Dr. Shane Garrison: VBS is the “most effective soul-winning outreach Southern Baptists have”

Lisa Misner Sergent —  November 11, 2015

Dr. Shane GarrisonThe IBSA Pastors’ Conference is happening now (Nov. 11) at First Baptist Church in Marion, IL. Dr. Shane Garrison, Campbellsville University, shared about reaching the spiritual orphans in our communities. “The vast majority of kids attending your church don’t come from Christian families, they are orphans spiritually,” said Garrison. “They [and their families] don’t hate the church. They just don’t care.”

Garrison called Vacation Bible School, “the most effective soul-winning evangelistic outreach to children and families that the Southern Baptists have in [their] arsenal.”

He urged churches to reach out to those orphans. “Our churches have become primarily focused on our kids. Fifty-one weeks of the year on focused on children of believing parents. Just five days a year [VBS] are focused on spiritual orphans.

“VBS is not for church kids…If you haven’t done one thing for the kids that are not there, your VBS is a failure.”

The Pastors’ Conference (#BuiltUp) ends at noon Wednesday and the IBSA Annual Meeting (#IBSA15) begins Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and goes through noon Thursday. Learn more about at www.IBSA.org/IBSA2015.

E-mail Mark Emerson and find out how IBSA can help your church host Vacation Bible School in 2016.

Lisa Misner Sergent

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Lisa is IBSA Director of Communications. A Missouri native, she moved to Illinois 22 years ago and arrived at IBSA a few years later.