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

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