From the Archives: Moving VBS Participants to Sunday School

  Sadly far too many churches fail to make follow-up a VBS priority and therefore never see the true benefits of their efforts. They invite the unchurched to VBS but they just don’t know what to do with them afterwards. Follow-up doesn’t happen automatically. The most effect way to capitalize on this yearly harvest of unchurched prospects is to move them from VBS to an ongoing Bible study ministry – Sunday School. How can we move unchurched VBS participants to Sunday School? Here’s ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Reaching Families for VBS When Your Church is Outside the Bible Belt

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 Leigh Ann Stark, Childhood Ministry Specialist, Northwest Baptist Convention.  Reaching families in communities without churches on every corner means building relationships, defining events and creating a buzz that makes people want to be part of it. Family to Family: Bring Friends VBS was designed to attract not-yet-believers to ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Planning for VBS Follow-Up

As we all know too well, VBS follow-up or continued connections does not automatically happen just because we hope or assume it will. Over the past few years the blog has included multiple posts on the importance of being intentional about follow-up. Connections begin during VBS and it is our responsibility to insure those connections are strengthened following VBS. The following five points challenge leaders to make follow-up an intentional part of every aspect of VBS from enlistment of workers ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Taking Your VBS to the Next Level

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 Jori Abbott and Lynne Luther, co-directors, First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee. Start planning early – December/January for a summer VBS. Set important dates and deadlines, confirm your budget, recruit workers, and pray! Cultivate relationships throughout the year with community programs that cater to children – day care ... Continue Reading