Why Choose Journey Off the Map for Your VBS?

I am often asked why a church should choose LifeWay's VBS resources. My first response is that ministry leaders can trust that LifeWay's resources are Biblically trustworthy, evangelistically focused, and deliver age appropriate content. Long before I came to LifeWay in 2006 I had a strong conviction that LifeWay produced the very best resources based on these three foundational components. My conviction has grown stronger with each passing year as I have observed and been a party to the new ... Continue Reading

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

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