This page provides administrative guidance and steps for using the VBS Transfer Plan to transfer prospects discovered in VBS to the Sunday School rolls. This is an excellent follow-up approach to conserve the results of VBS, mission VBS and Backyard Bible Clubs.
USING THE VBS TRANSFER PLAN
When Vacation Bible School has been a good experience for pupils, an invitation to continue that experience is often met with enthusiasm and positive response.
Vacation Bible School has become a major strategy for growth in many churches since it is supportive of the Sunday School's tasks. Sunday School enrollment increases can be dramatic when the VBS Transfer Plan is used. The concept is to transfer VBS pupils who are not members of any Sunday School to your Sunday School roll.
When properly understood and used, the VBS Transfer Plan can help your church take advantage of the evangelistic and outreach opportunities of Vacation Bible School.
The VBS director, pastor, and Sunday School director are responsible for interpreting and leading the church to implement this plan. Parents of preschoolers and children should be asked for permission to transfer the child from Vacation Bible School to Sunday School. Youth and adults not enrolled in Sunday School may give their own permission.
Once permission is given, prepare class record cards for these new Sunday School members. Plan for follow-up letters to go out and visits to be made within one week of the transfer.
GET READY BEFORE Vacation Bible School
Preparation for using the Transfer Plan includes these actions:
GET SET DURING Vacation Bible School
These steps, when taken during VBS, can increase the potential impact of the Transfer Plan:
GO, VISIT, AND WITNESS AFTER Vacation Bible School
After Vacation Bible School, Sunday School visitation should focus on new members and prospects who already have been cultivated through VBS. Visitation should continue until all VBS pupils not attending a Sunday School have an opportunity to transfer to your Sunday School. Each person transferring to Sunday School should receive a letter from the pastor expressing appreciation for becoming a part of the Sunday School. The appropriate Sunday School department director or class teacher should visit to get acquainted with the person transferring and the family members.
Family members may be guests of your church for the Wednesday night supper. Adults may invite prospects to their home for a meal or informal fellowship time. Youth prospects may be invited on youth trips, camps, retreats, and other social events. Parents of preschool prospects can be encouraged to participate in Mother's Day Out or in family- or parent-enrichment activities or seminars.
The key to reaching new people for your Sunday School through VBS is to enroll as many unsaved and unchurched children, youth, and adults as possible. Then conduct the follow-up actions necessary to cultivate and assimilate them into the life and ministry of your church.
Prepared by John McInnis, Associate, Sunday School Department, Florida Baptist Convention, Jacksonville. Garry W. Insko, Team Leader, Ministry Design Resources Section. Judy Wooldridge, Manager Ministry Design Resources Section. Bill L. Taylor, Director, Bible Teaching-Reaching Division. Billie Pate, Associate Director, Bible Teaching-Reaching Division. O. Eugene Mims, Vice-President, Church Growth Group. James T. Draper, Jr., President, The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Permission is granted to duplicate this plan for use in training workers in a Sunday School or Vacation Bible School. However, it may not be reprinted in a salable product without permission of the publisher, The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, TN.