Celebrating 90: "We Learn to Do by Doing"

With VBS 2015 LifeWay Christian Resources has been promoting and producing Vacation Bible School resources for 90 years. It all started with a visionary named Dr. Homer Grice who came to "The Board" (LifeWay was formerly known as The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention) from a pastorate in Washington, Georgia in 1924. He was tasked with creating resources, training workers to use them, and helping pastors and congregations realize the evangelistic value of summer church ... Continue Reading

6 Lessons I Have Learned About VBS From Dr. Homer Grice

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As you may know from reading this blog, LifeWay's VBS team is celebrating 90 continuous years of providing VBS resources that are Biblically trustworthy, evangelistically focused, and age-appropriate for the entire family. It all started in 1924 when Washington, Georgia pastor Dr. Homer Lamar Grice came to The Sunday School Board (LifeWay Christian Resources) to begin promoting the ministry of The Daily Vacation Bible School. Dr. Grice, who remained in the position for 29 years, is credited ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 2)

Recently I shared six procedures for enlisting workers that were first presented by Carr Suter in 1997. His presentation continued with the following six  ideas: Stress that everyone can do something in VBS. Be alert to non-church members (prospects, parents, visiting family members). Give them non-teaching tasks.  Ask adult Sunday School teachers to encourage class members to respond and to share names of possible workers. If an adult Sunday School teacher serves as a VBS class ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 1)

Worker enlistment is often one of the most challenging aspects of planning VBS. While we wish for a quick and easy way to accomplish this task, the truth is, it takes work. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of producing VBS curriculum, I've been searching through the files for tips that are just as relevant today as they were when first shared. Following are six tips from a 1997 training session led by long-time VBS leader Carr Suter. The Pastor must stress the importance of VBS ... Continue Reading