Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS Jerry Vogel  [email_address] VBSIs/Previews 2010
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>In 2008, over 2.8 million people were enrolled in Vacation Bible Sch...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Over 86,000 decisions to accept Christ as Savior were reported as a ...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>More than 3,000 people committed their lives to church-related vocat...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Over 37,000 people were enrolled in Sunday School as a result of att...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Vacation Bible School is the single largest outreach event for most ...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>About 25 percent of baptisms are the result of Vacation Bible School...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>More people have come to know Jesus as Savior through VBS than throu...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>So, is evangelism during VBS important? </li></ul><ul><li>YES! </li>...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Every aspect of VBS helps to lay the foundation for evangelism… </li...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>However, the majority of salvation decisions will still be made duri...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>What are some of the  WORST  techniques that you have seen used duri...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>What are some of the  BEST  techniques that you have seen used  duri...
Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Taking into consideration this input, what might compose a list of  ...
Welcome DON’T:   Allow the service to go too long beyond the understanding and “sit”ability of the children. Their attenti...
Welcome DO:   Consider the age of children to be included in the evangelistic service. Keep it brief.
Welcome DON’T:   Use “high pressure” techniques….just for the sake of numbers.  Remember, God is the one who seeks out ind...
Welcome DO:   Respect the work of the Holy Spirit and remember “ YOU  do not save anyone!”
Welcome DON’T:   Just leave it up to each VBS room to do what the teachers feel is appropriate when it comes to evangelism.
Welcome DO:   Have a clear strategy for the evangelistic service:  one large group; services by age; individual presentati...
Welcome DON’T:   Jump to conclusions and give children more information than they need.
Welcome DO:   Present the simple gospel message of  God’s love for us  and his provision for forgiveness.
Welcome DON’T:   Use so many Bible verses that the children are overwhelmed. Make it personal.
Welcome DO:   Use Bible content as a part of the evangelistic message and emphasize that what is being shared is from the ...
Welcome DON’T:   Have everyone who “loves Jesus” raise their hand or simply come forward and fill out a card!
Welcome DO:   Consider using a response card during the invitation.
Welcome DON’T:   Assume that all counselors (including deacons and Sunday School teachers) know how to talk with children ...
Welcome DO:   Provide training for invitation counselors.
Welcome DON’T:   Encourage counselors to just use “whatever” in reviewing the gospel with children.
Welcome DO:   Provide specific resources for counselors to use during the decision-making time of the invitation.
Welcome DON’T:   Be fooled into thinking that one counselor can meet the needs of multiple children at one time.
Welcome DO:   Provide enough counselors to insure “one to one” counseling.
Welcome DON’T:   Ask “yes” or “no” questions.
Welcome DO:   When counseling, ask “open ended” questions.
Welcome DON’T:   Answer the question(s) for the child.  Consider wording the question a different way for clarification.
Welcome DO:   Encourage the child to express his own ideas and allow time for reflection.
Welcome DON’T:   Use a lot of “churchy” words…the language of Zion!
Welcome DO:   Avoid symbolic language.
Welcome DON’T:   Leave the child hanging on issues like… “will I ever sin again” or “if I mess up does that mean I didn’t ...
Welcome DO:   Anchor the memory and give immediate assurance of salvation.
Welcome DON’T:   Overlook an opportunity that God has given you to reach not only the child, but, the whole family.
Welcome DO:   Have a follow-up plan “after” VBS to get into the homes of those making decisions. Consider asking if the ch...
 
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  1. 1. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS Jerry Vogel [email_address] VBSIs/Previews 2010
  2. 2. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>In 2008, over 2.8 million people were enrolled in Vacation Bible Schools. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Over 86,000 decisions to accept Christ as Savior were reported as a result of VBS. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>More than 3,000 people committed their lives to church-related vocations during Vacation Bible School. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Over 37,000 people were enrolled in Sunday School as a result of attending VBS. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Vacation Bible School is the single largest outreach event for most churches. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>About 25 percent of baptisms are the result of Vacation Bible School. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>More people have come to know Jesus as Savior through VBS than through any other single outreach event! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>So, is evangelism during VBS important? </li></ul><ul><li>YES! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Every aspect of VBS helps to lay the foundation for evangelism… </li></ul><ul><li>Small group experiences in each room. </li></ul><ul><li>Large group experiences in each room. </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships built between students and leaders. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>However, the majority of salvation decisions will still be made during an evangelistic service planned specifically for sharing the gospel with VBS attendees. </li></ul><ul><li>Each of these services most often concludes with an invitation. Let’s take a look at this pivotal time during VBS. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>What are some of the WORST techniques that you have seen used during a VBS Evangelistic Invitation? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>What are some of the BEST techniques that you have seen used during a VBS Evangelistic Invitation? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS <ul><li>Taking into consideration this input, what might compose a list of DO s and DON’T s related to evangelistic invitations during VBS? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Welcome DON’T: Allow the service to go too long beyond the understanding and “sit”ability of the children. Their attention span is very short.
  16. 16. Welcome DO: Consider the age of children to be included in the evangelistic service. Keep it brief.
  17. 17. Welcome DON’T: Use “high pressure” techniques….just for the sake of numbers. Remember, God is the one who seeks out individuals and calls each into a personal relationship with Him through Jesus.
  18. 18. Welcome DO: Respect the work of the Holy Spirit and remember “ YOU do not save anyone!”
  19. 19. Welcome DON’T: Just leave it up to each VBS room to do what the teachers feel is appropriate when it comes to evangelism.
  20. 20. Welcome DO: Have a clear strategy for the evangelistic service: one large group; services by age; individual presentations in the VBS department rooms?
  21. 21. Welcome DON’T: Jump to conclusions and give children more information than they need.
  22. 22. Welcome DO: Present the simple gospel message of God’s love for us and his provision for forgiveness.
  23. 23. Welcome DON’T: Use so many Bible verses that the children are overwhelmed. Make it personal.
  24. 24. Welcome DO: Use Bible content as a part of the evangelistic message and emphasize that what is being shared is from the Bible, God’s Word. Use a “child friendly” translation.
  25. 25. Welcome DON’T: Have everyone who “loves Jesus” raise their hand or simply come forward and fill out a card!
  26. 26. Welcome DO: Consider using a response card during the invitation.
  27. 27. Welcome DON’T: Assume that all counselors (including deacons and Sunday School teachers) know how to talk with children about salvation.
  28. 28. Welcome DO: Provide training for invitation counselors.
  29. 29. Welcome DON’T: Encourage counselors to just use “whatever” in reviewing the gospel with children.
  30. 30. Welcome DO: Provide specific resources for counselors to use during the decision-making time of the invitation.
  31. 31. Welcome DON’T: Be fooled into thinking that one counselor can meet the needs of multiple children at one time.
  32. 32. Welcome DO: Provide enough counselors to insure “one to one” counseling.
  33. 33. Welcome DON’T: Ask “yes” or “no” questions.
  34. 34. Welcome DO: When counseling, ask “open ended” questions.
  35. 35. Welcome DON’T: Answer the question(s) for the child. Consider wording the question a different way for clarification.
  36. 36. Welcome DO: Encourage the child to express his own ideas and allow time for reflection.
  37. 37. Welcome DON’T: Use a lot of “churchy” words…the language of Zion!
  38. 38. Welcome DO: Avoid symbolic language.
  39. 39. Welcome DON’T: Leave the child hanging on issues like… “will I ever sin again” or “if I mess up does that mean I didn’t do it right?”
  40. 40. Welcome DO: Anchor the memory and give immediate assurance of salvation.
  41. 41. Welcome DON’T: Overlook an opportunity that God has given you to reach not only the child, but, the whole family.
  42. 42. Welcome DO: Have a follow-up plan “after” VBS to get into the homes of those making decisions. Consider asking if the child can be enrolled in Sunday School.
  43. 44. Leading an Evangelistic Invitation During VBS Jerry Vogel [email_address] VBSIs/Previews 2010
  44. 45. Welcome

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