Vacation Bible School

Friday, November 21, 2014

Associational VBS Directors Advanced Training

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: MBC Baptist Building, 400 E. High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Training is designed to help Associational VBS Directors and DOMs prepare for VBS 2015 by giving them advanced resources they need to enlist their Associational VBS Team and gain insight and tips to help them get ready for their Associational VBS Clinic.

Training is also designed to give churches with no associational affiliation an opportunity to get their Church VBS Director training so they can lead a VBS Workshop for their church.

Guest Speaker is Jerry Wooley, Vacation Bible School Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources in Nashville, TN.

Cost is $8.00 per person. Please register before Friday, November 14, 2014.

  • Associational VBS Directors
  • Co-Associational VBS Directors
  • Associational Directors of Missions (DOMs)
  • Church VBS Directors from churches without an associational affiliation.

Associations and churches must cover their own travel expenses. The MBC will cover the cost of the training and materials. If you are traveling 200 miles or more one way the MBC will provide lodging for Thursday night, November 20. Lodging requests must be received by Friday, November 7, 2014. We do not cover expenses for spouses. If you bring your spouse, you will be expected to pay for their lunch ($8) and lodging ($40).

Download Registration Form (PDF)

Register Online Now!

Lifeways VBS Tools

Click on the VBS Tools logo to simplify your planning and registration process for Vacation Bible School.

Order your VBS materials from LifeWay Christian Resources
at 1-800-458-2772 or click on the image below.


LifeWay’s Club VBS . . .

  1. Curriculum especially designed for smaller churches.
  2. Alternative for any church wanting an optional theme for a late summer VBS.
  3. Additional curriculum for Wednesday nights or special days once a week in the summer.

Check out this excellent tool for VBS Directors and Pastors a VBS Follow-Up Training Video by Sue Harmon, South Carolina Baptist Convention.

Why Do VBS?

Jeanne Burns, Adjunct Profess or Christian Education at Midwestern Seminary, answers the question, “Why in the world do we still do Vacation Bible School?” To read this insightful article, click here.

VBS Certificates and Reports

To receive a VBS Certificate, churches must complete the requirements listed in the VBS Standard.

Beginning this year you can now download, edit and print your own VBS Standard or VBS Advanced Standard certificate.  Click the certificate you earned, enter your information, and print.  If you need assistance, please contact Pam Jeffries at 1-800-736-6227 ext. 337.

In order to easily edit these files, you must download and view them using Adobe Acrobat Reader (available here).  To download these files, right click on the links below and choose “Save As…”

2014 Standard VBS Certificate
2014 Advanced Standard VBS Certificate

Note: Missouri Churches using curriculum other than LifeWay curriculum, will need to complete one more additional action than stated in the instructions on the VBS Standard since they cannot complete Action # V.1.

Submit your VBS Reports by using the preprinted personalized form mailed to your church, or click to download a blank form (VBS Report 2014). All churches and missions should report their VBS regardless of the curriculum used. If your church did not offer VBS, please report zeros on the form.

Online Option: Complete the report and enter your VBS information into the Southern Baptist Directory Services via the Web site and follow directions on the annual VBS Report Form.

Mail Option: Complete the report, make copies, keep one for your records, and mail the forms to:

  1. Your Association Office
  2. Missouri Baptist Convention, Childhood Ministry Office, 400 E High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101-3253
  3. VBS Report Desk (MSN 177), LifeWay Christian Resources, One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234

Fax Option: Complete the report and fax it to:   (mail a copy to your associational office)

  1. Missouri Baptist Convention, Childhood Ministry Office, 573-635-5869
  2. LifeWay Christian Resources, 615-251-3937

Click here to report your Associational VBS Clinic Final Report Online.

To submit a printed report for your Associational VBS Clinic download the Associational VBS Clinic Final Report Form, return completed form by mail or fax to the MBC Childhood Ministry Office as directed at bottom of form.

What to Look for in VBS Materials

Curriculum should be activity-oriented, Bible-based, and child-centered. Two questions a church needs to ask themselves are:

  1. Why do we do VBS?
  2. What do we want to accomplish?

Answering these questions truthfully is the starting point in choosing VBS materials wisely. Listed below are other criteria to consider.

Biblical Content
  • Accuracy
  • Age-appropriate
  • Background study for teachers
  • Theologically sound
  • Planning helps
  • Ease of use
  • Visually attractive
  • Choices available for teacher and pupil
Evangelistic Emphasis
  • Consistently presented
  • Age-appropriate
Administrative Concerns
  • Denominational distinctives
  • Reasonably priced
  • Support materials available
Educational Philosophy
  • Variety of learning styles and approaches
  • Includes life application
  • Focused on pupil needs
  • Educationally sound – age appropriate
Other Considerations
  • Southern Baptist Missions emphasized
  • Identity and background of writers
  • Outreach and follow-up ideas
  • Culturally friendly