From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 1)

Worker enlistment is often one of the most challenging aspects of planning VBS. While we wish for a quick and easy way to accomplish this task, the truth is, it takes work. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of producing VBS curriculum, I've been searching through the files for tips that are just as relevant today as they were when first shared. Following are six tips from a 1997 training session led by long-time VBS leader Carr Suter. The Pastor must stress the importance of VBS ... Continue Reading

Overcoming VBS Logistical Challenges

When faced with a logistical challenge such as space, scheduling, or lack of workers, step back and look for a solution instead of obsessing over the obstacle. WHEN SPACE IS A CHALLENGE Combine age groups Reduce the age-span offered at a particular time (children in the morning, teens at night) Look for temporary options such as campers or large tents Rotate leaders into one room instead of kids into multiple rooms Consider using Backyard Kids Club resources which are designed ... Continue Reading

Pros and Cons of Evening VBS

Approximately sixty-six percent of Bible schools are now conducted in the evening. This rapid move from morning to evening results from a variety of reasons including worker availability and cooler temperatures. Before turning your VBS into an evening experience be sure to consider all of the pros and cons including the following: PROS 1. Younger workers and more men are often available. 2. Kids who attend summer school, day camps, and child care are available. 3. It is easier to ... Continue Reading

It's Time to Report Your VBS

VBS 2014 reports have been arriving in my office by the thousands. If quantity of mail is any indication I must have the most popular address on the 7th floor. Of course the envelopes are actually addressed to the VBS Report Desk - which you might find humorous to learn is nothing more than a FAX machine sitting on a small metal foot stool in a corner of my office. So actually it is the Report Desk that holds title to the most popular address. If you have not already done so, it is time to file ... Continue Reading