Creating a VBS Family Experience Designed to Connect, Not Just Celebrate

Family Night has long been part of the VBS tradition. For decades the night has been an opportunity to demonstrate memorized Scripture, songs, and display arts and crafts created during the week. Adapted from the public school PTA parent night, where parents were given the opportunity to meet teachers and review of the progress of their children, VBS Family Night served much the same purpose. Of course, the night was fully sanctioned as an official church event by serving ... Continue Reading

6 Essentials for Connecting with Unchurched Families

Churches often discover more unchurched individuals and families during VBS than all the rest of the weeks of the year combined. Collectively we discover over 1,000,000 unchurched individuals each year. Ten percent of all VBS attendees are from unchurched families. When you add parents and siblings not attending VBS, the typical VBS results in 35 to 40 unchurched individuals. When parents decide to allow their kids to attend VBS, they are taking a step (whether they realize it or not) towards ... Continue Reading

Relationship vs. Process - Which Best Describes Your VBS?

The past two years I have frequently spoken and written about replacing the idea of VBS follow-up with the need for continuing the connections established during the week of VBS. This has been an attempt to help us all think about what we do following VBS in terms of relationship instead of a process. There is no doubt we are good at identifying unchurched families and involving their kids in VBS. If there were a VBS report card we would most likely receive a B or possibly even an A for our ... Continue Reading

It's Time to Report Your VBS

VBS 2014 reports have been arriving in my office by the thousands. If quantity of mail is any indication I must have the most popular address on the 7th floor. Of course the envelopes are actually addressed to the VBS Report Desk - which you might find humorous to learn is nothing more than a FAX machine sitting on a small metal foot stool in a corner of my office. So actually it is the Report Desk that holds title to the most popular address. If you have not already done so, it is time to file ... Continue Reading