We know that VBS is the biggest and best evangelistic event in most of our churches. I’ve also found that there are unexpected benefits of VBS.
The Church Works as the Body of Christ
We need lots of workers for VBS; it’s all hands on deck. In a smaller church, we had more people working in VBS than in anything else we did. VBS helped our people see the body of Christ at work. Everyone had a different job, everyone did their job, and as we all worked together we saw children’s lives changed.
When we held our VBS in the evening, we were able to use lots of men as VBS leaders. Even in daytime VBS, we had men who were retired or worked other shifts. We found this was a positive thing, especially for boys. Children saw men working with them at church. Kids got to know men who were serving as positive role models.
New Leaders Are Discovered
VBS proved to be a great source of new leaders. Persons would work in VBS because it was a short-time commitment and they knew that everyone was needed. This gave them a chance to try working with children. Through their experience in VBS, many found that they were gifted in working with children and became leaders in Sunday School or other children’s ministries.
What unexpected benefits of VBS have you found?
Bob Wood serves the Baptist State Convention of Michigan in the areas of church strengthening and leadership development.