VBS, Football, & Blue Ridge Mountains = KMC

I can hardly wait to introduce the VBS 2013 theme! But if I told you today I would ruin the big surprise planned for June 4. Your kids are going to love it, and I’m pretty sure you will too. As I am often heard saying, “VBS 2013 is like nothing we have ever done before!”

Our VBS team is working around the clock dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. In addition to the theme, we will be revealing another big announcement as well. So stay tuned!

If you are like me, the minute you know the theme you will want to start planning. A great way to get a jump start on planning for VBS 2013 is by attending LifeWay’s Kids Ministry Conference, October 8-10, at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. Just think – Vacation Bible School AND October in the breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains. Can it get any better? Yes it can! Just wait until you see the lineup of guests.

Not only is KMC a time to learn from dozens of great breakout session leaders, but it will be a terrific opportunity to recharge and worship with Travis Cottrell, pastors Tony Merida and Clayton King, and Bible teacher Lisa Harper.

Of course October means football, so we have it covered with Coach Tommy Bowden and former football player John Croyle.

Visit the website to view the event schedule and to discover more featured guests, including Doug Fields, Melissa Trevathan, Sissy Goff, and Dave Thomas.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in October!

Behind the Scenes: VBS Preview

The following is a guest post from one of our event coordinators, Andy Dukes.  Andy got to spend some time working behind the scenes at this year’s VBS preview events!

I love events! I love the energy that events create and the excitement that events build in people who attend them. It is part of the reason I do what I do for a living. One of those events I am humbled to work on is LifeWay’s Vacation Bible School Preview Events. I am blessed to work with LifeWay’s VBS Ministry Specialist, Jerry Wooley, in pulling off these great conferences that showcase the year’s VBS theme from LifeWay. It is amazing the work that goes into pulling off a 2-day event. In fact, it takes approximately 11 months of preparation! In some ways, our team begins to dream and plan for future events before the current event is even over. We do it because it’s a part of a larger effort to make every event better than the one before.

But all of that work doesn’t just go into a single 2-day event. Our season of VBS events begins the first week of January and run through the middle of February. This past year, we had 8 total VBS events spanning 6 weeks and 4 states. In total, almost 5000 people attended a VBS event across the country. In that context, it begins to make sense how much time and energy is put into VBS Previews!

At each location, our team shows up a couple of days in advance to ultimately transform our location into a world of VBS! Teaching faculty decorate their rooms in VBS decor, we set up a bookstore, an event store, our auditorium, and our famous VBS expo where conferees can go hands-on and experience all that VBS has to offer. And we do this week after week as thousands of people come to preview what VBS will feel like, sound like, taste like, and look like!

As an Event Coordinator, it is some of the most fun work I do. Not only do we have a great team, but we know our purpose is more than just provide a fun event for people. For so many, these events are a jumping off point as they remain faithful and obedient to what the Lord has called them to do and that is make the message of Jesus Christ clear to kids in their community through VBS. It excites me that the event does not end when people leave the Preview. Instead, it is just the beginning and God takes what they learn in 2 days and transforms it into a life-changing experience for kids and adults everywhere. And that is why I do what I do.

More VBS Decorating Ideas Coming Your Way

With VBS and camps just weeks away, we have some great tips and ideas to share on tomorrow’s Kids Ministry 101 Show.

Ann Oliver, preschool ministry leader from Paris, Tennessee, will share great preschool decorating ideas and fun extras for Amazing Wonders Aviation. Mark Jones, decorator extraordinaire from Oklahoma City, has AWA site ideas for even the most artistically challenged (which includes me).

CentriKid Camp specialists Jeremy Echols and Mary Carlisle will be on hand to help you get yourself and your kids ready for camp.

Also on the show will be Brian Haynes, author of Shift: What it Takes to Finally Reach Families Today, and Scott Kindig who will present three basic strategies parents and the church need to raise radical kids.

Join us tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Central at lifeway.com/kidsministry101show.

We’ll be looking for you.

Door hanger Template

Hi guys, I fielded a question regarding our VBS 2013 Door hanger template that is usually online in our downloadable section of the website. Unfortunately it’s not there yet, so I wanted to post it on the blog in the meantime. :)

We changed the designed this year, so the old template will no longer work.

Here are the templates! Enjoy!



Template Instructions


Hi guys, Keith again.  I noticed a function was not working correctly on the 12_Door_Hanger_TEMPLATE_2 and so I have gone back in to fix it. If you downloaded it before today (March 6, 2012), the file will not work correctly. Thanks all!