Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 4

Approximately 24,000 Southern Baptist churches conduct VBS or Backyard Kids Club each year. In many countries - including New Zeeland, Australia and Malysia - VBS is known as Holiday Club. Early Vacation Bible Schools were four weeks long. The first VBS workers were school teachers on summer break and received a salary. Each year approximately 2,500 people make the decision to pursue vocational ministry as a result of VBS. 60,000 to 80,000 people are trained annually to work in VBS using ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 3

LifeWay's VBS team is celebrating 90 years of life-changing resources for the ministry we all love and know as Vacation Bible School. Here are just a few tidbits you might not find in a history book. Approximately 3,000,000 people enrolled in VBS last year. It is rumored the first VBS (Daily Bible School) included lessons on hygiene. Considering VBS was started by a doctor's wife there just might be truth to the rumor. The first VBS was started by Mrs. Eliza Hawes in response to the stories ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 2

As LifeWay's VBS team continues celebrating 90 years of VBS heritage we thought you might enjoy these milestone facts. The first VBS was called Everyday School and held in New York City in 1898. Approximately 80,000 professions of faith are made each year during thee week of VBS.This number does not include the decisions made public in the following days and weeks. LifeWay's VBS music from previous years is available on iTunes. Average VBS enrollment is 100 including workers. Approximately ... Continue Reading

Celebrating 90: Did You Know? Part 1

LifeWay Christian Resources, formerly known as The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, first created what became known as the Daily Vacation Bible School Department in 1924 -- so we're CELEBRATING 90! Ninety years of history, but more importantly 90 years of transformed lives, families, churches and communities. VBS started as an evangelistic outreach and has stayed true to the mission. Millions upon millions of people have professed faith in Jesus Christ as a result of ... Continue Reading