Tips for Increasing Associational VBS Training Attendance

I recently had a chance to spend time with associational VBS leaders from across Alabama – the State that annually trains more VBS leaders than any other state. Leaders from the four associations reporting the largest attendance in 2014 shared the following tips for increasing attendance. Find a location that is centrally located and stay with it. Ensure the date and time does not conflict with other major community events such as the first day of little league season. If the ... Continue Reading

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

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