Advice From the Experts - Using BKC to Reach Your Community

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 Vicki Hulsey, Childhood Education Specialist, Tennessee Baptist Convention. Vicki helped develop, test, and train others to use LifeWay's Backyard Kids Club resources. Acts 1:8 teaches that we are to share the Gospel everywhere and that begins in our own neighborhoods! Backyard Kids Club is an opportunity to take VBS off your church ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Finding Rotation and Resource Persons

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. The following article was originally published in 1998 in The Sunday School Leader. When my banjo and I entered the VBS room, 12 enthusiastic preschoolers greeted us. They and their teachers sat in a semi-circle, listened as I described the instrument, and clapped in rhythm ... Continue Reading

Why Do You Choose the Week for VBS You Choose?

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For many years we have assumed that the biggest week of VBS is the first full week of June. I have referred to it more than once in this blog and during training sessions. So many indicators have given validity to my assumptions that I have easily convinced others that more churches conduct VBS the first week of June than any other week. However, data gleamed from Church VBS Reports tells a very different story. I was recently surprised to learn that the single largest week of VBS - at least ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Working With Adults During 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 Arizona's own Lorie Honeycutt who serves as a national conference leader and promoter of Adult VBS. Lorie is a popular writer of Adult VBS resources including LifeWay's VBS 2015 and 2016 resources. Plan early, often and not alone. The more adults involved in the planning process, the better! Look at everything on the Adult VBS ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Give Adult VBS A Chance

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. The following article was originally published in 1998 in The Sunday School Leader. (It's not too late to plan an Adult VBS. Think beyond the summer months and consider year-round possibilities.) Which of the following approaches to Bible study would you ... Continue Reading

Take Time to Tell Your VBS Story

We spend weeks, if not months, pleading with the congregation to volunteer, to donate craft supplies and snacks, and to invite neighbors and friends. We put announcements in the bulletin and newsletter, cajole from the pulpit, and decorate the walls with posters. We perform skits, project videos, and hold pre-event enlistment and registration events. All this - and much more - for the sake of educating the congregation about our upcoming Vacation Bible Schools. But once VBS is over how well ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Working with Unchurched 1st and 2nd Graders During 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 Mary Wood, Director of Children's Ministry, First Baptist Church New Port Richey, Florida 1.Breaking the Language Barrier:  Be intentional in explaining the meaning of words/references that are commonly used in the church setting.  (Examples - baptism, salvation, fellowship hall, etc) 1st & 2nd graders respond well to visual-aids and ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: The Key Week of the Year

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. The following article was originally published in 1998 in The Sunday School Leader. What is the most important week of the year in your church? A week of a revival? A stewardship emphasis? A Sunday School enrollment campaign? One of the most important weeks of the year, VBS, ... Continue Reading

What Happens After VBS Is More Important Than What Happens Before

We spends weeks, months, and sometimes years preparing for VBS, yet tend to give little attention at all to what happens afterwards. As the last session of VBS concludes we take a deep breath and congratulate ourselves on a job well done, when in reality some of the most important tasks, including the following six, are ahead. 1. Make sure every child, teen, and adult who made a profession of faith, indicated they would like to talk to someone, or made other decisions is adequately counseled ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts - Choosing Crafts for 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 Lynn Jordan, Children’s Ministry Coordinator for Capital Baptist Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There is no shortage of craft ideas for Journey Off the Map.  The Children’s Crafts Rotation Leader Guide has three suggestions for each day, plus a three-to-five-day project.  Additional craft ideas can be found in the Adult, Preteen ... Continue Reading