From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 1)

Worker enlistment is often one of the most challenging aspects of planning VBS. While we wish for a quick and easy way to accomplish this task, the truth is, it takes work. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of producing VBS curriculum, I've been searching through the files for tips that are just as relevant today as they were when first shared. Following are six tips from a 1997 training session led by long-time VBS leader Carr Suter. The Pastor must stress the importance of VBS ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 4

Approximately 24,000 Southern Baptist churches conduct VBS or Backyard Kids Club each year. In many countries - including New Zeeland, Australia and Malysia - VBS is known as Holiday Club. Early Vacation Bible Schools were four weeks long. The first VBS workers were school teachers on summer break and received a salary. Each year approximately 2,500 people make the decision to pursue vocational ministry as a result of VBS. 60,000 to 80,000 people are trained annually to work in VBS using ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 3

LifeWay's VBS team is celebrating 90 years of life-changing resources for the ministry we all love and know as Vacation Bible School. Here are just a few tidbits you might not find in a history book. Approximately 3,000,000 people enrolled in VBS last year. It is rumored the first VBS (Daily Bible School) included lessons on hygiene. Considering VBS was started by a doctor's wife there just might be truth to the rumor. The first VBS was started by Mrs. Eliza Hawes in response to the stories ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 2

As LifeWay's VBS team continues celebrating 90 years of VBS heritage we thought you might enjoy these milestone facts. The first VBS was called Everyday School and held in New York City in 1898. Approximately 80,000 professions of faith are made each year during thee week of VBS.This number does not include the decisions made public in the following days and weeks. LifeWay's VBS music from previous years is available on iTunes. Average VBS enrollment is 100 including workers. Approximately ... Continue Reading