6 Tips for Taking Your VBS to the Next Level

Some of us have been leading VBS for so long it becomes tempting and easy to go into autopilot mode by pulling out the plans from the previous year and just changing the dates. It is even more tempting when we have a great team that is willing to assume the same responsibilities as before. After all, if it ain't broke, why fix it?   The truth is, one of the biggest threats to a great VBS ministry is stagnation. Any ministry - including VBS - that becomes tired and worn out risks the ... Continue Reading

Expressing Appreciation to Your Team

Christmas is when we most often express appreciation the best. Reflecting on the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ - leads us to think of all that others have done to bless and enrich our lives. Giving tokens of appreciation just comes natural at Christmas. But what about the rest of the year - especially for those VBS workers who are enlisted long after the holidays? The best way to express your appreciation to this army of faithful volunteers is not with monetary gifts but with your ... Continue Reading

Prepping the Building for VBS

Most aspects of VBS prep are obvious. After all, it is essential that workers be enlisted and trained, resources and supplies gathered, decorations created, and snacks assembled. But how much attention do you give to prepping the building? VBS typically requires using space that is not normally reserved for kids ministry. Rooms used as adult classrooms 51 weeks of the year or quickly rearranged to house first graders with little thought to hidden dangers. Even rooms typically used for kids ... Continue Reading

Off the Map - What's Your Story?

The VBS conversation has changed radically the past few years. We are no longer just talking about the outreach and evangelistic potential of the week of VBS, we are talking about the phenomenal opportunities of reaching entire families and staying connected long after the week of VBS has passed. We have been challenged to make VBS more evangelistic than ever before. We have been challenged to build bridges to spiritual orphans. We have been challenged to reach not only children but ... Continue Reading