James Blakeney, VBS Promoter for the Alabama Baptist State Convention, was recently asked by a ministry leader why he should use, and encourage others to use, VBS curriculum produced by LifeWay Christian Resources. Here is a portion of his response:
There are many good VBS curricula, but there are some distinctive characteristics about the LifeWay curriculum that churches need to be aware of as they make their decision.
1. Educationally sound - LifeWay curriculum is written by leaders who work with the age group they write for. This is true of the process from the beginning of the planning process. I served on the ideation group for the 2012 VBS theme. There were local church leaders from seven states on the team. Training is done for local church leaders through Associational clinics by people who teach the age group in their own churches.
2. Doctrinally accurate - in a time when churches want to be careful that material is Biblically based and doctrinally accurate, it is important to know who is writing the material you use and what they believe doctrinally.
3. Evangelistic - LifeWay is the only publisher who places the plan of salvation in every leader and student piece and encourages churches to provide a time for boys ad girls, men and women to have the opportunity to say "yes" to Jesus Christ. The videos, music, and teaching plan directs students toward a time of decision. There is also encouragement for churches to do follow-up with families and encourages students to continue Bible study through Sunday School.
Thanks James. We appreciate your tireless work of promoting the life-changing mission of VBS and your support of LifeWay's VBS resources.