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

Advice from the experts - Scheduling

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. Include missions rotation videos and teaching resources during the large-group worship rally or during snacks. Extend worship rally time by a few minutes and include more music in place of the music rotation. For a smooth rotation schedule, use ... Continue Reading

Scheduling Ideas To Increase Time and Space

A lack of space or time can be great challenges to a VBS schedule. While it may be impossible to add hours to the clock or additional rooms to the church building, there are ways to stretch or increase both time and space. Use recreation as an early arrival activity. Weather and space permitting, move recreation activities to the front lawn beginning 30 minutes prior to the advertised starting time. Serve a quick snack as kids are transitioning between two rotations, or between the opening ... Continue Reading

Maximize VBS Registration Opportunities

Registration is a necessity of VBS, yet we rarely give it much attention. After all, what is easier than collecting names and ages? But how many opportunities are lost when we take the registration process for granted? Here are a few takeaways from a discussion I recently had with a group of VBS Leaders. Registration is typically the first contact families have with your VBS and church. First impressions are powerful and lasting. The registration process (both online and in person) should ... Continue Reading