Advice from the Experts: Increasing your VBS Potential by Investing in Leadership

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 Linda Epperson, Director of Children's Ministries, Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, Florida. Leadership Counts! Pray for the Lord to give you wisdom on who to ask to serve on the VBS Leadership Team. Develop strong leaders who have a passion for serving the Lord, who will use their gifts to lead, develop, and serve their teams. They become ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Four Reasons Why Handwork is Important to VBS

Handwork (crafts) has been a vital part of VBS since the beginning. Back in 1926, when this information was first printed, Bible schools were typically four weeks in duration and the crafts required multiple days or weeks to complete. Times have certainly changed and we now give much less time to crafts as well as VBS. Whether the craft required 10 hours back then or 20 minutes today, the reasons we include crafts remain the same. Actually, these reasons apply to recreation as well. So, the next ... Continue Reading

5 Essentials of VBS Preparation

I was recently asked how far in advance churches begin preparing for VBS. My answer: "From days to years in advance." There are VBS leaders who begin planning the next year before the current VBS has even begun. On the other end of the spectrum are VBS leaders (quiet often enlisted at the last minute) who begin preparations with just a few weeks or even days to go. I can speak from experience about both. I have been the guy who enjoyed the luxury of time, as well as the guy who had two ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Taking Your VBS to the Next Level

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 Jori Abbott and Lynne Luther, co-directors, First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee. Start planning early – December/January for a summer VBS. Set important dates and deadlines, confirm your budget, recruit workers, and pray! Cultivate relationships throughout the year with community programs that cater to children – day care ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Is Jesus Here?

We're celebrating 90 - that's 90 years of providing the very best VBS curriculum, resources, and training - by going to the archives for ideas and advice that is just as relevant today as the day it was first printed.  "Is Jesus here?" His brown eyes were questioning and a bit puzzled as he looked at me during those first few minutes of his first day in the Primary department of Vacation Bible school. I looked into his wistful face and realized he was a lad who had not attended Sunday school. ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Reaching Unchurched Families Through VBS

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 Ginger Owens, Minister of Childhood Education, First Baptist Church Panama City, Florida.   We just completed VBS "Journey Off The Map" with our focus being reaching those who are unchurched. We had 80 families mark the registration card that they do not attend church anywhere! That represents about 40% of the kids ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: What Will Happen to the Registration Cards You Collect During VBS?

A proud church member once showed me a cabinet full of neatly stacked, banded, and labeled registration cards testifying to a decade of successfully attended Vacation Bible Schools. When asked why the cards were being kept for such a long time, the answer was, “We didn’t know what else to do with then and we hated to just throw them away.” I have heard similar tales which leads me to ask, “What happened to the registration cards from your last Vacation Bible School?” Were they discarded in a ... Continue Reading

What Are You Willing to Do in the Name of Competition?

Recently I witnessed a friend and his two VBS directors get slimmed with the cold fermented remains of the weeks' snacks. It was not a pretty sight, but the kids howled and the leaders were great sports - even if extremely messy. It was all for a good cause. The girls and boys had been competing all week to see which group could donate the most to the mission project. Amazingly, the goal of $8,000 was surpassed and almost doubled. For that amount he probably should have been required to visit ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts: Choosing VBS Curriculum

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 Dr. Diane Lane, Preschool and Children's Specialist, Baptist General Convention of Texas. You are looking for Vacation Bible School curriculum and it looks good—bright colors and childish-- but is that important? Then you begin to wonder--what do I really want to have in a Vacation Bible School curriculum? Is it the splash or content? Is ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Why VBS Should Remain a Priority on a Child's Summer Schedule

There was a time, not too long ago, when summers were extended, and unstructured days provided endless adventure from first light until long after interest had been lost in capturing an endless supply of June bugs and fireflies. Except for a short visit to grandparents or cousins, one day usually seemed much like the other. Vacation Bible School gave kids and parents alike something to anticipate. Just one of the simple pleasures of summer, muck like the unmistakable sounds of an approaching ice ... Continue Reading