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

Advice from the Experts: Reaching Unchurched Families Through 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 Ginger Owens, Minister of Childhood Education, First Baptist Church Panama City, Florida.   We just completed VBS "Journey Off The Map" with our focus being reaching those who are unchurched. We had 80 families mark the registration card that they do not attend church anywhere! That represents about 40% of the kids ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: What Will Happen to the Registration Cards You Collect During VBS?

A proud church member once showed me a cabinet full of neatly stacked, banded, and labeled registration cards testifying to a decade of successfully attended Vacation Bible Schools. When asked why the cards were being kept for such a long time, the answer was, “We didn’t know what else to do with then and we hated to just throw them away.” I have heard similar tales which leads me to ask, “What happened to the registration cards from your last Vacation Bible School?” Were they discarded in a ... 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