It’s that time of year! Every spring the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) publishes reviews of new Vacation Bible School programs. Reviews include new programs developed for 2016 as well as recaps of perennial resources. This year’s new themes range from Orchards to Surf Shacks. In all, 24 reviews!
You’ll find all the reviews compiled in a free pdf via the link below.
How We Review
The review team this year includes CMT staff, trusted Christian educators with experience in planning and leading VBS programs in different settings and denominations, and students at Virginia Theological Seminary who recently completed a course in curriculum evaluation.
We carefully examine starter kits of each program reviewed. We open the kits, pour through all the materials, listen to the CDs and/or watch the videos. The reviews include the name of the publisher, a website url, and basic content of the starter kit and its cost. We note if additional expenditures are needed to operate a program.
Message and Purpose
We believe VBS can be a powerful tool for evangelism for your church. Be sure to select a program that mirrors the mission and theology of your church and community. Look beyond a catchy theme to the way scripture is used and the messages, both explicitly and implicitly, the participants will receive.
Often, VBS directors and leaders will need to adapt a program to insure it reflects their church’s teaching and beliefs. These decisions and changes should be made before volunteer staff are given materials to use.
Finally, Vacation Bible School should be fun and engaging for everyone involved. This is a time to celebrate God’s love and the goodness of creation!
Come See the VBS Programs at our Open House
Want to get a hands-on perspective? If you around the DC/Northern Virginia area, be sure to stop by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching located on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary. You can view all the VBS kits that we reviewed.
The open house is Saturday February 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. After that date, you can stop in during our regular hours. We are always open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The VBS kits will be on display through Easter.