By Kelcey Fry, family life & worship pastor, HiWay Baptist Church, Mesa, and new AZSBC state VBS director –
GEAR UP! GET READY! GAME ON! After this spring’s state VBS Conference, held April 7 at North Phoenix Baptist Church, church leaders were ready to play and ready to share Jesus with children all around Arizona through Vacation Bible School.
The annual conference focuses on training local church volunteers how to better reach the children in the community around them. Leaders took part in worship rallies full of prizes that benefit their church’s VBS. All who attended went to a core session that was focused on teaching their specific class: 1st grade, music, crafts, youth, etc. They also were allowed to choose two breakout sessions that focused on different obstacles that arise in VBS: Sharing the Gospel with Children, Secrets to Reaching Gen Z, Training Youth to Lead VBS, etc.
This year, over 250 people from 32 churches attended the training. Vacation Bible School is still one of the biggest evangelism tools that a church can use. On average, 10 percent of kids who attend a VBS are not associated with a church. For the average church in Arizona, that is somewhere between 5-10 new kids. Would reaching 5-10 new kids be a big deal for your church? LifeWay has conducted studies showing us that for every one leader trained, there is a salvation. It is just under a 1:1 ratio. Those are odds that are hard not to get behind!
We are grateful for the giving of Arizona Southern Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program, which helps us fund these conferences. This makes it easier to attend and be a part of the trainings.
Help us reach the children of Arizona and be a part of raising a generation that follows Jesus!