The Heart of VBS—Evangelism

Back in 1996  the VBS team felt God leading them to revisit the format and principles of "doing" VBS. In 1997 the new VBS was rolled out with The Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede. Many of you could probably sing the theme song and have fond of memories of attending or leading VBS that year, but you may not have been aware that one of the driving principles of VBS was and is evangelism. VBS is meant to be more than just a fun event for your church kids, more than just a summer diversion ... Continue Reading

Random Tip 1410 - Connect Everything - Even Snacks - to Scripture

Did you know that once upon a time churches conducted VBS for four weeks? Hard to imagine isn't it? Even more recently the typical VBS was 10 days. While I do not personally remember attending a 10-day school I know many people who did. A four week or 10-day school provided the luxury of time we no longer enjoy. Can you imagine what Bible truths you could teach if you had 60 hours? Or even 30? Like far too much of life, VBS is often described as a rush. A VBS leader recently lamented, "We ... Continue Reading

Agency D3 for Preschoolers & Kindergartners

Foundational Bible teaching is always the goal with LifeWay's preschool VBS, and this year is no exception. Agency D3’s Bible content sets up a firm foundation for preschoolers and kindergartners to build upon for the rest of their lives. As you teach them who Jesus is and what He did, kids will learn the basics about why we want to love and follow Jesus. Every single day of VBS, kids will discover that Jesus is who He says He is (God's Son) through an example from His life. Day 1 uses the ... Continue Reading

From Derailed to Teachable Moment

We've all had them, those moments when some little something derails our whole lesson. We've prepared, recited in our minds how things are going to go, imagined how we'll see the "lightbulbs come on" when the kids get it, then Wham one kid derails the whole shebang. This happened to me recently. I actually even anticipated that the picture of Baby Jesus that  looked like a picture of Charlie Brown could cause problems. I decided to head things off at the pass and find a more realistic picture of ... Continue Reading