As everyone knows – or at least everyone who is anyone and reads this blog – the two biggest events of the year are just around the corner: CentriKID Camp and VBS!
While I am privileged to work with the great guys and gals in the CentriKID world, my main responsibility at LifeWay is VBS (Vacation Bible School) training and events. By now VBS 2011 events are behind us and most of the training is history as well, so let the adventure (the Big Apple Adventure) begin!
VBS is not the newest kid on the block – in fact it has been around since 1898 – but the ministry continues to result in some of the greatest evangelistic opportunities many churches have all year. Part of my job is to collect statistical data on, what else, but VBS. Each year we gather information from approximately 26,000 churches, and the info is amazing.
Did you know that approximately three million children, teens, and adults register for VBS each year? Did you know that each year there are between 80,000 and 100,000 professions of faith during the weeks of VBS? Did you know that approximately 10 percent of those registering claim to be unchurched, yet provide their name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for follow up and relationship building? Did you know that each year between 2,000 and 3,000 people commit their lives to vocational ministry as a result of VBS?
There are a lot of lives being transformed as a result of the proclamation of the Gospel through VBS.
VBS requires a lot of work and a huge commitment on the part of a congregation, but for me these stats make it all worth while.
How about you? What will you be involved in this summer that results in so much transformation? I hope when someone in your church says, “We need more VBS workers,” you will be the first in line for the adventure.