'Twas Three Weeks Before Preview

'Twas three weeks before Preview (five weeks for Nashville), when all through LifeWay, Every creature was scurrying; even the office mouse named Ray; The boxes were packed on the dock with care, In realization the truck soon would be there; The Specialist longed for time in their beds; While last minute details swirled in their heads; And the Logistical Team with their logistical map, Had devoured gallons of caffeine in prep for that long final lap, When down the hall there arose such a ... Continue Reading

6 Tips for Taking Your VBS to the Next Level

Some of us have been leading VBS for so long it becomes tempting and easy to go into autopilot mode by pulling out the plans from the previous year and just changing the dates. It is even more tempting when we have a great team that is willing to assume the same responsibilities as before. After all, if it ain't broke, why fix it?   The truth is, one of the biggest threats to a great VBS ministry is stagnation. Any ministry - including VBS - that becomes tired and worn out risks the ... Continue Reading

6 Reasons To Enlist Key Leadership Now

It's 6:00 AM November 13, 21 degrees outside, and the holiday season is about to get crazy. Why should I be concerned about VBS 2015 today? Even more to the point, why worry about enlisting workers until a few months before VBS? Here are my top six reasons for enlisting key leaders such as age-group directors/coordinators before the holidays: You have a team to join you in prayer. It's never too early to begin praying for the hearts that will be transformed during VBS 2015, and it is ... Continue Reading

Journey Off the Map is Showing Up Everywhere

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The very best part of my job as LifeWay's VBS Ministry Specialist is traveling to training events throughout the U.S. The past few weeks have found me in Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, and Alabama. Each location results in a reunion of old friends and the beginning of many new friendships. I have always known that the most creative people in the church are VBS people, and the interpretations of Journey Off the Map have not been a disappointment. Check out these decorations and ... Continue Reading