Advice from the Experts: Reaching Unchurched Families Through VBS

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Ginger Owens, Minister of Childhood Education, First Baptist Church Panama City, Florida.   We just completed VBS "Journey Off The Map" with our focus being reaching those who are unchurched. We had 80 families mark the registration card that they do not attend church anywhere! That represents about 40% of the kids ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: The Key Week of the Year

We're celebrating 90 - that's 90 years of providing the very best VBS curriculum, resources, and training - by going to the archives for ideas and advice that is just as relevant today as the day it was first printed. The following article was originally published in 1998 in The Sunday School Leader. What is the most important week of the year in your church? A week of a revival? A stewardship emphasis? A Sunday School enrollment campaign? One of the most important weeks of the year, VBS, ... Continue Reading

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