LifeWay Kids team member Jerry Vogel recently reminded a group of kidmin leaders to never miss an opportunity to share the gospel. Every aspects of VBS - from the Bible story to crafts and snacks - creates an opportunity to talk to a kid or parent about their relationship with Jesus.
Jerry reminded leaders to:
- Ask open-ended questions
- Remain conversational, not confrontational
- Never assume that a kid understands your “church talk” about becoming a Christian
- Make the distinction between becoming a Christian, baptism, and taking the Lord’s Supper
- Encourage kids to express their own ideas - let kids think and process
- Provide personal counseling for every kid
- Use a Bible translation kids are familiar with and uses language they will understand
- Give kids an anchor to help them remember the day and decision so they can go back to that moment later in life
- Provide discipliship training
It is important to equip every VBS worker with the skills to lead a child (and a parent) to Christ. A great resource is Leading a Child to Christ Training Pack.
As Jerry said, "evangelism is not a day - it is everything we do in VBS."