Vacation Bible School is the largest evangelistic effort Southern Baptists are involved in during a year. More professions of faith are made and more prospects are found as a result of Vacation Bible School than any other event we do. Approximately 7,000 decisions for Christ are reported annually through VBS in Alabama.
Associations provide training and encouragement for local churches to make preparation easier. Early planning increases awareness of Vacation Bible School and increases enrollment by local churches. Training also reduces anxiety in “new” teachers. Contact your association for the date of your associational clinic. Many of these new teachers will teach in Sunday School and other program areas of the church.
Churches are encouraged to use Vacation Bible School as a “prospect gathering” effort. Vacation Bible School will open and reveal places and ways we can share. This becomes more and more important as Alabama Baptists continue the “decade to make a difference”. A growing church will have as many prospects as it has Sunday School enrollment.
Annually Alabama Baptist churches reported more than 155,000 girls and boys, youth and adults in Vacation Bible School. In a week of Bible School which meets three hours a day, children have more Bible exposure than two months of Sunday School.
As VBS approaches, here are some helpful tips
Vacation Bible School (VBS) remains the No. 1 outreach event for Southern Baptist churches. It has the potential to affect the eternal destiny of children and families in your community.
How to Have A Great Vacation Bible School
Prayer: Emphasize that Vacation Bible School is a Spiritual Event and encourage prayer. Observe National Day of Prayer for VBS on May 15, 2016 and pray that people are saved.
VBS by the numbers for 2014
The total VBS enrollment reported by 3,069 churches for 2014 was 252,401. This is an increase of 166 more churches reporting this year then last with an increased enrollment of 819.