Vacation Bible school: Much more than wholesome fun for kids

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Vacation Bible school is more than wholesome fun for kids; it’s also about church members of all ages being missionaries in local communities.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is offering training to help church leaders turn this summer’s vacation Bible school into an evangelist outreach. Called REFOCUS: Evangelistic VBS, the initiative will involve experts in vacation Bible school and personal evangelism.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is bringing them together at regional training sites in April.

Jerry Wooley, who trained more than 600,000 people during the decade he spent as the national vacation Bible school leader of LifeWay Christian Resources, said the excitement and attraction of VBS has been used to birth new churches and revitalize existing ones.

“VBS becomes a focused rallying point for congregations who become missionaries, if only for a week, to their own communities and neighborhoods,” Wooley said.

KBC Evangelism Team Leader Todd Gray said the purpose of REFOCUS is to inspire and equip leaders to be more intentional in personal evangelism and to focus on leading the church to be evangelistic.

"According to researchers at Barna Group, nearly half of all children who accept Christ as their Savior do so before the age of 13," said Gray. "We need to be ready to engage children with the gospel and effectively walk them through their decision."

Wooley and Gray will lead REFOCUS at six locations throughout Kentucky beginning at Graves County Baptist Association in Mayfield, Ky., on April 23. Two-hour training also will be held in Ashland, Berea, Bronston, Louisville and Owensboro.

REFOCUS: Evangelistic VBS is part of a series of evangelism strategies designed to help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ. The next training will be REFOCUS: Gospel Preaching and Invitation coming in August.

For more information, contact evangelism@kybaptist.org or visit www.kybaptist.org/refocus.

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