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

What a Little Editing Can Teach You

Last week as I finished up on 2014 work for my personal favorite in our VBS family, Backyard Kids Club®, I had the fun of sorting through the snow that was coating my office in the form of all the paper versions of Backyard Kids Club pieces. Here were the edits of the Host Folder after it had art placed on it. There was the very first version I printed out of the Directors Guide back when I was first trying to get my head around what it should look like next year. You might think I’m kind ... Continue Reading

VBS by the Numbers

It has taken a little longer than usual, but we finally have numbers from VBS 2012. Yep, you read it correctly - 2012. We always run a year behind in the numbers department to allow time for every church to submit there VBS data. For 2012 a total of 28,187 churches and missions reported hosting either a traditional VBS, and Backyard Kids Club, a mission VBS, or a combination of all three. This is a tremendous increase of 3,246 more Bible schools than 2011, and the largest number of schools ... Continue Reading