Using Takin' It Home CD to Connect with Parents

"We have not been successful connecting with the parents of kids attending VBS," is a statement I often hear from pastors and VBS leaders. This has not been from lack of trying since most of us have tried a variety of methods from daily newsletters to offering Adult VBS classes. With Agency D3 LifeWay has introduced a new resource called Takin' It Home CD that is specifically designed to connect parents to the content and activities of each day. In addition to the copy of the CD included in ... Continue Reading

Using VBS to Initiate Continued Connections

Several years ago LifeWay's VBS Team surveyed 3,000 leaders about church practices and potential resources. We were amazed when 97% of the respondents agreed their greatest need was help with follow-up (connecting with unchurched guests and families attending VBS). Each year approximately 10% of everyone attending VBS acknowledge being unchurched. Considering approximately 3,000,000 kids, teens, and adults participate, 10% is 300,000. Of course since most of these individuals are kids, when you ... Continue Reading

Random Tip 1412: Make Relationships a Priority

A few weeks ago I shared that years ago Vacation Bible Schools were conducted for four weeks, then shortened to two, then one, and now we are beginning to hear of more churches scheduling three day schools.  In the previous post I wrote that as we shorten the number of days and hours it becomes even more important to connect everything - including snacks - to the daily Scripture and Biblical theme. As we decrease time we must increase the intentionality of everything we do from promotion to ... Continue Reading

The Heart of VBS—Evangelism

Back in 1996  the VBS team felt God leading them to revisit the format and principles of "doing" VBS. In 1997 the new VBS was rolled out with The Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede. Many of you could probably sing the theme song and have fond of memories of attending or leading VBS that year, but you may not have been aware that one of the driving principles of VBS was and is evangelism. VBS is meant to be more than just a fun event for your church kids, more than just a summer diversion ... Continue Reading