It's Not Too Late to Plan a Backyard Kids Club

While it may be a little late to begin planning a full-fledge Vacation Bible School, it is definitely not too late to plan for one or more Backyard Kids Clubs (BKC). In case you haven't heard, Backyard Kids Clubs (also known as Backyard Bible Clubs) are an excellent way to expand the reach of your church and your VBS far beyond the neighborhoods directly surrounding the church campus. Like VBS, BKCs are by nature evangelistic and create an excellent opportunity to connect families to the ... Continue Reading

Random Tip 1410 - Connect Everything - Even Snacks - to Scripture

Did you know that once upon a time churches conducted VBS for four weeks? Hard to imagine isn't it? Even more recently the typical VBS was 10 days. While I do not personally remember attending a 10-day school I know many people who did. A four week or 10-day school provided the luxury of time we no longer enjoy. Can you imagine what Bible truths you could teach if you had 60 hours? Or even 30? Like far too much of life, VBS is often described as a rush. A VBS leader recently lamented, "We ... Continue Reading

VBS by the Numbers

It has taken a little longer than usual, but we finally have numbers from VBS 2012. Yep, you read it correctly - 2012. We always run a year behind in the numbers department to allow time for every church to submit there VBS data. For 2012 a total of 28,187 churches and missions reported hosting either a traditional VBS, and Backyard Kids Club, a mission VBS, or a combination of all three. This is a tremendous increase of 3,246 more Bible schools than 2011, and the largest number of schools ... Continue Reading

VBS & Fall Fest

Could there be a more perfect way to reuse VBS decorations than at your church's fall festival? LifeWay Kids had our own fall festival last week... complete with food, candy, and games. Candace & I put our own spin on the classic "fish for a prize" game and totally decked out Candace's office door with decorations from the Great Barrier Reef (Amazing Wonders Aviation). You can check out more of the great games, booths, and decorations from our fall office party on the Kids Ministry 101 blog ... Continue Reading