Hey guys! Check out these innovative JOTM decorations from our friend Kathy Kim and her remarkable team! Kathy is VBS leader in Hanmom church, located in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. All the decorations are made of crumpled, colored paper!! Way to go Kathy—thanks for the inspiration!!
VBS is goin’ BIG in TEXAS! Children’s Minister, Brenda Bourgeois, at Redbud Baptist Church in Lubbock TX has put together an impressive team of people including Pastor Shon Wagner, Youth Minister James Taylor, and Deacon Terry Love. While building sets, James recalls Pastor Wagner with his sleeves rolled up, paint brush in hand—servant leadership for sure! More than 26 Redbud Baptist staff, deacons and church folks from a variety of professional backgrounds (including retired folks!) volunteered their time (about 500 man hours) preparing sets and conference plans for SBTC Training in West Texas. They’ve already completed one training event in Amarillo, March 7, with a second event planned May 9th at Redbud in Lubbuck. Check out some of their work!
…and they’re not done yet! This same Redbud Baptist team will journey off the map into their community, reaching and teaching kids during VBS, June 8-12!
Pastor Wagner, Brenda Bourgeois, James Taylor, and 5 others from Redbud, attended VBS Institute and Preview in Ft Worth. Their passion for kids ministry was (and is) contagious! We agreed that there is no better investment of our time and talent than being part of a team that helps kids and spiritual orphans come to know Jesus Christ!
I’ve always been impressed with my pastor’s involvement in VBS, so I asked him if he would share a bit about why he, as Senior Pastor, thinks being involved in VBS is a good thing.
Here’s what he said:
1. VBS gives the pastor a chance to be directly and almost exclusively engaged with the children in ways that he can’t be on Sunday morning. Reflecting on Jesus’ blessing of the children, one of the easiest ways a pastor can be like Jesus is to be involved in VBS!
2. VBS gives children a chance to see a different side of the pastor which, for many of the children, may be a chance to see how God could call them one day to be a pastor, missionary, etc. This is why I try to be around for the worship rally and make myself available to visit classes to share a Bible story during the week.
3. Nothing can take the place of a pastor’s involvement in the evangelistic emphasis associated with VBS. This involvement is strengthened when the pastor has been a visible part of VBS throughout the week.
4. Pastors can become heroes to the kids in VBS. When an un-churched family member comes with the child for something like a Family night, an involved pastor who has already befriended the child has a better opportunity to connect with the adult family member.
5. When a pastor is involved with VBS he has a chance to interact with all of the adult volunteers who make up the VBS faculty. Again, this is going to be different from the typical Sunday morning interaction. Adults who are giving a week of their time to staff VBS will form a closer bond with their pastor and appreciate his love and attention for the children.
We’re thankful to Senior Pastor Frank R. Lewis of First Baptist Nashville for sharing his thoughts. Does your senior pastor love VBS? If not, maybe you can encourage him with these 5 reasons Pastor Lewis serves at his church’s VBS.