6 Tips for Taking Your VBS to the Next Level

Some of us have been leading VBS for so long it becomes tempting and easy to go into autopilot mode by pulling out the plans from the previous year and just changing the dates. It is even more tempting when we have a great team that is willing to assume the same responsibilities as before. After all, if it ain't broke, why fix it?   The truth is, one of the biggest threats to a great VBS ministry is stagnation. Any ministry - including VBS - that becomes tired and worn out risks the ... Continue Reading

4 Great Things About Blank Map Markers

If you've delved into some of the fun included in the VBS 2015 Kids Field Kit, the learner piece created for each kid in your VBS, you know that one of the fun things about it is that the map/game board and map markers included will allow kids to continue to experience Journey Off the Map™ long after VBS is over. The map includes games kids can play with siblings, friends, and neighbor, all the while being reminded of what they learned at VBS, and being able to share it with others! But we ... Continue Reading

Expressing Appreciation to Your Team

Christmas is when we most often express appreciation the best. Reflecting on the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ - leads us to think of all that others have done to bless and enrich our lives. Giving tokens of appreciation just comes natural at Christmas. But what about the rest of the year - especially for those VBS workers who are enlisted long after the holidays? The best way to express your appreciation to this army of faithful volunteers is not with monetary gifts but with your ... Continue Reading

Prepping the Building for VBS

Most aspects of VBS prep are obvious. After all, it is essential that workers be enlisted and trained, resources and supplies gathered, decorations created, and snacks assembled. But how much attention do you give to prepping the building? VBS typically requires using space that is not normally reserved for kids ministry. Rooms used as adult classrooms 51 weeks of the year are quickly rearranged to house first graders with little thought to hidden dangers. Even rooms typically used for ... Continue Reading

Off the Map - What's Your Story?

The VBS conversation has changed radically the past few years. We are no longer just talking about the outreach and evangelistic potential of the week of VBS, we are talking about the phenomenal opportunities of reaching entire families and staying connected long after the week of VBS has passed. We have been challenged to make VBS more evangelistic than ever before. We have been challenged to build bridges to spiritual orphans. We have been challenged to reach not only children but ... Continue Reading

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord

Hallelujah! Praise God in His sanctuary. Praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness. Praise Him with trumpet blast; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with flute and strings. Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah! Psalm 150 ... Continue Reading

6 Steps to Jump Start Planning for VBS 2015

With Thanksgiving just days away can it be true that VBS 2015 is just around the corner? Without a doubt, and it's not too early to jump start planning for one of the most heart transforming, kingdom expanding, and culture shaping weeks of the year. Ready to jump in with both feet? Here are six quick and easy steps that come spring, you will be very thankful you took care of now. Purchase your Journey Off the Map Jump Start Kit. Meet with pastor to evaluate VBS 2014 and create ... Continue Reading

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