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

Thursdays Are For Training - Know Your Purpose

Last Thursday I introduced a series of training posts that will follow the six steps of leading a VBS as outlined in LifeWay's VBS 2015 Administrative Guide for Directors. Step 1: Know Your Purpose and Theme You may think knowing the purpose of VBS seems too elementary to even discuss. After all, don't we all know why we conduct VBS? Of course you know why you conduct VBS, and I know why I conduct VBS, but do we agree?  The truth is, gather a group of VBS leaders in a room and you will ... Continue Reading

Begin Well! Finish Strong!

Good morning VBS Leaders! It's March 3, and VBS is just around the corner! If this news makes you happy and you are performing cartwheels in front of your computer, you are probably well on your way to having workers enlisted, resources purchased, and schedules finalized. But, if you are one of the multitude in the wailing and gnashing of teeth crowd and uncertain of where to begin, take heart! We are here to help. Stop right now and check out these eight FREE VIDEO SESSIONS designed to ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Cutting Costs

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. Establish limits on reimbursements for teachers purchasing their own supplies. Decorate fewer rooms but use each room more often. Assign two groups to the same room and rotate them in and out. This will save on classroom supplies as well. Start ... Continue Reading

LifeWay's New Explorer Bible

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 by Andrea Spikes       We have heard many of you comment wanting a full Bible, not just a New Testament, to give your VBS kids, and so it’s here! VBS has partnered with Explore The Bible™ to release the Explorer Bible. It is the first time we have published a full Bible for VBS, which is exciting news. What is even more exciting is that the Explorer Bible will continue to be sold after this summer and so can be bought to partner with your fall curriculum. This ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training

Leading a Vacation Bible School - especially for the first time - can seem like a journey off the map. Whether following in the footsteps of a legacy or charting your own course, VBS can be overwhelming. Especially when you consider most of us led our first VBS as a result of someone - typically the pastor - walking up to us on a Sunday morning saying, "We need you to direct our VBS this year. There's really nothing to it. All you have to do is enlist workers, order resources, and get the word ... Continue Reading

Hands-on Mission Project for Journey Off the Map

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Would you like to teach your kids about serving others and being on mission right where they are? This year we have a great mission project that is totally customizable to your church and community. At one time or another many people may find themselves experience some "off the map" circumstances. During those times we can provide comfort and encouragement to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This year involve your kids in making "Off the Map Bags" to give to children in a local ... Continue Reading