Do You Want to Build a Tree House?

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We've had many requests for some additional help in creating the tree house featured in our Worship Rally set.  So grab your copy of Decorating Made Easy and let's take a closer look together.  The supply lists and diagrams you'll need are on pages 24-25.  The diagram on page 25 is also available on the CD-ROM included in Decorating Made Easy so that you can project and trace the panels using a digital or overheard projector.  Feel free to simplify and freehand as needed. Decide whether you ... Continue Reading

Enlisting Workers - Think Delegation

One of the most time-consuming tasks for many VBS directors is enlisting workers. Let me give you a tip – think delegation. One person enlisting every worker can be an overwhelming and joyless responsibility. One person enlisting three or four key leaders, who in turn enlist three or four workers, who in turn enlist more workers, takes tremendous pressure off the director plus insures a wide variety of people will be discovered and enlisted. No matter the size of the church it is ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Decorations, Part 2

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Enlist a decorating team to be responsible for the worship center, main entrance, and halls. Apply the 4 R’s of Decorating – Recycle, Recut, Reshape, and Repurpose from previous years. Host a decorating party the Saturday before VBS. Provide ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Creating Your VBS Budget

The three foundational components of VBS planning are a calendar, budget, and an event schedule. Together these three documents create a framework for the event and provide direction for everything from enlisting workers to purchasing snacks and crafts supplies. Last Thursday's post focused on creating a planning calendar. Now that you know your purpose and have a finalized calendar you are ready to create or rework an existing budget. The first step is to review budgets and actual costs from ... Continue Reading

The Pastor and the Paint Brush

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VBS is goin’ BIG in TEXAS! Children’s Minister, Brenda Bourgeois, at Redbud Baptist Church in Lubbock TX has put together an impressive team of people including Pastor Shon Wagner, Youth Minister James Taylor, and Deacon Terry Love. While building sets, James recalls Pastor Wagner with his sleeves rolled up, paint brush in hand—servant leadership for sure! More than 26 Redbud Baptist staff, deacons and church folks from a variety of professional backgrounds (including retired folks!) volunteered ... Continue Reading

Promoting VBS One Wave at a Time

Early and consistent promotion of the date, time, theme, and goals of VBS is strategic to a well-staffed and supported event. Potential workers need advanced notice to insure vacation and travel plans do not interfere with the dates of VBS. Other ministry leaders need the information to insure they do not over-schedule with competing activities. Advanced information also helps the congregation become enthusiastic about the theme, and encourages the collection of theme related items that can ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Decorations, Part 1

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Share your design ideas and ask church members to make it or bring it. You’d be surprised what church members can make or have stored in their attics. Coordinate with other churches to share decorations. Borrow decorations from a high school ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Create a Planning Calendar

Last week we explored the necessity of defining the purpose of your VBS before diving into details. I hope you took time this week to meet with your pastor to discuss his expectations and arrive at a common purpose. Now that you know the purpose, and the type of event your are planning, it is time to jump in with both feet and get started. LifeWay's VBS 2015 Administrative Guide for Directors provides some great resources and templates to help you develop a planning calendar, set up a budget, ... Continue Reading

Your VBS Needs Goals

What are your goals for VBS 2015? How many kids, teens, and adults do you plan to register? How many Kindergarteners are you preparing for? How many people will need to be fed during your VBS Celebration? I could go on, but you get the idea - YOU NEED GOALS. Failing to establish goals - such as registration and daily attendance numbers, unchurched families discovered, professions of faith, and number of people that will be connected with ongoing ministries -  is a big mistake. Without goals ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Prayer Support

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Provide church members with a prayer calendar listing each worker, specific needs, and the goals of VBS. Text or e-mail messages to a pre-enlisted prayer team. Prior to the week of VBS conduct a prayer walk through every room that will be ... Continue Reading