Advice from the experts - Reaching Unchurched Families

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. During the last week of school distribute information to parents in the school pick-up lines. Make it fun and memorable. Host neighborhood VBS-themed block parties one to two weeks before VBS. Use VBS-themed snacks and games. Distribute ... Continue Reading

Promoting VBS One Wave at a Time

Early and consistent promotion of the date, time, theme, and goals of VBS is strategic to a well-staffed and supported event. Potential workers need advanced notice to insure vacation and travel plans do not interfere with the dates of VBS. Other ministry leaders need the information to insure they do not over-schedule with competing activities. Advanced information also helps the congregation become enthusiastic about the theme, and encourages the collection of theme related items that can ... Continue Reading


17. Ask church members to use specified social media hastag. Create a hashtag that is specific to your event. Ask church members to help you promote your VBS to their social media community using the hashtag as often as possible. 18. Mail Journey Off the Map Postcards cut into puzzles. Print your VBS information on the back of the large Journey Off the Map Postcards. Cut cards into puzzle pieces, place in envelopes and mail to kids on your churches prospect list. 19. Home Journey Off the ... Continue Reading


Use Journey Off the Map Stamp on all mail sent from church office during two months before VBS. Journey Off the Map Bug Gliders Tournament in the park. Invite neighborhood kids and families to join you. Hold competitions and award small prizes. Serve snow cones and pass out registration information. Distribute “Ask Me About the Journey” buttons to church members and ask them to wear the buttons two weeks before VBS. With each button include a small card with information members would need to ... Continue Reading