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Free VBS ideas e-book from IBSA

VBS ideas e-bookGet tips and ideas for how to plan your church's best Vacation Bible School, whether you're a new-comer, 20-year veteran, or returning for the first time since your own days of Kool-Aid and cookies. Get your free PDF copy of "VBS Ideas for Sharing" now.

How to grow a Sunday School class

Ask yourself this important question: Does my small group or Sunday School class consistently reach new people for Christ? Get some simple tips to keep your class fresh and growing.

Mark Emerson

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 Church Resources
 (217) 391-3136

Cathy Waters

Cathy WatersMinistry Coordinator
Church Resources Team
(217) 391-3124

Groups Matter - Sunday School Resource Conference

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August 28-29, 2015 in two locations.

Led by experts in leadership development and church growth from LifeWay and the IBSA Church Resources Team.  

  • Develop your leaders - training for small group leaders, teachers, pastors and coaches.
  • Launch new groups - learn how churches grow when groups grow.
  • Feed your people - survey new Bible studies and disciple-making curriculum.

Choose a location closest to you: IBSA Building, Springfield or Logan Street Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon.  The cost is $10 per person.  Participants can come Friday only, Saturday only or attend both days to experience the full training.  Every participant will receive a bag with Sunday School resources.  Register today!

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Detailed schedule for Springfield                                

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Detailed schedule for Mt. Vernon   

For more information, contact Cathy Waters at (217) 391-3124 

Black Sunday School Celebrations

Black Sunday School CelebrationsBlack Sunday School Celebrations
September 12, 2015 (Saturday)
Broadview Missionary Baptist Church, Broadview


What a glorious opportunity to celebrate, worship, and be equipped! No matter what you call your Bible studies, no matter when or where they meet, no matter how big or small they are, there's SOMETHING for you at this conference. With the great variety of elective conference offerings, you will not want to miss the event.

The Black Sunday School Celebration has brought together an outstanding faculty offering a variety of conferences that speak to every area of Sunday School work and Bible study leadership. Whether you work with the youngest preschool or the oldest adult, or give leadership to your entire Bible study ministry, there is something specifically for you. Plus, there will be a wonderful time of praise and celebration to kick things off on a hight note!

Featured Guests
Mark CrostonDr. Croston is the National Director of Black Church Partnerships at LifeWay Christian Resources, a strong communicator, a pastor, and an advocate of building strong Sunday Schools that build strong churches and transform lives.

Cost: $29
Register online today!

IBSA Lending Library

LibraryDownload the IBSA Lending Library Catalog

The IBSA Lending Library is an excellent new look at an old tool for Pastors, Sunday School teachers and members of Southern Baptist churches in Illinois. Our library operates just like your local library.  Browse to see which leader's kit you would like to check, then contact Cathy Waters at IBSA with the following information:
- Contact's name
- Contact 's church
- Contact's telephone number
- Address (Please specify if it is a residence or a business address)
- The date you intend to begin your study

IBSA will issue a due date for your item. If you need to borrow the study for longer than the assigned due date, contact us to extend your borrowing time. This is important so we can give waiting churches a projected date of when studies will be returned and available for borrowing.

At this time, we are only able to loan materials to Illinois churches.  All materials listed in this catalog are available to borrow at minimal cost to your church.  All we ask is that your church pay the return shipping to IBSA.

For more information or to request materials, call Cathy Waters at (217) 391-3124, or e-mail

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