Why the “B” Word Might Not Be Such a Bad Thing

By Klista Storts Maybe the “B” word has never bothered you at all, but it has me.  “Babysitting.” Doesn’t that just go all over you sometimes?  Especially when someone uses it to refer to what we do in kids ministry at church?  It makes me feel as if our ministry is viewed as unimportant to the Kingdom. Could it be that it's just terminology and maybe just a misunderstanding of what we do? This video of how a family came to Christ as a result of one church "babysitting" their kids through ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Telling Your Church About VBS Part 3

Too often we VBS Groupies mistakenly assume everyone is as aware and enthused about VBS as we are. The truth is, no matter the size of the congregation, most members are unaware of and concerned about the dates, details, and needs of VBS until they are publicized and promoted. Even then little notice is taken to the first announcement. This is why we must actively and intentionally promote VBS to the congregation as well as the community.  I know it seems a little early to begin promoting VBS ... Continue Reading

VBS Team Geek of the Week: Gordon Brown

Today we are doing Geek of the Week a little differently! We are going to be highlighting the different members of the VBS team and see what makes them a VBS geek. Today we are starting with one of our graphic designers, Gordon Brown! What is your role on the VBS team? Graphic designer What was your "geekiest" moment? Almost wearing the kangaroo costume—and almost being sad that I didn't. What has been your favorite VBS theme? Saddle Ridge Ranch—cowboy boots are cool! You might be a ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Telling Your Church About VBS Part 2

Enlisting congregational support for VBS is a continuous process that must begin early and build momentum. As you continue evaluating VBS 2014 and begin planning for VBS 2015, here are six ways to insure every member of the church is on the team. 1. Enlist a phone team to call every member. 2. Conduct a Pep Rally two or three weeks before VBS to teach the theme song, motto, and Scripture. 3. Sponsor a coloring contest for children to promote VBS. Display the finished artwork throughout the ... Continue Reading

Share Your VBS Story

  Summer is winding down, kids are heading back to school, and for the most part, you have wrapped VBS 2014.  That means it’s time to start sharing your stories.  One of our favorite parts of VBS is hearing how God is using you to change the lives of kids and make an impact in your community. So, out with it!  We want to hear the funny stories, the sweet stories, the life-changing stories, and anything else you want to share.   Leave your story in the comments below and it could be ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Telling Your Church About VBS Part 1

VBS 2014 may be behind you, but it's never too early to begin spreading the word about VBS 2015. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of providing trustworthy curriculum and training, I have been searching the archives for wisdom and tips that are as relevant today as when first published. Here are six ways to insure every member of your congregation is aware, energized, and on the team for VBS 2015. 1. Display photos from VBS 2014 to remind everyone of the fun and life-changing impact of ... Continue Reading

VBS 2014 Director's Evaluation

You've finished your week of VBS, the decorations are down and stored, the rooms have been cleaned... it's time to breathe a sigh of relief, right? Well, not exactly. There's one more tiny little thing we would like to ask you to do. I promise it won't take that long and the information you share is invaluable to our team at LifeWay. We would like you to fill out the Director's Evaluation found in the Administrative Guide and mail it in. Or if you would rather you can click here and submit it ... Continue Reading

How Are You Connecting with Parents?

Church leaders attending VBS Previews in January and February were challenged to make Connection Groups part of their VBS planning. A Connection Group is a Sunday School/small group class designed specifically for the unchurched parents identified during VBS, and scheduled to begin the first Sunday after VBS. I have heard some great stories from churches who took the challenge. Now weeks after VBS these churches continue to connect with parents and families who might have otherwise been ... Continue Reading

VBS – Not Just for Kids!

 LifeWay’s VBS provides resources for ALL ages. This year our church had a great experience tapping into this great family resource. Adult VBS – For the five “night” services (two Sunday nights and three Wednesday nights) prior to kids VBS, we had adult VBS! This helped give all of our leaders a great biblical foundation as they prepared to teach. Youth VBS – Our youth leaders used the Student VBS during a Friday night lock-in prior to the start of our kids VBS. The youth had a blast while ... Continue Reading

Let the VBS 2015 Shopping Begin!

A group of enthusiastic VBS Groupies recently asked me what they should be shopping for now that will be useful for Journey Off the Map™. If you are thinking ahead and have storage room, Summer clearance sales can be a great opportunity to purchase decorations for pennies on the dollar. In addition to discount and hobby stores, be sure to check out hardware and garden centers, toy stores, the seasonal section of your grocery store, and party stores. I have also captured good finds at Bed Bath ... Continue Reading