It’s Saturday morning, and for many it is the first day after a long week of Vacation Bible School. The kids have gone home, the decorations are down, and VBS is over for another year. I can hear the collective sigh of relief.
But is VBS really over? In reality, the real work of VBS is just beginning. The work of connecting with unchurched families who participated in VBS.
Several years ago LifeWay’s VBS team conducted a survey to determine the greatest challenges of VBS. While we expected to discover many challenges or needs, we were surprised by the need listed by 97 percent of the 3,000 VBS leaders who responded to the survey. The single greatest need was help with follow-up. VBS leaders said they didn’t know how to connect with unchurched families discovered during VBS.
A majority of VBS leaders said their follow-up process was to send a letter or postcard thanking the kids for attending. Beyond the mailing there was no plan for continuing the connection made during the week.
VBS leaders everywhere would appreciate learning how you plan to continue connections with unchurched families attending your Bible school. Do you have an ongoing process or a single action? Who is responsible for leading the process? How do you involve other members of the church in the process?
Join the conversation by sharing how you have successfully connected with families following VBS.