Dan Garland believes that Vacation Bible School (VBS) is one of the most effective ways* to fulfill Jesus’ call to, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14). Dan says that the most important part of VBS is not cookies and crafts, but rather the built-in evangelistic opportunities to do the following:
- Build relationships with children who need Christ.
- Present the gospel in terms and ways children will understand.
- Provide a fun time where children will feel good about God and the church.
We must reach children with the Good News and VBS is one effective way.
Here are 5 keys to an evangelistic VBS in a smaller membership church.
*Almost 1-in-16 children ages 5-12 in America was enrolled in a Southern Baptist VBS, according to figures from 2006 (see article - Two million 5-12 year olds enroll in VBS)