Advice From the Experts - Using Teenagers as Workers, Part 2

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. Restrict cell phone usage during VBS. Partner each teen with an adult worker. Hold a separate training session for teens on “How to be a Volunteer”. Ask teens to sign a contract that clearly states expectations and responsibilities. Conduct a ... Continue Reading

Start Planning Now for Continuing the Connections After VBS

If you haven't already done so, now is the time to begin planning for VBS 2015, and the first order of business is to determine the purpose. You need to answer the question, "What do we want to see happen as a result of VBS 2015?" Once answered, you need to establish goals achieve that outcome. I believe many of us put tremendous time and effort into VBS without first sitting goals or thinking about what we hope to achieve. Of course I hope your ultimate goal is to create the most ... Continue Reading

Creating a VBS Family Experience Designed to Connect, Not Just Celebrate

Family Night has long been part of the VBS tradition. For decades the night has been an opportunity to demonstrate memorized Scripture, songs, and display arts and crafts created during the week. Adapted from the public school PTA parent night, where parents were given the opportunity to meet teachers and review of the progress of their children, VBS Family Night served much the same purpose. Of course, the night was fully sanctioned as an official church event by serving ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Using Teenagers as Workers, 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. Require teenagers to submit an application that includes their testimony, a statement of what they liked best about VBS when they were kids, and a statement of why they wish to work in VBS. Use this information to help you assign appropriate ... Continue Reading