This is Jeff Land! It’s my first time getting to post on the VBS blog! I don’t have one of those super-cool, black-and-white headshots like the other VBS bloggers have, so I decided to make my own. I love VBS. For those of your VBS Geeks of the Week, you might remember me from a LifeWay VBS conference when I teach preteen conferences for VBX!
I’m diverting from my usual talk about preteens, to talk to you about Youth VBS. My publishing team has recently been given the opportunity to produce Youth VBS for 2013 and I’m so excited about taking you all on an adventure to … wait, I bet you thought you had me didn’t you. I wasn’t about to get the VBS team after me by accidentally telling you that the theme is … no way, I’m not going to go there.
I wanted to tell you a little about this year’s VBS and then get some information from you. This year, youth will experience a race around the world to some of God’s amazing wonders. Youth will be challenged to trust God in all circumstances. For a complete list of the biblical content go here.
Its time to talk about VBS 2013. Like I said earlier, the theme is … Would you quit it? You could seriously get me fired. While I can’t tell you the theme, I can tell you that we are working hard on it! I can also tell you that I’m trying to add my own personal spin on it. You see, I want lots of people to use this resource because I want lots of youth to know about Jesus Christ! Don’t you? So, if you wouldn’t mind helping me out a little bit, I’ve got a few questions for you!
1. Does your church use Youth VBS?
2. If so, how does your church use it? Do they use it at the same time as your children’s VBS, before VBS, or after VBS?
3. If your church doesn’t use it? Why not? What would make Youth VBS more appealing? (Personal note: I think that doing Youth VBS doesn’t have to take away youth workers, you could do it before VBS as a training or after as a Sunday night program for the summers. Wait, maybe that is more of a marketing push than a personal note!)
4. If you have used youth VBS, what do you love about it and what you wish would change?
Those are all my questions for now, but if you think of anything else, let me know. I love getting feedback!
Did I mention that one commenter is going to receive a special prize? So please respond and help me out! Tell me how we can make Youth VBS something that every church in America raves about! Contest ends Friday, April 13th at 3pm CST.