Advice from the Experts: Taking Your VBS to the Next Level

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 Jori Abbott and Lynne Luther, co-directors, First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee. Start planning early – December/January for a summer VBS. Set important dates and deadlines, confirm your budget, recruit workers, and pray! Cultivate relationships throughout the year with community programs that cater to children – day care ... Continue Reading

Advice from the Experts: Reaching Unchurched Families Through VBS

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 Ginger Owens, Minister of Childhood Education, First Baptist Church Panama City, Florida.   We just completed VBS "Journey Off The Map" with our focus being reaching those who are unchurched. We had 80 families mark the registration card that they do not attend church anywhere! That represents about 40% of the kids ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Working With Adults During VBS

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 Arizona's own Lorie Honeycutt who serves as a national conference leader and promoter of Adult VBS. Lorie is a popular writer of Adult VBS resources including LifeWay's VBS 2015 and 2016 resources. Plan early, often and not alone. The more adults involved in the planning process, the better! Look at everything on the Adult VBS ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Working with Unchurched 1st and 2nd Graders During VBS

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 Mary Wood, Director of Children's Ministry, First Baptist Church New Port Richey, Florida 1.Breaking the Language Barrier:  Be intentional in explaining the meaning of words/references that are commonly used in the church setting.  (Examples - baptism, salvation, fellowship hall, etc) 1st & 2nd graders respond well to visual-aids and ... Continue Reading