Using VBS to Initiate Continued Connections

Several years ago LifeWay's VBS Team surveyed 3,000 leaders about church practices and potential resources. We were amazed when 97% of the respondents agreed their greatest need was help with follow-up (connecting with unchurched guests and families attending VBS). Each year approximately 10% of everyone attending VBS acknowledge being unchurched. Considering approximately 3,000,000 kids, teens, and adults participate, 10% is 300,000. Of course since most of these individuals are kids, when you ... Continue Reading

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

VBS 2014 Tour Stop 5: 6 Step VBS Continued

Last Tuesday I introduced you to the simplification and reorganization of the VBS 2014 Administrative Guide for Directors based on LifeWay's 6 Step VBS. Age-group leader guides have also been simplified as well - you are going to love the cleaner look - beginning with Page 1 which includes a version of the 6 Step VBS designed specifically for teachers. 1. Prepare Your Heart 2. Get the Basic Facts from Your VBS Director 3. Plan 4. Gather and Prepare 5. Teach 6. Continue the ... Continue Reading

VBS by the Numbers

It has taken a little longer than usual, but we finally have numbers from VBS 2012. Yep, you read it correctly - 2012. We always run a year behind in the numbers department to allow time for every church to submit there VBS data. For 2012 a total of 28,187 churches and missions reported hosting either a traditional VBS, and Backyard Kids Club, a mission VBS, or a combination of all three. This is a tremendous increase of 3,246 more Bible schools than 2011, and the largest number of schools ... Continue Reading