Since you’re reading this, I assume that you have concluded Vacation Bible School is truly worth it. Worth the long hours of making and tearing down decorations, consoling upset children, rejoicing with new believers, learning new Bible truths, preparing to teach and lead, and singing the theme song 5,539 times.
You don’t have to be persuaded of the eternal significance of intentional evangelism and discipleship that occurs during the concentrated time we devote to VBS. Moreover, you probably want to convince others in your church family the value of VBS or a VBS-like experience. So, how do you go about that task without the annoyance of a pesky gnat. After all, who wants fellow church members to disappear around the corner of the hallway when they see you coming? Perhaps you’ll find these suggestions helpful on your quest to tout the importance of VBS:
- Start with your pastor. Your pastor is busy and is bombarded continuously with requests to support a new or legacy ministry. Encourage your pastor and pray for him. You’re both on the same page of evangelism and discipleship. Give your pastor a copy of the book It’s Worth It.
- Meet with other decisions makers. Ask your pastor if there are others in your church who might benefit from a conversation regarding the “why” behind VBS. He may invite you to talk with the church staff or council, the deacons or elders, and the finance committee. Again, you don’t want to be like a pest, so be sure to balance persistence with grace.
- Point to the research. Many people want to see evidence that proves the value of VBS in the life of the local church. In addition to sharing information from the book It’s Worth It, consider using this presentation pack. Included are presentation slides, a one-hour or less facilitation plan, and a reproducible handout. You also may choose to use the pack to present research findings and conclusions with next year’s VBS teachers and leaders.
We tend to advocate for those things about which we feel strongly. Before you can effectively communicate the evangelistic and discipleship value of VBS, you must be personally passionate about this ministry. Then, your enthusiasm will be natural and sincere. And remember, VBS is definitely worth it!