Takin' It Home CD

The VBS 2015 Takin’ It Home CD helps continue the VBS experience and lessons at home. On the way home from a fun-filled day of Journey Off the Map™, parents can play games and listen to a short recap of the teachings their children received. The CD includes breaks for discussion and a prayer time, creating a bridge between what the kids learned and the family. The Takin’ It Home™ Reproducible CD comes free in the Jump Start Kit or can be downloaded here. You can make as many copies as you ... Continue Reading

JOURNEY OFF THE MAP PROMOTION IDEAS, PART 1

Use Journey Off the Map Stamp on all mail sent from church office during two months before VBS. Journey Off the Map Bug Gliders Tournament in the park. Invite neighborhood kids and families to join you. Hold competitions and award small prizes. Serve snow cones and pass out registration information. Distribute “Ask Me About the Journey” buttons to church members and ask them to wear the buttons two weeks before VBS. With each button include a small card with information members would need to ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Member Involvement

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. Get the pastor on board and excited early. Members will follow his lead. Create non-teaching jobs to encourage less outgoing members to participate. Incorporate VBS songs and Scriptures into the church services early. Create a list of “before ... Continue Reading

Make Training a Priority in 2015

Did you know research shows training has a huge impact on the number of professions of faith resulting from VBS? In some areas of the U.S. statics reveal that for every one person trained to work in VBS there is 1.1 professions of faith. Nationally, we know the years training numbers increase so do professions of faith. The reverse is true as well. Now that you know how important training is to the success of an evangelistic VBS, how do you plan to provide training for your workers? Free ... Continue Reading

Journey Off the Map Brings the Unexpected

"There's blue moss on my leader guide!" "I've never seen a lady bug that color before!" "There ain't any bugs like around where I live!" Why you might ask? Because we're taking a Journey Off The Map for VBS 2015! In this uncharted, unexplored place, you'll hopefully see things like you've never them seen them before! We'll learn about Daniel, who was taken from his familiar home to a unfamiliar place. Yet, in this strange new land, he remained faithful to God who never changes and ... Continue Reading

Tips for Increasing Associational VBS Training Attendance

I recently had a chance to spend time with associational VBS leaders from across Alabama – the State that annually trains more VBS leaders than any other state. Leaders from the four associations reporting the largest attendance in 2014 shared the following tips for increasing attendance. Find a location that is centrally located and stay with it. Ensure the date and time does not conflict with other major community events such as the first day of little league season. If the ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Using Teenagers as Workers, Part 2

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. Restrict cell phone usage during VBS. Partner each teen with an adult worker. Hold a separate training session for teens on “How to be a Volunteer”. Ask teens to sign a contract that clearly states expectations and responsibilities. Conduct a ... Continue Reading

Start Planning Now for Continuing the Connections After VBS

If you haven't already done so, now is the time to begin planning for VBS 2015, and the first order of business is to determine the purpose. You need to answer the question, "What do we want to see happen as a result of VBS 2015?" Once answered, you need to establish goals achieve that outcome. I believe many of us put tremendous time and effort into VBS without first sitting goals or thinking about what we hope to achieve. Of course I hope your ultimate goal is to create the most ... Continue Reading

Creating a VBS Family Experience Designed to Connect, Not Just Celebrate

Family Night has long been part of the VBS tradition. For decades the night has been an opportunity to demonstrate memorized Scripture, songs, and display arts and crafts created during the week. Adapted from the public school PTA parent night, where parents were given the opportunity to meet teachers and review of the progress of their children, VBS Family Night served much the same purpose. Of course, the night was fully sanctioned as an official church event by serving ... Continue Reading