From the Archives: Follow-Up Actions That Work

We asked VBS leaders from each state to tell us about follow-up actions that work. Here are a few of their suggestions: Enlist a Follow-up Leader at the same time you are enlisting other VBS team leaders and department directors. Include follow-up as a part of overall VBS planning and preparation, conveying at every opportunity that follow-up is not an after thought, but is a crucial aspect of the effectiveness of VBS. Submitted by Sue Harmon, South Carolina Develop a follow-up ... Continue Reading

More Frequently Asked Questions About LifeWay's VBS

Last Tuesday I shared answers to several Frequently Asked Questions About LifeWay's VBS. Here's a few more. Is it legal to duplicate the Takin' It Home CD? (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE TAKIN' IT HOME MUSIC FOR KIDS/PRESCHOOLERS CD WHICH SHOULD NOT BE DUPLICATED) ANS: Definitely! In fact, we created the CD with the expectation that churches would duplicate one copy for each family attending VBS. The copy found in the Jump Start Kit is designed to be duplicated. Free downloadable files for the ... Continue Reading


Every leader approaches VBS in his own unique fashion. While Bob plans a year or more in advance, Melvin jumps in a few weeks before the big week and pulls it all together in a blur of frantic activity. Most of us, like Sam, fall somewhere in between these two extremes and begin planning about four to six months in advance. Whether you’re an Early Bird Bob, Last Minute Melvin, or Sure and Steady Sam, there is a multitude of actions that need your attention before kids gather for the first day ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Moving VBS Participants to Sunday School

  Sadly far too many churches fail to make follow-up a VBS priority and therefore never see the true benefits of their efforts. They invite the unchurched to VBS but they just don’t know what to do with them afterwards. Follow-up doesn’t happen automatically. The most effect way to capitalize on this yearly harvest of unchurched prospects is to move them from VBS to an ongoing Bible study ministry – Sunday School. How can we move unchurched VBS participants to Sunday School? Here’s ... Continue Reading

Frequently Asked Questions About LifeWay's VBS

  LifeWay's VBS team receives thousands of questions each year through phone calls, letters, e-mail, this blog, and the "contact us section" of Here are a few of the most popular. Where can I get VBS training?   ANS: There is a wealth of training opportunities - both live and online - for LifeWay's VBS. Preview events are held in North Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee each January. Learn more by going to and click on the "Events" tab at the top. There ... Continue Reading

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

From the Archives: Planning for VBS Follow-Up

As we all know too well, VBS follow-up or continued connections does not automatically happen just because we hope or assume it will. Over the past few years the blog has included multiple posts on the importance of being intentional about follow-up. Connections begin during VBS and it is our responsibility to insure those connections are strengthened following VBS. The following five points challenge leaders to make follow-up an intentional part of every aspect of VBS from enlistment of workers ... Continue Reading