Who Should Attend VBS Preview?

This week I received an excellent question from one of our VBS Friends: "We are trying to decide who needs to go to the VBS Preview. How many people from our church would we need to make sure we get all the information from each session? How many sessions are there and what are they about?" I received a similar question last week from a pastor who had the money to send five people and wanted to know who to choose. We receive similar questions each year, and I thought you might be trying to ... Continue Reading

Training is a VBS Priority

One standard of LifeWay's VBS that makes it so successful as an evangelistic outreach is training. Even if we have been working in VBS since forever, annual training sharpens our skills and increases our knowledge, resulting in increased confidence, renewed enthusiasm, and relevant ways to engage new generations. Annual training challenges us to abandon the status quo and reach beyond our comfort zones, which is one of the reasons there is a direct correlation between the number of workers ... Continue Reading

How Are You Connecting with Parents?

Church leaders attending VBS Previews in January and February were challenged to make Connection Groups part of their VBS planning. A Connection Group is a Sunday School/small group class designed specifically for the unchurched parents identified during VBS, and scheduled to begin the first Sunday after VBS. I have heard some great stories from churches who took the challenge. Now weeks after VBS these churches continue to connect with parents and families who might have otherwise been ... Continue Reading

6 Additional Reasons to Attend VBS 2014 Preview

Now that CyberMonday is behind us, and before the extreme crush of Christmas begins, we can take a moment to once again think about our favorite subject - VBS! Or better said, VBS Preview! Chances are, if you are reading this post, you have already registered for Preview, but in case you are still debating here are six additional reasons why my friends think you should join the fun. 1. You will have the opportunity to win a VBS 2014 trivia contest. - Jerry Vogel 2. You will have the ... Continue Reading