Training is a VBS Priority

One standard of LifeWay's VBS that makes it so successful as an evangelistic outreach is training. Even if we have been working in VBS since forever, annual training sharpens our skills and increases our knowledge, resulting in increased confidence, renewed enthusiasm, and relevant ways to engage new generations. Annual training challenges us to abandon the status quo and reach beyond our comfort zones, which is one of the reasons there is a direct correlation between the number of workers ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 2)

Recently I shared six procedures for enlisting workers that were first presented by Carr Suter in 1997. His presentation continued with the following six  ideas: Stress that everyone can do something in VBS. Be alert to non-church members (prospects, parents, visiting family members). Give them non-teaching tasks.  Ask adult Sunday School teachers to encourage class members to respond and to share names of possible workers. If an adult Sunday School teacher serves as a VBS class ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 1)

Worker enlistment is often one of the most challenging aspects of planning VBS. While we wish for a quick and easy way to accomplish this task, the truth is, it takes work. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of producing VBS curriculum, I've been searching through the files for tips that are just as relevant today as they were when first shared. Following are six tips from a 1997 training session led by long-time VBS leader Carr Suter. The Pastor must stress the importance of VBS ... 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