I am sure you have heard of the 80-20 rule. I have used the principle most of my adult life in business and in church. Simplistically it means…
80 percent of all output is achieved through only 20 percent of input. Or 20 percent of input achieves 80 percent of output. Examples are……
20 percent of products account for 80 percent of revenues.
80 percent of sales come from 20 percent of the customers.
20 percent of the people give 80 percent of the money to churches or charities.
80 percent of the work is done by 20 percent of the people.
20 percent of your effort will generate 80 percent of your results.
This principle was first observed in Switzerland in 1896 by Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian engineer turned economist teacher. He wrote that 20 percent of the population owned 80 percent of the wealth. In the late 1940’s Dr. Joseph M. Juran called the principle "the Pareto’s Principle." The principle may not be scientific but relates to most aspects of life. The challenge of life is spending more effort on that part where we see the most results. To me this is being a good steward with what we have been given.
This principle applies to church work in almost every spectrum. The one I want us to examine is the percentage of people trusting Jesus as Savior. One out of four who comes to Jesus does so because of the efforts of VBS. One week out of 52 weeks results for 25 percent of salvations or another way of seeing this is 2 percent of the year results in 25 percent of salvations. This is the result of VBS in the average church. There is no other effort in church that I am aware of that results in such a large return for time invested. This is an awesome reward for the church’s stewardship.
You may want to look at it this way. Examine your church’s total budget and see how much you spend on VBS. Most churches spend a small amount of money for the return of influence and salvation of children and teens.
The aim of this article is: I am trying to point out that the blessing of VBS conversion is extremely high for the effort and money we spend.
Our associational VBS training led by Sonya Gaddy for the churches is Saturday, April 5 at Oakland Baptist Church from 9-11am.