Thursdays Are For Training

Leading a Vacation Bible School - especially for the first time - can seem like a journey off the map. Whether following in the footsteps of a legacy or charting your own course, VBS can be overwhelming. Especially when you consider most of us led our first VBS as a result of someone - typically the pastor - walking up to us on a Sunday morning saying, "We need you to direct our VBS this year. There's really nothing to it. All you have to do is enlist workers, order resources, and get the word ... Continue Reading

Make Training a Priority in 2015

Did you know research shows training has a huge impact on the number of professions of faith resulting from VBS? In some areas of the U.S. statics reveal that for every one person trained to work in VBS there is 1.1 professions of faith. Nationally, we know the years training numbers increase so do professions of faith. The reverse is true as well. Now that you know how important training is to the success of an evangelistic VBS, how do you plan to provide training for your workers? Free ... Continue Reading

Tips for Increasing Associational VBS Training Attendance

I recently had a chance to spend time with associational VBS leaders from across Alabama – the State that annually trains more VBS leaders than any other state. Leaders from the four associations reporting the largest attendance in 2014 shared the following tips for increasing attendance. Find a location that is centrally located and stay with it. Ensure the date and time does not conflict with other major community events such as the first day of little league season. If the ... 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