Breakout Session Information

Breakout Session Topics

Non-Curriculum Specific Breakouts

  • Characteristics of Kids (Heather Malm)

Shine the light on who kids are and we are better equipped to teach them. (Episode 1: Grades 1-2; Episode 2: Grades 3-4)

  • Creating a Healthy Environment (Leigh Ann Stark and Ashley Seuell) Handout Only

Practical tips for implementing Covid Protocols.

  • Everyone Can Pray! (Sara Eves)

Engaging the whole church to pray for VBS from planning through follow-up. 

  • Extend your VBS, Explore the Possibilities! (Jim Gantenbein & Leigh Ann Stark)

Say, “Yes” to VBS! VBS continues to be the best way to disciple and share the gospel with kids and families. VBS ministry is part of 25% of baptisms. Explore practical tips within four strategies for VBS. Find a strategy that will work for your church and community. 

  • Extend your VBS to the Neighborhood (Sara Eves)

Tips and tricks for hosting a great off campus VBS. Extend the reach of your VBS using Backyard Kids Club curriculum. Explore the logistics of hosting, ways to engage parents and how to train the team. 

  • Extend your VBS to Virtual (Rebecca Oosterhout)

Tips and tricks for hosting a great virtual VBS. Extend the reach of your VBS. 

  • From Puzzle Pieces to Art Work (Melanie Annes)

These organization tips will take the chaos out of preparing a resource pack for easy use during VBS or Sunday mornings. 

  • Guiding Behavior (Jackie Clay)

Creating an experience that engages kids while facilitating learning and reducing negative behavior.


  • Inclusive Preschool Class Tools and Tips (Davina Payne)

Tools and tips to care for kids with special needs as part of a preschool class.


  • Kids Crafts Rotation Introduction (Carla Goss)


Tips for planning creative craft rotations that reinforce Biblical truth for any VBS curriculum. 

  • Sharing the Gospel with Kids: More than a Single Conversation (Leigh Ann Stark)

A foundation for faith begins at birth, and continues through conversations about Jesus that lead to a salvation decision. The faith journey continues through discipleship. Explore stages of spiritual development, tips for sharing the Gospel, and resources for discipleship.

  • Shine the Light on Preschoolers (Laurie Panter)

Shine the light on who preschoolers are and we are better equipped to teach them. 

  • Top 5 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe (Ashley Seuell)

We know that we should run background checks and have more than one worker per group or class. But is there more we can and should do? What really works to keep our kids safe, especially in today’s world where school is on Zoom and the average kid has a cellphone by age 10? Let’s talk about that!

  • We Are the Light: Developing a Healthy Approach to Safety (Ashley Seuell)

In many churches, the safety of minors is seen as the concern of a few people. Everyone else just follows a list of regulations or sits on the sidelines... but there is a better way. In this session, we will discuss ideas for developing a healthy, whole-church approach to safety, including reaching out beyond the church walls.

2021 VBS: Destination Dig Breakout Sessions

  • Decorating Kids VBS Class Room - Creative ideas for Destination Dig Bible Study. (Jackie Clay)

  • I Dig Kindergartners!  Discovering the treasures in the Kindergarten VBS material. (Gay McNeil)

    • Episode 1: Discovering the Treasure in the Leader Guide

    • Episode 2: Daily Dig Plans and Activities

  • Kids Crafts Rotation (Debbie Martin and Carla Goss)

    • Day 1 Samples and Tips

    • Day 2 Samples and Tips

    • Day 3 Samples and Tips

    • Day 4 Model Craft Rotation

    • Day 5 Model Craft Rotation

  • Kids Music Rotation - Tips for planning music rotations that reinforce Biblical truth. (Kristin Walker)

  • Preschool VBS Room Tour - Tour a preschool classroom before and after it is set up for VBS. Hear tips for creating a preschool environment that facilitates guiding behavior. (Gay McNeil)

  • Preschool Rotations - Tips for planning preschool rotations that reinforce Biblical truth for LifeWay’s Destination Dig. (Laurie Panter)

  • Teaching Kids 101 - Tour LifeWay Multiage Kids VBS Leader Guide and discover valuable tips for teaching kids at VBS.
    (Cathy Gantenbein)

  • Teaching Kids VBX (Grades 5-6) - Tour LifeWay VBX Leader Guide and discover valuable tips for teaching preteens at VBS. (Jackie Clay)


  • What’s New? - As VBS Mentors prepared for this training event, we discovered things that inspired and excited us! Take a pictorial peek to see what we found. (Handout only) (Leigh Ann Stark)


2020 VBS: Concrete & Cranes Breakout Sessions

  • Concrete and Cranes - Preschool VBS Overview – Tips for teaching preschoolers using LifeWay’s Concrete and Cranes VBS. (Laurie Panter)