I rocked some boats the first summer I changed our Vacation Bible School from on-campus to off-campus. Some who were working with me sent their kids down the street to a VBS at a sister church, and they would not have their kids participate in an off-campus VBS at our church.
That first summer, we doubled the number of people we reached and doubled the number of those who trusted Christ. After we celebrated a great week, two of my support staff resigned because they disagreed with my direction in ministry. VBS is about reaching the lost. Sadly, it can easily become a camp for Christian kids when it is done at the church.
Throughout the past 20+ years, I have led more than 30 preteen mission trips. By the Lord's grace, I took my former church out into our community to reach thousands of children with the Gospel. What has been incredible is that most of those kids we reached were reached by the children in our church. We discipled and equipped our kids for ministry and missions.
Do you have a burden to reach your community? Are saved kids attending your events with few to no decisions for Christ? It might be time to mobilize your church to go outside the building and into the community. Jesus would have been out in the world showing them His love and that He is the way.
On March 6-7, we are hosting our first Missions-Evangelism Conference in Weatherford, Texas. Through this conference, we will equip leaders to train and empower kids to be missionaries at home and in their communities and to fully engage them through their mission trips. Click here for more information and to register.