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

From the Archives: What Will Happen to the Registration Cards You Collect During VBS?

A proud church member once showed me a cabinet full of neatly stacked, banded, and labeled registration cards testifying to a decade of successfully attended Vacation Bible Schools. When asked why the cards were being kept for such a long time, the answer was, “We didn’t know what else to do with then and we hated to just throw them away.” I have heard similar tales which leads me to ask, “What happened to the registration cards from your last Vacation Bible School?” Were they discarded in a ... Continue Reading

What Are You Willing to Do in the Name of Competition?

Recently I witnessed a friend and his two VBS directors get slimmed with the cold fermented remains of the weeks' snacks. It was not a pretty sight, but the kids howled and the leaders were great sports - even if extremely messy. It was all for a good cause. The girls and boys had been competing all week to see which group could donate the most to the mission project. Amazingly, the goal of $8,000 was surpassed and almost doubled. For that amount he probably should have been required to visit ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts: Choosing VBS Curriculum

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 Dr. Diane Lane, Preschool and Children's Specialist, Baptist General Convention of Texas. You are looking for Vacation Bible School curriculum and it looks good—bright colors and childish-- but is that important? Then you begin to wonder--what do I really want to have in a Vacation Bible School curriculum? Is it the splash or content? Is ... Continue Reading