Beginning today, I am making a tweak to my blog. I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday I plan to share the heart behind one the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is a Backyard Kids Club Kit.
Summer brings one of the best outreach opportunities churches will have all year. Long days, restless kids, and desperate parents combine to open doors to church-sponsored events that might otherwise remain closed. Day camps, sports and arts camps, and Vacation Bible Schools remain popular summer diversions with churched and unchurched families alike.
VBS alone attracts millions of kids, teens, and adults, with an average of 10 percent reporting to be unchurched. While hosting activities on the church campus remains the most popular way of providing summer ministry opportunities, churches are beginning to expand the evangelistic potential of the summer by hosting a campus Bible school, then taking it outside the walls of the church and into the community by way of Backyard Kids Clubs.
By transferring the traditional activities of VBS to backyards, front porches, and shade trees, churches are taking the gospel to kids and families who might never respond to an invitation to a church campus event due to lack of interest, awareness of the opportunity, or transportation.
Last July, Kaye and I hosted a Backyard Kids Club in our home. Over 30 kids hung out at our place for a few hours, asking questions about the gospel and singing songs about Scripture. We loved getting to serve our community with a few simple tools.
If your church hasn’t decided how to do VBS this year, consider these five advantages for adding Backyard Kids Club to your summer outreach schedule:
- The gospel is shared with families who might never be reached through traditional ministry.
- Church members become missionaries to their neighbors as their homes become points of ministry for ongoing outreach opportunities.
- The church’s ministry and influence is increased beyond the normal reach of the campus.
- Three or four adults can successfully lead a Backyard Kids Club.
- Kids bring their friends – making promotion cheaper, easier, and more productive than the promotion needed for on-campus events.
If you’ve already decided to use the Journey Off the Map curriculum within the walls of your church, make sure you check out the Kids Field Kit. Kids will take this kit home with them after the event, carrying the gospel, Scripture games, and family conversations into their homes.
Whether your summer includes a traditional VBS, a Backyard Kids Club, or an event with Zip for Kids, make sure you give kids what matters. Heart transformation can only take place in response to the gospel.
To enter for a chance to win a FREE Backyard Kids Club Kit, enter below or click here and enter before 12:01 AM CT, Thursday April 30th: