I was surprised by what I heard.
The conference speaker is the pastor of a vibrant DFW church that has long been a model for effective missions and ministry. That’s why I was so surprised.
He said he would pull the plug on Vacation Bible School (VBS) in any church he served. He explained that he sees VBS as chaotic and unproductive, and that the only guaranteed outcome is exhausted workers.
My response was, “Well, you should experience a Vacation Bible School at Alsbury!”
VBS may be our most effective experience each year. Hundreds of children attend from throughout our community. We have almost as many workers as children. Our older kids and teenagers serve the younger kids. Children with special challenges are assigned a buddy so no child is left out of the fun.
No, rather than chaotic, ineffective and draining, Vacation Bible School at Alsbury is exciting, productive and rewarding. It just may be the best part of the summer!
And it all starts this Sunday evening.