Our last blog began a two-part series about the unique impact VBS can have in the work of the Kingdom, with the hope of expanding your zeal for this awesome ministry. We discussed how VBS is strategically focused on those most likely to respond to the Gospel, and how the data shows that VBS is uniquely effectual in leading children to saving faith.
Here are two more reasons this ministry should be high among the church’s priorities.
Immerses Kids in the Word
VBS is to Sunday School what Soccer Camp is to year-round soccer. Think of it as a concentrated week of immersion in God’s Word and the Gospel—3 hours a day (as well as “homework” time) for five straight days vs. 45-50 minutes once a week.
Trains Kids in Evangelism
VBS engages and trains not only adults, but the church’s children in one of the most effective means of evangelism—provided a church uses a curriculum that gives a clear presentation of the Gospel each day, and includes learning the Gospel in the children’s goals for the week. (This is why Reachout has made this a high priority!) In his book, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, George Barna writes,
“…we have discovered that peer evangelism among young children—one kid leading another kid to the foot of the Cross for a life-changing encounter with Jesus—is one of the most prolific and effective means of evangelism in the nation.” p. 49
What a great opportunity we have before us! Let’s pray boldly and trust God to do great things.