The age-old question continues. I’ve been asked by several people what I do about VBS. My answer to that is “I don’t.” I have chosen to not do VBS for a few reasons:
1. Every church does VBS. When it comes to finding a VBS there is definitely not a problem finding one. Just start looking out your car window as you pass your neighborhood church. Everyone will be displaying a VBS banner.
2. It’s one way I can promote unity. Instead of us doing a VBS I literally direct people to one of the 20 churches in our five mile radius that does a VBS.
3. I can use this time and money to focus on something unique for children.
4. I would rather our kids experience a kid’s camp that we do. I feel it’s more beneficial.
I do believe VBS is a good thing. Many churches do it and hit it out of the park every year. It’s just never been a part of my personal DNA. I’ve done events similar that we called KidFest, but even then it was more of a kid’s camp feel without spending the night.
Whatever you decide to do—do it 110%. My advice is to do it if you’re asked by your lead pastor to do it. You shouldn’t do it just for the sake of doing it, especially when you could direct those resources, monies, etc. to something that fits your church culture better.
Do you do VBS? Why or why not?