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

Put Your VBS T-shirts to Work for You

I love being in an airport or store and seeing a VBS t-shirt from years gone by. I have great memories that are uniquely attached to each theme, and seeing a shirt makes those memories come alive. But more important than the memories created by a VBS     shirt is the awareness and promotion value they can create. Churches often distribute shirts on the first day of VBS or at the conclusion of the week, but what if they were distributed prior to the week and intentionally used for promotion? They ... Continue Reading

6 Things to Know About Teens Working in VBS

Teens are ready to take on some responsibilities and leadership roles within the church. They can be great role models for younger children and preschoolers. However, before enlisting teens to serve in VBS, you might want to check out these tips to ensure a successful experience. Partner up. Always have an adult leader in the room with the teen helper at all times. This is for the safety and protection of your church, kids, leaders, and the teens themselves. Teens should not be given the sole ... Continue Reading

From Derailed to Teachable Moment

We've all had them, those moments when some little something derails our whole lesson. We've prepared, recited in our minds how things are going to go, imagined how we'll see the "lightbulbs come on" when the kids get it, then Wham one kid derails the whole shebang. This happened to me recently. I actually even anticipated that the picture of Baby Jesus that  looked like a picture of Charlie Brown could cause problems. I decided to head things off at the pass and find a more realistic picture of ... Continue Reading