From the Archives: Moving VBS Participants to Sunday School

  Sadly far too many churches fail to make follow-up a VBS priority and therefore never see the true benefits of their efforts. They invite the unchurched to VBS but they just don’t know what to do with them afterwards. Follow-up doesn’t happen automatically. The most effect way to capitalize on this yearly harvest of unchurched prospects is to move them from VBS to an ongoing Bible study ministry – Sunday School. How can we move unchurched VBS participants to Sunday School? Here’s ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Which Is Your Favorite Theme?

It certainly doesn't seem that long ago, but VBS 2016 will be 20 years since The Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede revolutionized the way we think about and conduct Vacation Bible School. Take a few minutes to stroll with me down memory lane.  2016: Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface (Psalm 139: 23-24) 2016: Zip for Kids: Jesus Is... 2015: Journey Off the Map: Unknown To Us, Known To Him (Isaiah 30:21) 2015: Zip for Kids: I Am… 2014: Agency D3: Discover. Decide. ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: 10 Tips for a Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede


Now that we are in the final days of the VBS 2015 season (June, July, August) our attention is shifting full steam ahead to VBS 2016 - which just happens to be the 20th big theme since the 1997 release of The Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede. What a radical transformation that theme brought to the world of Vacation Bible Schools everywhere: A theme that permeated every aspect of the event. Daily songs written specifically for the theme and Scripture passages. Teachers enlisted ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Planning for VBS Follow-Up

As we all know too well, VBS follow-up or continued connections does not automatically happen just because we hope or assume it will. Over the past few years the blog has included multiple posts on the importance of being intentional about follow-up. Connections begin during VBS and it is our responsibility to insure those connections are strengthened following VBS. The following five points challenge leaders to make follow-up an intentional part of every aspect of VBS from enlistment of workers ... Continue Reading