Thursdays Are For Training - Scheduling Your VBS

There are basically two parts to scheduling your VBS: dates and times. Simple enough, especially if your church has scheduled VBS for the same week for decades. But, are you sure you have the right dates and times for the people you are trying to reach? It all goes back to knowing your purpose. Why are you conducting VBS? Who do you hope to reach? What do you want to be the end result of the week? Before moving to Nashville I served on staff of an inner city church. For decades VBS had ... Continue Reading

Do You Want to Build a Tree House?

WRset

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

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

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