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  • Monday, March 16, 2020 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Matt Galvan Evangelist

    As seen previously, having the most profitable VBS that you can have starts with having the right mentality about the whole program. Church members must see their church’s VBS as Gospel work, not the church’s alternative summer program, and they must see VBS as their church’s team effort to reach the lost. If the church members’ mentality is in the right place, your church’s VBS will be on the right track. Here are a few other quick tips for making your VBS the most profitable that it can be:

    1. Have an after-action plan following the Friday night program. I know one church in Michigan where the pastor taught his people that their VBS was three weeks long.

    • Week 1: Door knocking and flyer distribution
    • Week 2: The actual week of VBS activities
    • Week 3: Follow-up, visitation, invitation to church, and signup for the bus

    VBS must be seen as the launching pad for the real work of…

    • Discipling the kids who made salvation decisions
    • Evangelizing the kids who came but did not trust Christ
    • Reaching the homes with the Gospel

    If your church doesn’t have an after-action plan for the weeks following VBS, I encourage you to make one. Help church members stop asking, “What must go into this?” and start asking, “What will grow out of this?”

    2. Include everyone in the VBS work. If you can’t teach, can you assist? If you can’t assist, can you clean? If you can’t clean, can you place door-hangers? If you can’t canvass, can you drive for pickups/drop-offs? If you can’t drive, can you make snacks? If you can’t bake, can you do phone calls? If you can’t do phone calls, can you give money? If you can’t give money, can you pray through the list of workers and attendees?

    3. Bring in the right speaker. My dad, who pastored for over 35 years, said, “Just because someone is a missionary doesn’t mean that they are the best speaker for a VBS.” If you bring in a main speaker, be sure he is skilled at preaching/teaching children as well as skilled at Gospel invitations for children.

    4. Have everyone pursue one. Once the VBS is over, a church body can be overwhelmed seeing all the attendance and decision cards and think, “We’ll never get all of these kids to come back.” They’re probably right. But every family unit can seek to bring one. Have every family unit choose one child and pursue him/her and his/her family. Pray for them. Invite them to church. Ask them to sit with you. Visit their home. Ask them to dinner at your house or a restaurant. Give them gifts. Be their ride to church. The numbers are much less intimidating when everyone pursues one.

    More could be said, but start with these principles included in your church’s summer youth outreach. We’re all included in the local church’s Great Commission, so let’s pull together to make this summer’s VBS as profitable as can be!

    mattdgalvan@gmail.com


  • Monday, March 02, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Matt Galvan Evangelist

    Part I

    Vacation Bible School (VBS) is one of those programs that probably every Baptist church in our circles has, and for good reason! VBS gives churches one of the easiest ways to reach dozens, maybe hundreds of local children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bringing that many souls under the sound of the Gospel is a big deal and requires time, money, work, and people. And, people are limited in all those things. Whether your church runs 30 or 300, what can be done to make a church’s VBS the most profitable that it can be?

    Start with the church members’ mentality towards VBS.

    1. Help them see VBS as Gospel work, not the church’s summer program. Oftentimes, the church becomes lulled into just doing what has always been done. Doesn’t your church have some form of VBS every summer? Mine does. In fact, if a Baptist church in our circles didn’t have some kind of summer outreach program for youth, we’d wonder what was wrong. Because VBS is usually an annual event, church members can start to have feelings of, “Well, I’ve done my time” or “It’s time for someone else to step up and do the work” or “We have other things to get done with our summers.” People who decline volunteering at your VBS need to remember that this program is not just an alternative to the YMCA’s summer events. This is the church’s cooperative effort to see children reconciled to God! And since when is the ministry of the Gospel something where “I’ve done my time?” II Corinthians 5 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…and [God] hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” Church members may have lost the vision of their “ministry of reconciliation to children” in the time-consuming stress of decorating, baking snacks, and googling craft ideas. Bring them back to seeing the urgency of reaching children and their families with the Gospel.

    2. Help them see VBS as your church’s team effort to reach the lost. Which member of a 22-man starter squad on a football team is dispensable? None of them—if you want to win a championship. I guess if you’re content with an okay/decent season, some of them aren’t vital to your team. When it comes to VBS, every member of the church team is vital. Each church team member has different gifts, talents, health limits, time availability, and money. Every church member (including the pastor) is inadequate in some way; but every church member has something to give (I Cor. 12:12-31). Church members’ mentalities need to be changed from “Mmm, yeah, that’s not going to work with my schedule/talents/health problems” and start thinking, “Mmm, I don’t see yet how this will work with my schedule/talents/health problems, but I’ll do whatever I can, Mr. VBS Director.” VBS is not about a preacher coming in and doing something big; it’s about everyone getting together and seeing that God can use them.

    If the church members’ mentality is in the right place, your church’s VBS will be on the right track.

    mattdgalvan@gmail.com


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