From the Archives: Planning for VBS Follow-Up

As we all know too well, VBS follow-up or continued connections does not automatically happen just because we hope or assume it will. Over the past few years the blog has included multiple posts on the importance of being intentional about follow-up. Connections begin during VBS and it is our responsibility to insure those connections are strengthened following VBS. The following five points challenge leaders to make follow-up an intentional part of every aspect of VBS from enlistment of workers ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Increasing your VBS Potential by Investing in Leadership

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 Linda Epperson, Director of Children's Ministries, Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, Florida. Leadership Counts! Pray for the Lord to give you wisdom on who to ask to serve on the VBS Leadership Team. Develop strong leaders who have a passion for serving the Lord, who will use their gifts to lead, develop, and serve their teams. They become ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Four Reasons Why Handwork is Important to VBS

Handwork (crafts) has been a vital part of VBS since the beginning. Back in 1926, when this information was first printed, Bible schools were typically four weeks in duration and the crafts required multiple days or weeks to complete. Times have certainly changed and we now give much less time to crafts as well as VBS. Whether the craft required 10 hours back then or 20 minutes today, the reasons we include crafts remain the same. Actually, these reasons apply to recreation as well. So, the next ... Continue Reading

5 Essentials of VBS Preparation

I was recently asked how far in advance churches begin preparing for VBS. My answer: "From days to years in advance." There are VBS leaders who begin planning the next year before the current VBS has even begun. On the other end of the spectrum are VBS leaders (quiet often enlisted at the last minute) who begin preparations with just a few weeks or even days to go. I can speak from experience about both. I have been the guy who enjoyed the luxury of time, as well as the guy who had two ... Continue Reading