It's Time to Report Your VBS

VBS 2014 reports have been arriving in my office by the thousands. If quantity of mail is any indication I must have the most popular address on the 7th floor. Of course the envelopes are actually addressed to the VBS Report Desk - which you might find humorous to learn is nothing more than a FAX machine sitting on a small metal foot stool in a corner of my office. So actually it is the Report Desk that holds title to the most popular address. If you have not already done so, it is time to file ... Continue Reading

What to Save for 2015

          Want a jump on prepping for VBS 2015 decorations? Here's a list of things you can start saving (and collecting) now for next summer. Giant, colorful flowers (stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and JoAnn's have tons of summer decor on sale at the end of the season) Natural grass skirts or tablecloths Palm fronds Sticks, branches, bamboo poles, and the like Green plastic tablecloths (for vines) Green vinyl tablecloths (for lily pads) Blue foil ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Questions To Ask About Your VBS Promotion

LifeWay's VBS team is Celebrating 90! That's 90 years of providing VBS curriculum, training, and administrative helps that have been used by thousands of churches to reach millions of unchurched kids, teens, and adults. I've been combing the archives for advice from the past that is just as relevant today. This list of questions will be a valuable resource as you begin planning printed promotions (flyers, newspaper and web advertisements, and bulletin inserts) for VBS 2015. 1. Does the message ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Telling Your Church About VBS Part 3

Too often we VBS Groupies mistakenly assume everyone is as aware and enthused about VBS as we are. The truth is, no matter the size of the congregation, most members are unaware of and concerned about the dates, details, and needs of VBS until they are publicized and promoted. Even then little notice is taken to the first announcement. This is why we must actively and intentionally promote VBS to the congregation as well as the community.  I know it seems a little early to begin promoting VBS ... Continue Reading