Vacation Bible School is alive and well in many areas all around our country. For many small churches VBS may be the biggest outreach of the year. However, some ministry leaders consider Vacation Bible School to be obsolete and ineffective. VBS is being replaced by more family-oriented events.
The decision to banish Vacation Bible School from your church calendar should not be taken lightly. Here are a few tips to help you and your team in a your decision.
1. Prayer–This should go without saying. Seek God’s will for your church.
2. Find out what other churches in your area are doing–If VBS is still popular in your area, you may want to continue having one. On the other hand, this could be a chance for your church to stand out in the crowd by doing something different.
3. Crunch the numbers–How effective was the last VBS? Research the number of children that attended, how many families were reached, how many professions of faith, how many new families are now a part of your church because of VBS.
4. Budget–Determine how much money can be allotted for Vacation Bible School. A good team can work wonders with a very small budget, but be realistic. Never spend money that you don’t have! Think about what can be donated or borrowed. Perhaps your church can team up with another small church and pool resources.
5. Tradition–If the only reason your church has a Vacation Bible School is because your church has always had a Vacation Bible School, then it may be time to consider another alternative.
Once all the facts are gathered, take them before the Lord and seek His will. If you and your team still feel lead to have a VBS, then rest assured that God will provide.