Prepping the Building for VBS

Most aspects of VBS prep are obvious. After all, it is essential that workers be enlisted and trained, resources and supplies gathered, decorations created, and snacks assembled. But how much attention do you give to prepping the building? VBS typically requires using space that is not normally reserved for kids ministry. Rooms used as adult classrooms 51 weeks of the year or quickly rearranged to house first graders with little thought to hidden dangers. Even rooms typically used for kids ... Continue Reading

Off the Map - What's Your Story?

The VBS conversation has changed radically the past few years. We are no longer just talking about the outreach and evangelistic potential of the week of VBS, we are talking about the phenomenal opportunities of reaching entire families and staying connected long after the week of VBS has passed. We have been challenged to make VBS more evangelistic than ever before. We have been challenged to build bridges to spiritual orphans. We have been challenged to reach not only children but ... Continue Reading

6 Steps to Jump Start Planning for VBS 2015

With Thanksgiving just days away can it be true that VBS 2015 is just around the corner? Without a doubt, and it's not too early to jump start planning for one of the most heart transforming, kingdom expanding, and culture shaping weeks of the year. Ready to jump in with both feet? Here are six quick and easy steps that come spring, you will be very thankful you took care of now. Purchase your Journey Off the Map Jump Start Kit. Meet with pastor to evaluate VBS 2014 and create ... Continue Reading

Share Your Takin' It Home Stories

VBS is great for the kids, but what about the parents? If you have read this blog for any length of time you know I am a great proponent of providing VBS for the entire family by including Student and Adult VBS. But what about the parents who are unable or just won't attend? How can we connect with them? The Takin' It Home CD, first introduced as part of the VBS 2014 resources, and is designed to connect parents to the daily activities and Biblical content of VBS. Each family is given a copy ... Continue Reading