'Twas Three Weeks Before Preview

'Twas three weeks before Preview (five weeks for Nashville), when all through LifeWay, Every creature was scurrying; even the office mouse named Ray; The boxes were packed on the dock with care, In realization the truck soon would be there; The Specialist longed for time in their beds; While last minute details swirled in their heads; And the Logistical Team with their logistical map, Had devoured gallons of caffeine in prep for that long final lap, When down the hall there arose such a ... Continue Reading

6 Tips for Taking Your VBS to the Next Level

Some of us have been leading VBS for so long it becomes tempting and easy to go into autopilot mode by pulling out the plans from the previous year and just changing the dates. It is even more tempting when we have a great team that is willing to assume the same responsibilities as before. After all, if it ain't broke, why fix it?   The truth is, one of the biggest threats to a great VBS ministry is stagnation. Any ministry - including VBS - that becomes tired and worn out risks the ... Continue Reading

Expressing Appreciation to Your Team

Christmas is when we most often express appreciation the best. Reflecting on the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ - leads us to think of all that others have done to bless and enrich our lives. Giving tokens of appreciation just comes natural at Christmas. But what about the rest of the year - especially for those VBS workers who are enlisted long after the holidays? The best way to express your appreciation to this army of faithful volunteers is not with monetary gifts but with your ... 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 or quickly rearranged to house first graders with little thought to hidden dangers. Even rooms typically used for kids ... Continue Reading