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

From the Archives: "Preparing for VBS" Part 2

We're Celebrating 90! That's 90 years of publishing VBS curriculum, and I've been digging through the archives. Today's wisdom is obviously a continuation of Part 1, and comes from a 1997 training outline titled: 62 Ways to Prepare Yourself for A Galactic Good News Adventure. While some of the ideas were specific to the theme, here are six reminders that apply every year. 1. Conduct a prayer walk around the church campus. 2. Prepare meals for the week of VBS ahead of time and freeze them ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: "Preparing for VBS" Part 1

September 1, 1924 was a big day in the history of Vacation Bible School. It was the official start of LifeWay's VBS Ministry Department. The department as such no longer exist, but the ministry of publishing VBS curriculum and training church leaders to use it is bigger and better than ever. From time to time, over the next year, I'm going back to the archives to not only honor our past but to glean insight and wisdom from the ages. Today's wisdom comes from a 1997 training outline titled: 62 ... Continue Reading

Evaluating After is as Important as Planning Before

We all know how important planning is to the success of VBS. But why take the time to evaluate after it is over? After all, what is done is done!  I once had a boss who was so convinced of the value of evaluation he held evaluation sessions to evaluate the evaluation sessions. While this may seem extreme, what he taught by example is that we can never stop learning or improving, AND the only way to truly learn and improve is to evaluate the previous event before planning the next one. Here ... Continue Reading