Help Us Plan Preview 2016

You probably think the headline to this post is a mistake. Right? How can I (why would I) be talking about VBS 2016 Preview when most churches are just beginning to think about VBS 2015? When it comes to events as large as Preview we are always planning a year or more in advance. We have Preview dates on the calendar of one location for the year 2020. Evaluation is a big part of planning. We are continually evaluating throughout the events. In fact, we made changes to the Fort Worth and ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Member Involvement

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. Get the pastor on board and excited early. Members will follow his lead. Create non-teaching jobs to encourage less outgoing members to participate. Incorporate VBS songs and Scriptures into the church services early. Create a list of “before ... Continue Reading

Relationship vs. Process - Which Best Describes Your VBS?

The past two years I have frequently spoken and written about replacing the idea of VBS follow-up with the need for continuing the connections established during the week of VBS. This has been an attempt to help us all think about what we do following VBS in terms of relationship instead of a process. There is no doubt we are good at identifying unchurched families and involving their kids in VBS. If there were a VBS report card we would most likely receive a B or possibly even an A for our ... Continue Reading