(Article first published in the Baptist Beacon, July, 2014)
Vacation Bible School (VBS) remains one of the most effective annual evangelistic activities among many Southern Baptist churches nationwide. All across our state, Michigan Baptist churches are conducting VBS as a way to reach their community. In addition, VBS isn’t just a ministry to the children. VBS can be a bridge to reach entire families for Christ.
A few weeks ago, I was visiting Eastgate Baptist Church in Burton. Karen Howe shared her testimony of how she sent her young daughter to VBS. Through the faithful follow up of two VBS teachers, she and her daughter were invited to Sunday School and eventually came to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She now is a key leader in the hospitality ministry of the church. That is just one of hundreds of testimonies of a transformed life that was first touched through Vacation Bible School.
VBS is so much more than decorations, fun games, and fruit drinks. Unchurched individuals and families can be reached with the gospel each summer through intentional evangelistic efforts of a church through VBS. Through Vacation Bible School, a church will see professions of faith and new church members of children, youth and adults. In addition, churches will establish long-term relationships with those families in its community.