Top Ten Ideas for VBS

Keith Tusing January 14, 2013 3

Top Ten Ideas for VBS Children\s Ministry YouthWill you be hosting Vacation Bible School? Will you be the Director for VBS? This month we will be offering reviews of some of the top VBS Curriculum providers. As we prepare to release those reviews I thought some general tips and ideas would be helpful. With that in mind here are our Top Ten VBS Ideas:

#1: VBS is worth the Investment!

As fewer churches seem to be offering VBS because of the challenges remember that it’s worth the investment. It will take time, volunteers and money to make it successful but it’s worth the effort. The vast majority of decisions for Christ happen at an early age. VBS is targeted at this age group. Also, there are many intangible benefits to our churches that do host VBS.

#2: Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

I love all the creative VBS themes and it make it a lot of fun to produce the event. One caveat is that we should never lose sight of the Main Thing – sharing Christ with kids. Be sure that the theme is not the primary focus of VBS.

#3: Don’t be overwhelmed by Decorating

Many of our VBS themes come with great decorating suggestions. The decorating will add to the event but don’t allow the decorating to adversely impact the time and effort placed in preparing to teach.

#4: Teach the Bible and Love Kids

Use creative methods to teach the lesson but keep the focus on the Bible. The theme can be fun but keep our focus on the scriptures. Let kids know that they are the reason we are hosting VBS and let them know we are glad they are here.

#5 Games = Fun = Memorable Moments

While every game does not have to have a teachable lesson we should be intentional about utilizing our game time to help kids remember the lessons.

#6 Crafts should be something a Kid is proud to keep

Put in the extra time and dollars to make crafts that an older child will be proud to own and keep.

Tip #7: Keep Kids Moving

Short periods of time in multiple locations will keep things exciting and help kids to stay focused.

Tip #8: Scripture Memory is Important

With all the excitement and activity of VBS we can sometimes forget to do the important things. Help kids to hide God’s word in their hearts.

Tip #9: Take Time to Pray

It’s so simple but so often overlooked.

Tip #10: Remember God is in Control

Be ready for God to do something extraordinary this year at VBS! What are you Top Tips for VBS? Leave a comment and let us know.


  1. Lindsey Whitney January 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Great reminders, especially about memorizing Scripture. Thanks!

    Lindsey @

  2. Eric Nichols February 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I am the Children’s Pastor at Thompson Station Church, Thompson Station, TN 37179. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for highlighting our 2012 VBS Logo. As you can imagine, our main drama leaned heavily on the Toy Story Characters. We had a parent video each one, so they can be viewed on youtube.

    Day One:

    The reveal for our 2013 Logo will be March 24th, 2013.

    Thanks again for the Buzz!
    In Jesus,
    Pastor Eric

    • Keith Tusing February 19, 2013 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Great job on the Logo and Theme! The stage set looks like so much fun!

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