Celebrating 90: "We Learn to Do by Doing"

With VBS 2015 LifeWay Christian Resources has been promoting and producing Vacation Bible School resources for 90 years. It all started with a visionary named Dr. Homer Grice who came to "The Board" (LifeWay was formerly known as The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention) from a pastorate in Washington, Georgia in 1924. He was tasked with creating resources, training workers to use them, and helping pastors and congregations realize the evangelistic value of summer church ... Continue Reading

6 Lessons I Have Learned About VBS From Dr. Homer Grice

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As you may know from reading this blog, LifeWay's VBS team is celebrating 90 continuous years of providing VBS resources that are Biblically trustworthy, evangelistically focused, and age-appropriate for the entire family. It all started in 1924 when Washington, Georgia pastor Dr. Homer Lamar Grice came to The Sunday School Board (LifeWay Christian Resources) to begin promoting the ministry of The Daily Vacation Bible School. Dr. Grice, who remained in the position for 29 years, is credited ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: The Values of Conducting VBS

With the release of VBS 2015 Journey Off the Map (Jump Start Kits are available now) LifeWay has produced VBS resources for 90 years. In celebration I have been digging through the archives to find inspiration that is as relevant today as when first published. Dr. Homer Grice, the man who established the path for LifeWay's VBS journey back in 1924, outlined these values of conducting VBS. To the Children: provides the children with supervised play; clean, constructive, delightful social ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 2)

Recently I shared six procedures for enlisting workers that were first presented by Carr Suter in 1997. His presentation continued with the following six  ideas: Stress that everyone can do something in VBS. Be alert to non-church members (prospects, parents, visiting family members). Give them non-teaching tasks.  Ask adult Sunday School teachers to encourage class members to respond and to share names of possible workers. If an adult Sunday School teacher serves as a VBS class ... Continue Reading