VBS is one of the most effective evangelistic emphases many churches offer their community each year. Here are 10 suggestions to help every member in your church get involved.

Often churches consider Vacation Bible School (VBS) to be exclusively a children’s ministry event. And yet, VBS is one of the most effective evangelistic emphases many churches offer their community each year.

According to “It’s Worth It” by Landry Holmes of Lifeway Publishing, there is a direct correlation nationally in the number of professions of faith and VBS attendance.

It’s time churches embraced VBS with its whole heart, soul and body.

So, what can the whole church do to embrace VBS with excitement and commitment?

  1. Pray! Engage volunteers to pray for VBS impact and for families that need the hope of the gospel.
  2. Have everyone invite families, friends, neighbors — even random strangers at Walmart trying to corral their children.
  3. Offer VBS outside your church or on a large neighborhood playground.
  4. Offer smaller “VBS to go” in neighborhood settings.
  5. Engage volunteers who would not normally enjoy working directly with children to create “pick up and go” learning packages for families.
  6. Offer youth and adult classes that will engage parents or others who bring children to your VBS but aren’t part of your teaching team. Parenting classes, marriage enrichment, Bible study, even cooking and budgeting classes may offer parents an introduction to other members of your church.
  7. Ask adult Sunday School classes to host a teachers’ lounge one day or one evening during the week of VBS to show appreciation to in-person volunteers.
  8. Discover and enlist volunteers with unique skill sets whose only responsibility is to lead a specialized breakout.
  9. Ask volunteers to consider helping classroom leaders with decorating their rooms.
  10. Enlist adults to help with administrative tasks like collecting check-in information, helping manage T-shirt orders, ushering guest families to their classroom, or assisting with family night snacks or activities.

The opportunities to make VBS an all-church event are endless. Participation by church members in VBS builds a sense of ownership in children’s ministry and can make recruiting for other events easier.

Don’t miss the chance to include others in this great ministry.

EDITOR’S NOTE — This article was originally published April 28, 2021 and has been updated with revisions.