Go And Catch The Children - Why VBS Must Be Evangelistic

Until recently I never thought of Charles Spurgeon and children in the same sentence. While he is one of the most famous pastors and prolific writers in the history of the Christian church, he served in an era when “out of sight and out of mind” was the general attitude towards children. It never occurred to me he might have much to say about the importance of kids ministry. However, after reading Come Ye Children, I now believe, that given the opportunity, Spurgeon just might change his ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Enlisting Workers

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Ask the pastor to personally recruit men to greet, escort kids, and serve on the security and parking lot teams. Recruit volunteers face to face. Personally invite members to help. Give each worker a free t-shirt. Ask them to wear the shirts the ... Continue Reading

2015 Is Taking Us On A Journey To Learn From The Experts

Welcome to 2015! As you read this post, hundreds of VBS leaders are preparing to embark on a journey to VBS Preview next weekend in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at Ridgecrest, North Carolina. If you haven’t already registered, what are you waiting for? During the 10 years of Preview thousands of VBS leaders from across North America and beyond have gathered to be equipped, challenged, and inspired to take their Bible schools to new levels of expertise and success. Along the way ... Continue Reading

Prepping the Building for VBS

Most aspects of VBS prep are obvious. After all, it is essential that workers be enlisted and trained, resources and supplies gathered, decorations created, and snacks assembled. But how much attention do you give to prepping the building? VBS typically requires using space that is not normally reserved for kids ministry. Rooms used as adult classrooms 51 weeks of the year are quickly rearranged to house first graders with little thought to hidden dangers. Even rooms typically used for ... Continue Reading