From the Archives: VBS - An Event to Remember

We're celebrating 90 - that's 90 years of providing the very best VBS curriculum, resources, and training - by going to the archives for ideas and advice that is just as relevant today as the day it was first printed. The following article was originally published in 1998. Some of my clearest memories from childhood are of Vacation Bible School. A few of them are eating ice cream on the front lawn of the church, the minister of music leading songs for my class, gathering for the large group ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: The Values of Conducting VBS

With the release of VBS 2015 Journey Off the Map (Jump Start Kits are available now) LifeWay has produced VBS resources for 90 years. In celebration I have been digging through the archives to find inspiration that is as relevant today as when first published. Dr. Homer Grice, the man who established the path for LifeWay's VBS journey back in 1924, outlined these values of conducting VBS. To the Children: provides the children with supervised play; clean, constructive, delightful social ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 2)

Recently I shared six procedures for enlisting workers that were first presented by Carr Suter in 1997. His presentation continued with the following six  ideas: Stress that everyone can do something in VBS. Be alert to non-church members (prospects, parents, visiting family members). Give them non-teaching tasks.  Ask adult Sunday School teachers to encourage class members to respond and to share names of possible workers. If an adult Sunday School teacher serves as a VBS class ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 1)

Worker enlistment is often one of the most challenging aspects of planning VBS. While we wish for a quick and easy way to accomplish this task, the truth is, it takes work. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of producing VBS curriculum, I've been searching through the files for tips that are just as relevant today as they were when first shared. Following are six tips from a 1997 training session led by long-time VBS leader Carr Suter. The Pastor must stress the importance of VBS ... Continue Reading