Advice From the Experts - Using Teenagers as Workers, 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. Restrict cell phone usage during VBS. Partner each teen with an adult worker. Hold a separate training session for teens on “How to be a Volunteer”. Ask teens to sign a contract that clearly states expectations and responsibilities. Conduct a ... Continue Reading

Start Planning Now for Continuing the Connections After VBS

If you haven't already done so, now is the time to begin planning for VBS 2015, and the first order of business is to determine the purpose. You need to answer the question, "What do we want to see happen as a result of VBS 2015?" Once answered, you need to establish goals achieve that outcome. I believe many of us put tremendous time and effort into VBS without first sitting goals or thinking about what we hope to achieve. Of course I hope your ultimate goal is to create the most ... Continue Reading

Creating a VBS Family Experience Designed to Connect, Not Just Celebrate

Family Night has long been part of the VBS tradition. For decades the night has been an opportunity to demonstrate memorized Scripture, songs, and display arts and crafts created during the week. Adapted from the public school PTA parent night, where parents were given the opportunity to meet teachers and review of the progress of their children, VBS Family Night served much the same purpose. Of course, the night was fully sanctioned as an official church event by serving ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Using Teenagers as Workers, 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. Require teenagers to submit an application that includes their testimony, a statement of what they liked best about VBS when they were kids, and a statement of why they wish to work in VBS. Use this information to help you assign appropriate ... Continue Reading

6 Essentials for Connecting with Unchurched Families

Churches often discover more unchurched individuals and families during VBS than all the rest of the weeks of the year combined. Collectively we discover over 1,000,000 unchurched individuals each year. Ten percent of all VBS attendees are from unchurched families. When you add parents and siblings not attending VBS, the typical VBS results in 35 to 40 unchurched individuals. When parents decide to allow their kids to attend VBS, they are taking a step (whether they realize it or not) towards ... Continue Reading

Relationship vs. Process - Which Best Describes Your VBS?

The past two years I have frequently spoken and written about replacing the idea of VBS follow-up with the need for continuing the connections established during the week of VBS. This has been an attempt to help us all think about what we do following VBS in terms of relationship instead of a process. There is no doubt we are good at identifying unchurched families and involving their kids in VBS. If there were a VBS report card we would most likely receive a B or possibly even an A for our ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Communicating With Workers

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. Ask all teachers to carry a cell phone during VBS so they can call the director if they have a problem or need. Create a group messaging list for emergency messages. People are better than signs for directions. Use greeters to help parents and ... Continue Reading

The Ages Look to You - As VBS Leaders We Must Do Our Part Well

I recently wrote that if given the opportunity today, I believe Charles Spurgeon might make kids ministry his life’s calling. He certainly had a deep admiration for those who had the responsibility for kids ministry and believed the title of Sabbath (Sunday) School Teacher as the greatest title and honor a person could have. If he were able to deliver a challenge to those gathering this month for VBS Preview, or to the thousands upon thousands of volunteers who will work in VBS 2015, his ... Continue Reading

New Look for Adult VBS 2016

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 Take a quick peek at the new look for Adult VBS resources. Everything is now packaged in a handy snap closure portfolio envelope. The leader guide is a book rather than a stack of loose pages. All the great resources like a CD-ROM, posters, and sample learner are still included. And the price has been reduced! What a great reason to give Adult VBS a try.      Here are some ways churches use Adult VBS: 1. The Wednesday or Sunday nights prior to VBS to spiritually prepare ... Continue Reading