Using VBS to Initiate Continued Connections

Several years ago LifeWay's VBS Team surveyed 3,000 leaders about church practices and potential resources. We were amazed when 97% of the respondents agreed their greatest need was help with follow-up (connecting with unchurched guests and families attending VBS). Each year approximately 10% of everyone attending VBS acknowledge being unchurched. Considering approximately 3,000,000 kids, teens, and adults participate, 10% is 300,000. Of course since most of these individuals are kids, when you ... Continue Reading

Guest Post: Apologetics in Agency D3

The following post is written by Dr. Shane Garrison. Dr. Garrison has served as assistant professor of Educational Ministries in the Campbellsville University School of Theology for the past five years. He additionally serves as president and lead consultant of Maple Trail Ministry Consultants. I can’t wait for LifeWay’s VBS Agency D3 – Discover Decide Defend.  This year is going to be unlike any previous year in that we encourage our kids to take a hard look at the truths of the Bible and then ... Continue Reading

Preparing for VBS Means Preparing for Follow-up Contacts

With the two biggest weeks of the VBS 2013 season just days away (more Bible schools are conducted during the first two weeks of June than any other week), we need to realize we are being given a rich gift - the gift of connecting with hundreds of thousands of unchurched families. For many families the week of VBS is the first and possibly only connection they will have with your church or any Christian church. It is a new beginning for both the families and the church. Growing these ... Continue Reading

Five Things Easter and VBS have in Common

 I love Easter! I'm like a little kid about it. It's not eggs and candy and dresses. It's the way Christ's resurrection becomes real as dark winter fades to wonderful lively spring and we hear the old story one more time. It never gets old. Come to think of it, neither does VBS. Which brings to mind what Easter and VBS have in common (in my quirky brain at least). 1. They’re fun! Easter comes with fun kids’ activities that, if we’re intentional, point the way to Christ’s death and ... Continue Reading