Associational VBS Team Training Institute

For DOMs and Association VBS Directors

Associational VBS Team Training Institutes are taking place in early March, 2021. The training is designed to help DOMs and Associational VBS Directors prepare to lead their Associational VBS Clinic.

Meetings go from 8:30 to 2:30 with breakfast and lunch provided with registration.

LifeWay's VBS Tools

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 here.

  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.

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. 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…”

2020 Church VBS Certificate
2020 Associational VBS Certificate

*Due to COVID-19 reporting for 2020 VBS has changed. Please use one of the two options below for reporting.

Mail Option: Complete this report, VBS Church Report 2020, make copies, keep one for your records, and mail the form to: 400 East High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

2020 VBS Church Report

Online Option: Enter your VBS info online at No login credentials required.

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