Advice from the Experts: Reaching Unchurched Families Through VBS

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Ginger Owens, Minister of Childhood Education, First Baptist Church Panama City, Florida.   We just completed VBS "Journey Off The Map" with our focus being reaching those who are unchurched. We had 80 families mark the registration card that they do not attend church anywhere! That represents about 40% of the kids ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts: Choosing VBS Curriculum

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Dr. Diane Lane, Preschool and Children's Specialist, Baptist General Convention of Texas. You are looking for Vacation Bible School curriculum and it looks good—bright colors and childish-- but is that important? Then you begin to wonder--what do I really want to have in a Vacation Bible School curriculum? Is it the splash or content? Is ... Continue Reading

Why Do You Choose the Week for VBS You Choose?

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For many years we have assumed that the biggest week of VBS is the first full week of June. I have referred to it more than once in this blog and during training sessions. So many indicators have given validity to my assumptions that I have easily convinced others that more churches conduct VBS the first week of June than any other week. However, data gleamed from Church VBS Reports tells a very different story. I was recently surprised to learn that the single largest week of VBS - at least ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Working With Adults During VBS

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Arizona's own Lorie Honeycutt who serves as a national conference leader and promoter of Adult VBS. Lorie is a popular writer of Adult VBS resources including LifeWay's VBS 2015 and 2016 resources. Plan early, often and not alone. The more adults involved in the planning process, the better! Look at everything on the Adult VBS ... Continue Reading