Advice From the Experts - Off The Map Opportunities

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Conduct Youth VBS at a fun location as a weekend adventure. Partner with a mission or smaller-membership congregation to help them reach their community through VBS. Conduct VBS concurrently in multiple locations such as parks, schools, and homes ... Continue Reading

Why Choose Journey Off the Map for Your VBS?

I am often asked why a church should choose LifeWay's VBS resources. My first response is that ministry leaders can trust that LifeWay's resources are Biblically trustworthy, evangelistically focused, and deliver age appropriate content. Long before I came to LifeWay in 2006 I had a strong conviction that LifeWay produced the very best resources based on these three foundational components. My conviction has grown stronger with each passing year as I have observed and been a party to the new ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Checklist for Conducting a Mission VBS

Millions of kids and families would never hear the Gospel proclaimed if it were not for dedicated VBS workers who take the Great Commission to heart and go beyond the comfort zone of their own churches and communities to conduct VBS. The founder of LifeWay's VBS in 1924, Dr. Homer Grice, and his wife Ethel, were true VBS Missionaries. They travelled extensively from Nashville to the mountain region of east Tennessee and West Virginia to conduct VBS. They so believed in the impact of mission VBS ... Continue Reading

It's Not Too Late to Plan a Backyard Kids Club

While it may be a little late to begin planning a full-fledge Vacation Bible School, it is definitely not too late to plan for one or more Backyard Kids Clubs (BKC). In case you haven't heard, Backyard Kids Clubs (also known as Backyard Bible Clubs) are an excellent way to expand the reach of your church and your VBS far beyond the neighborhoods directly surrounding the church campus. Like VBS, BKCs are by nature evangelistic and create an excellent opportunity to connect families to the ... Continue Reading