“TRAINING” seems to be the word we all need but we all struggle to fit into our schedule. We know that the best teachers are great learners.
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When is VBS really over? Friday afternoon or evening? How about when the last child and his or her family are enrolled in a Sunday School class? Make follow-up with prospects discovered during VBS a part of your planning now.
Fast forward about three months. Can you hear a church leader say,
THE SUMMER IS OVER, SCHOOL HAS BEGUN, AND VBS IS HISTORY!
(Or, is it?)
Months of preparation, effort, energy, time, and money has been expended in getting ready for Vacation Bible School. Now it’s Friday, the children are gone, and the workers are finishing taking down decorations and cleaning up their rooms. Maybe there’s the closing VBS Celebration Sunday night, but for all practical purposes, VBS is over for another year. Or is it?
Why do we have VBS? To have an intensive week of Bible studies, mission stories, upbeat music, recreation, and snacks? Yes to all of the above. But the main reason we have VBS is to discover prospects: boys and girls and their parents in our communities who are not involved in a church or Bible study; people who need the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
VBS is not over when the last child leaves, the last decoration is packed away, or the closing night celebration ends. VBS is not over until every child and parent in the community has come to Christ.
Do you remember those enrollment/registration cards you had each child fill out during VBS? Please don’t put a rubber band around the cards and set them on a shelf in the Sunday School office. Those cards are invaluable! They are the reason for VBS! Make copies and have people pray for the names on the cards. Study the cards for names of those who do not have a church home. Send a postcard or letter thanking them for coming and inviting them to Sunday School.
But don’t stop there! Assign the prospects to the appropriate preschool, children, youth, and adult Sunday School classes for follow-up as well. Think long-term relationship-building. Use a variety of ways to build friendships with prospects: week one, make a quick front-door home visit leaving SS literature or a magazine; week two, send a postcard; week three, make a phone call; week four, send a text or email. Invite prospects to other church events and activities.
VBS is not over until every child and parent in the community has come to Christ.
If there is indifference toward attending SS or church, then focus on ministry to them rather than just trying to get them to attend. For example, ask for prayer concerns, and then follow-up a week or so later. Build relationships without just focusing on their attendance. Keep ministering to your prospects, whether they come or not. Be a friend in Christ’s Name.
VBS is not over on Friday or Sunday afternoon, or even at the end of the summer. The work of contacting and cultivating boys and girls, men and women should continue. Keep those enrollment/registration cards visible and work them. Think long-term and continue cultivating friendships.
For more information on VBS follow-up or Sunday School, contact: Jeff Ingram, adult ministry strategist for Louisiana Baptists, Jeff.Ingram@LouisianaBaptists.org, or 318.448.3402.
Adult Sunday School teachers may have noticed some changes to the Explore the Bible curriculum.
Check out this resources if you have questions about these changes, or if your church is considering ordering Explore the Bible adult curriculum.
If this resource does not answer your questions, please contact Jeff Ingram, Adult Ministry Strategist.
Beginning Fall 2014
Expanding to include:
- ETB: Young Adults
- ETB: Students
- ETB: Small Groups
- ETB: Kids
All Ages Will Study the Same Bible Book:
- Same session passage(for example, Hebrews 1:1-4)
- Same session memory verse(for example,Hebrews 1:2a: In these last days,He has spoken to us by His Son.)
- Kids may study a different passage related to the concept (for example, Adults and Students may focus on Hebrews 11:1-7 while Kids focus on Noah’s faith in Genesis 6-8)
Available Translations: HCSB, KJV, NIV, and ESV (Digital Only)
- Leader Pack, Adult Commentary, QuickSource, Biblical Illustrator, Extra!
- LifeWay.com/ExploreTheBible (download 4sessions to preview from the Fall 2014 resources)
- Blog: LifeWay.com/ExploreTheBible
- Twitter: @ExploreTheBible
- Facebook: LifeWay’s Explore The Bible
- Video support through YouTube
- Download Detailed Promo .pdf
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