VBS Turned Their Church Around
One of the most rewarding aspects of providing resources for churches is hearing stories. God continues to bless through the ministry of VBS. A good friend sent in the following story written by Kiely Young of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. Enjoy and dream big! VBS does turn churches (and communities) around!
Pastor Bob Hill has been at Roundaway Baptist Church “out from” Indianola, Mississippi about three years. He came out of retirement to be the Interim Pastor of this church. The Pastor Search Committee stopped looking and just asked Bro. Bob to stay a while. He has.
He looked at the church calendar and noticed they did not have Vacation Bible School on the summer calendar. When he asked why, the response was, “We don’t have any children, so we don’t need to have VBS.” They had not had VBS in twenty-three years. Bro. Bob reminded them there were still strong elementary schools in the area and they were full, so there must be children in the area. He asked them to consider VBS again. They reluctantly agreed.
Bro. Bob enlisted two people, a VBS Director and a VBS Prayer Leader. He wanted to meet with them and ask God what to do. The church averaged about 40 in Sunday School. He wanted them praying for VBS. They determined they needed to do three things: Pray, Prepare, and Promote. Their story is amazing.
As they prayed they were impressed to enlist workers for at least fifty children, maybe more. They needed to contact every family in a five mile radius of the church and estimate how many children to expect. They did. They enlisted more workers. They promoted in the elementary schools, in grocery stores, convenience stores, everywhere they thought they might get the attention of children and parents of children.
They were not disappointed. They had 80 children for their first VBS in 23 years. Ten of those children were led to Christ and their families began coming to church and Sunday School. They grew from 40 to 60 in Sunday School! VBS worked. They followed up with every family who visited their VBS within the next week.
I asked Bro. Bob what he considered to be the more important thing they are doing. He said Vacation Bible School turned their church around. This year he brought twenty new leaders to our VBS training. They went back and trained the other leaders in their church. He said we keep VBS before our people year round. Oh yes…They had 80 children the second year and twenty came to Christ.
Kiely Young is the Director of the Sunday School Department for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.
Tiffanie Wells says
This is amazing!
Im not sure how to contact you about this, and I’m sure all 2012 things are under way but I have an idea for the folks at Lifeway. I work at a museum in Manassas, VA and we buy these airplanes from kidstuff.com and they can brand the product and you can have them PRINT awa (with logo ) on the planes. http://www.kidstuffcatalog.com/mv_pages.cfm/page/45/catalog/Fall_2011
there are pictures of the plane cartons. TRUST ME kids love them. We gave out over 1500 of them at an airshow and kids were begging for them after wards. I know it’s late in the game, but just an idea.
VBS is my passion, as I’m sure it is for many Directors. But my passion is much like the Lifeway VBS team, creating, designing, equipping. I’m 19 and all I want to do is work for Lifeway VBS. But anyways I hope this reaches someone @ lifeway and that you love them! God bless in EVERYTHING you do.
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