1 in 4 baptisms direct result of vacation Bible school

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - With about one in four baptisms directly tied to vacation Bible school, churches have access to one of the best evangelistic tools available.

But what if VBS could be better? Not with better songs or snacks, but better at reaching kids' hearts with the gospel.

That's what REFOCUS: Evangelistic VBS hopes to provide.

"According to researchers at Barna Group, nearly half of all children who accept Christ as their Savior do so before the age of 13," said Todd Gray, KBC's Evangelism team leader. "We need to be ready to engage children with the gospel and effectively walk them through their decision."

REFOCUS: Evangelistic VBS is the Kentucky Baptist Convention's way of inspiring churches to do just that by equipping VBC leaders to be more intentional about personal evangelism.

Gray and Jerry Wooley, the former national vacation Bible school leader for LifeWay Christian Resources, will guide leaders through the sessions.

Wooley worked with LifeWay from 2006 to 2016, and initiated a process that annually trained more than 60,000 church leaders in how to minister to children through VBS.

The 2-hour training events will be offered in April at six regional locations: Berea, Bronston, Cannonsburg, Louisville, Mayfield and Owensboro. The training and lunch is free. Registration is required.

REFOCUS: Evangelistic VBS is part of a series of evangelism strategies designed to help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ. The next training will be REFOCUS: Gospel Preaching and Invitation coming in August.

For more information, contact evangelism@kybaptist.org or visit www.kybaptist.org/refocus.

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