From the Archives: Telling Your Church About VBS Part 2

Enlisting congregational support for VBS is a continuous process that must begin early and build momentum. As you continue evaluating VBS 2014 and begin planning for VBS 2015, here are six ways to insure every member of the church is on the team. 1. Enlist a phone team to call every member. 2. Conduct a Pep Rally two or three weeks before VBS to teach the theme song, motto, and Scripture. 3. Sponsor a coloring contest for children to promote VBS. Display the finished artwork throughout the ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Telling Your Church About VBS Part 1

VBS 2014 may be behind you, but it's never too early to begin spreading the word about VBS 2015. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of providing trustworthy curriculum and training, I have been searching the archives for wisdom and tips that are as relevant today as when first published. Here are six ways to insure every member of your congregation is aware, energized, and on the team for VBS 2015. 1. Display photos from VBS 2014 to remind everyone of the fun and life-changing impact of ... Continue Reading

How Are You Connecting with Parents?

Church leaders attending VBS Previews in January and February were challenged to make Connection Groups part of their VBS planning. A Connection Group is a Sunday School/small group class designed specifically for the unchurched parents identified during VBS, and scheduled to begin the first Sunday after VBS. I have heard some great stories from churches who took the challenge. Now weeks after VBS these churches continue to connect with parents and families who might have otherwise been ... Continue Reading

Let the VBS 2015 Shopping Begin!

A group of enthusiastic VBS Groupies recently asked me what they should be shopping for now that will be useful for Journey Off the Map™. If you are thinking ahead and have storage room, Summer clearance sales can be a great opportunity to purchase decorations for pennies on the dollar. In addition to discount and hobby stores, be sure to check out hardware and garden centers, toy stores, the seasonal section of your grocery store, and party stores. I have also captured good finds at Bed Bath ... Continue Reading