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Anna Johnson

Deaconess Anna Johnson is a marketing manager at Concordia Publishing House. After graduating from the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, she continued her studies at the University of Colorado—Denver in education and human development. She has worked as a church youth director and served a variety of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland. Anna loves playing video games and drinking a hot cup of tea almost as much as she loves her cat and her husband.

Recent Posts by Anna Johnson

Join Us for VBS 2019 at Miraculous Mission

We're bursting with excitement for our 2019 VBS theme, Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World. Join us for an interstellar adventure as we learn about our God who created our amazing universe and also loves each of us with a vast and amazing love. Here's a sneak peek at the Bible lessons and space-filled fun that awaits!

Preparing to be a VBS Site Leader

Being a VBS site leader is a fun and important job! Yet, where to start? Follow these 3 easy steps as you get ready for your role as a spectacular site leader at VBS!

Extending VBS throughout the Summer

The goal of VBS it to share the Good News of Jesus with children so that they may be connected to Christ for a lifetime! Yet, with everything else going on in the summer months, it can be easy to let VBS become an isolated, one-week event in your congregation.  If you're looking for a few ideas on how to extend VBS throughout the summer, here are a few tips for deepening learning beyond the normal course of VBS.

Streamline VBS Planning with Technology Tools

Using technology for VBS planning can be double-edged sword. On one hand, technology tools can help make work efficient and get the word out for VBS, but on the other, using too much technology can often become a distraction that takes the focus off of the mission of VBS—to connect kids with the Gospel. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate technology into VBS without making it a distraction.

4 Ways to Teach Kids about Lent

During the forty days of Lent, Christians of all ages may choose to give up something of value in order that they may spend more time focusing on the Word of God and prayer. How can leaders in the church help kids observe Lent? What are some developmentally appropriate activities for kids during this time of repentance? Here are four ways that you can help kids at your church observe Lent.

Ideas for a Family Sunday School Event

Every once in a while you just need to shake things up a bit. At our church, “every once in a while” means about twice a year. So, twice a year (for us it’s typically at the end of the first quarter and the end of the second quarter), we have what we call “Family Sunday School.” We like that name better than Biannual Intergenerational Sunday School Event.

Create Buzz around Your Church's 2018 VBS Program

It's exciting to share the 2018 VBS selection to your church. But what's the best way to do it? Bulletin blurbs and preservice announcements are a great way to start, but what else can you do to build excitement? Here are some effective ways to build excitement around VBS 2018.

3 Steps to Start VBS Planning

It’s never too early to start thinking about your upcoming VBS program! When is the best time to start planning? How often should you check in with your team along the way? Read this post and download our free VBS Planning Calendar to get a jump start on this year’s program.

Focusing on the Message of Epiphany

What is Epiphany?

Epiphany is the day that the Church remembers the coming of the Wise Men (or Magi) who came to worship Jesus. This true account of the Wise Men's visit is in Matthew 2:1–12. Historically, the Church has celebrated this day on January 6.

How to Address Different Skill Levels in Your Sunday School Class

No two kids are the same. We all know that. And just because a group of kids are all in the same grade doesn’t mean they all have the same gifts, interests, and abilities. Thus, even though you might be teaching a certain grade-level class, there will naturally be a wide variation of skill and knowledge within that group. Some students may have special needs that affect their learning. But what if you have a class that doesn’t even have kids from all the same grade level? These types of situations happen all the time in Sunday School.