Jack Lucas

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FIRST-PERSON: A fresh start with VBS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – In 2020, churches of the Illinois Baptist State Association reported a drastic decline in Vacation Bible School enrollment. Churches saw 73 fewer people participate in VBS due to pandemic-related shutdowns. While some churches pivoted to offer VBS in small modules, in driveways, or online, many were forced to postpone the 2020 version of a beloved, dependable outreach opportunity.

FIRST-PERSON: Discipleship for our new normal

"How can you be constructive about your 'virtual time' -- now that it's taking up an even larger part of your life?" Jack Lucas asks. Let's not neglect discipleship now, even though our methods and our questions will be different.

FIRST-PERSON: It’s over, but not really

When Vacation Bible School or an evangelistic event ends, the work isn't over, Jack Lucas writes, noting the importance of follow-up "to make significant contacts with people who, otherwise, may only encounter your church through one event."