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

Reunion Time!

By now more than half of all Bible schools for 2013 are over, which means the real work of VBS is just beginning - Continued Connections. Follow-up has long been a term to describe the actions a church takes after VBS to stay connected with unchurched families who participated during the week of VBS. For many churches follow-up, if done at all, has become little more than a post card. That's why we are changing the term to Continued Connections. Follow-up is more than one contact or one ... Continue Reading

Happy Birthday from Your Friends at VBS

Thousands of churches concluded VBS 2013 over the weekend, and for thousands more this is day two. Approximately half of all schools will be conducted during the first three weeks of June. This news tempts many leaders to believe the work of VBS is over for another year, but in reality, just as VBS ends the real work begins! Now is time to make continued connections a priority - not only for the next few weeks but for the rest of the year. When an unchurched family filed out a VBS ... Continue Reading

Preparing for VBS Means Preparing for Follow-up Contacts

With the two biggest weeks of the VBS 2013 season just days away (more Bible schools are conducted during the first two weeks of June than any other week), we need to realize we are being given a rich gift - the gift of connecting with hundreds of thousands of unchurched families. For many families the week of VBS is the first and possibly only connection they will have with your church or any Christian church. It is a new beginning for both the families and the church. Growing these ... Continue Reading