Share Your Takin' It Home Stories

VBS is great for the kids, but what about the parents? If you have read this blog for any length of time you know I am a great proponent of providing VBS for the entire family by including Student and Adult VBS. But what about the parents who are unable or just won't attend? How can we connect with them? The Takin' It Home CD, first introduced as part of the VBS 2014 resources, and is designed to connect parents to the daily activities and Biblical content of VBS. Each family is given a copy ... Continue Reading

6 Reasons To Enlist Key Leadership Now

It's 6:00 AM November 13, 21 degrees outside, and the holiday season is about to get crazy. Why should I be concerned about VBS 2015 today? Even more to the point, why worry about enlisting workers until a few months before VBS? Here are my top six reasons for enlisting key leaders such as age-group directors/coordinators before the holidays: You have a team to join you in prayer. It's never too early to begin praying for the hearts that will be transformed during VBS 2015, and it is ... Continue Reading

Journey Off the Map is Showing Up Everywhere

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The very best part of my job as LifeWay's VBS Ministry Specialist is traveling to training events throughout the U.S. The past few weeks have found me in Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, and Alabama. Each location results in a reunion of old friends and the beginning of many new friendships. I have always known that the most creative people in the church are VBS people, and the interpretations of Journey Off the Map have not been a disappointment. Check out these decorations and ... Continue Reading

What's New in Journey Off the Map: Part 2

As I wrote in a previous post, Journey Off the Map resources are possibly the best LifeWay's VBS team has ever produced. Take a look at these new and improved resources for VBS 2015. BLANK MAP MARKERS – In addition to the Map Markers inside every Preschool and Kids Field Kit, kids can make their own unique Map Markers for games or to trade. The CLOTH DRAWSTRING BAG is perfect for collecting and storing Map Markers. Bag and Blank Map Markers can also be used as an optional craft. EXPEDITION ... Continue Reading