continue Reading

Go And Catch The Children - Why VBS Must Be Evangelistic

Until recently I never thought of Charles Spurgeon and children in the same sentence. While he is one of the most famous pastors and prolific writers in the history of the Christian church, he served in an era when “out of sight and out of mind” was the general attitude towards children. It never occurred to me he might have much to say about the importance of kids ministry. However, after reading Come Ye Children, I now believe, that given the opportunity, Spurgeon just might change his ... Continue Reading