Frequently Asked Questions About LifeWay's VBS

  LifeWay's VBS team receives thousands of questions each year through phone calls, letters, e-mail, this blog, and the "contact us section" of lifeway.com/vbs. Here are a few of the most popular. Where can I get VBS training?   ANS: There is a wealth of training opportunities - both live and online - for LifeWay's VBS. Preview events are held in North Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee each January. Learn more by going to lifeway.com/vbs and click on the "Events" tab at the top. There ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Increasing your VBS Potential by Investing in Leadership

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 Linda Epperson, Director of Children's Ministries, Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, Florida. Leadership Counts! Pray for the Lord to give you wisdom on who to ask to serve on the VBS Leadership Team. Develop strong leaders who have a passion for serving the Lord, who will use their gifts to lead, develop, and serve their teams. They become ... Continue Reading

5 Essentials of VBS Preparation

I was recently asked how far in advance churches begin preparing for VBS. My answer: "From days to years in advance." There are VBS leaders who begin planning the next year before the current VBS has even begun. On the other end of the spectrum are VBS leaders (quiet often enlisted at the last minute) who begin preparations with just a few weeks or even days to go. I can speak from experience about both. I have been the guy who enjoyed the luxury of time, as well as the guy who had two ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Taking Your VBS to the Next Level

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 Jori Abbott and Lynne Luther, co-directors, First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee. Start planning early – December/January for a summer VBS. Set important dates and deadlines, confirm your budget, recruit workers, and pray! Cultivate relationships throughout the year with community programs that cater to children – day care ... Continue Reading