The Ages Look to You - As VBS Leaders We Must Do Our Part Well

I recently wrote that if given the opportunity today, I believe Charles Spurgeon might make kids ministry his life’s calling. He certainly had a deep admiration for those who had the responsibility for kids ministry and believed the title of Sabbath (Sunday) School Teacher as the greatest title and honor a person could have. If he were able to deliver a challenge to those gathering this month for VBS Preview, or to the thousands upon thousands of volunteers who will work in VBS 2015, his ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Enlisting Workers

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Ask the pastor to personally recruit men to greet, escort kids, and serve on the security and parking lot teams. Recruit volunteers face to face. Personally invite members to help. Give each worker a free t-shirt. Ask them to wear the shirts the ... Continue Reading

'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