Why we say YES to VBS!
Did you know that Vacation Bible School had its beginnings about 120 years ago? Of course, at its start, in 1898, it did not look the same as today and has developed and changed throughout the years. But, no matter how it looked, it does not change the remarkable fact that VBS has remained a constant pillar of evangelism and outreach among kids in churches all over the United States, even in days when children’s ministry seems to be about the latest and the greatest.
Recently, Lifeway conducted research about the impact Vacation Bible School has had throughout its existence and sought to discover if this week-long event that many churches pour so much time, money, and effort in to is truly still worth it in today’s world. They published their findings in a book entitled It’s Worth It. So, what did they discover?
First, 60% of all American adults said they attended VBS growing up. This is not just evangelicals or even church going families, but rather, ALL adults. Of these who attended, 90% had positive memories and 81% said it was a childhood highlight. To me the most striking statistic is that today 69% of ALL American parents said they would actively encourage their kids to go to a VBS at a church they do not attend IF they were invited by a friend. Again, this is ALL parents. It’s incredible that it simply takes a personal invite!
Other results revealed 78% of churches use VBS as their number one evangelistic tool throughout the year and in one denomination, 25% of all baptisms come from decisions made through VBS. As you can see, Vacation Bible School has had and continues to have a remarkable impact on the lives of kids. Giving kids the opportunity to encounter Jesus is why we do Vacation Bible School!
Monday morning South Tulsa’s VBS begins. Please be praying for the hearts of the kids, the energy/stamina of the teachers, and for the Lord to touch lives! We are going to have a great week as we go IN THE WILD!
Posted on Fri, June 21, 2019
by Kim Hayes