Why Do You Choose the Week for VBS You Choose?

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For many years we have assumed that the biggest week of VBS is the first full week of June. I have referred to it more than once in this blog and during training sessions. So many indicators have given validity to my assumptions that I have easily convinced others that more churches conduct VBS the first week of June than any other week. However, data gleamed from Church VBS Reports tells a very different story. I was recently surprised to learn that the single largest week of VBS - at least ... Continue Reading

To Know Your Guide - The Gift of Christmas

The last few days before Christmas often become so crowded with activity we miss the true Message and Gift we claim to celebrate. Stop for a few minutes, take a deep breath, and reflect on the passages from Day 1 of VBS 2015 Journey Off the Map.   When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 HCSB ∴ In the same region, shepherds were staying out ... Continue Reading

5 Reasons My Pastor Loves VBS!

Hey guys. I’ve always been impressed with my pastor’s involvement in VBS, so I asked him if he would share a bit about why he, as Senior Pastor, thinks being involved in VBS is a good thing. Here’s what he said: 1. VBS gives the pastor a chance to be directly and almost exclusively engaged with the children in ways that he can’t be on Sunday morning. Reflecting on Jesus’ blessing of the children, one of the easiest ways a pastor can be like Jesus is to be involved in VBS! 2. VBS gives ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: "Preparing for VBS" Part 1

September 1, 1924 was a big day in the history of Vacation Bible School. It was the official start of LifeWay's VBS Ministry Department. The department as such no longer exist, but the ministry of publishing VBS curriculum and training church leaders to use it is bigger and better than ever. From time to time, over the next year, I'm going back to the archives to not only honor our past but to glean insight and wisdom from the ages. Today's wisdom comes from a 1997 training outline titled: 62 ... Continue Reading