Advice from the Experts - Traffic Control

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. Ask parents to join the kids for worship rally at the end of the day. Parents will already be in the building when it is time to dismiss. Place a person with a radio at each build entrance. Offset schedules to insure preschoolers are not in halls ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Creating Your VBS Budget

The three foundational components of VBS planning are a calendar, budget, and an event schedule. Together these three documents create a framework for the event and provide direction for everything from enlisting workers to purchasing snacks and crafts supplies. Last Thursday's post focused on creating a planning calendar. Now that you know your purpose and have a finalized calendar you are ready to create or rework an existing budget. The first step is to review budgets and actual costs from ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Create a Planning Calendar

Last week we explored the necessity of defining the purpose of your VBS before diving into details. I hope you took time this week to meet with your pastor to discuss his expectations and arrive at a common purpose. Now that you know the purpose, and the type of event your are planning, it is time to jump in with both feet and get started. LifeWay's VBS 2015 Administrative Guide for Directors provides some great resources and templates to help you develop a planning calendar, set up a budget, ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Know Your Purpose

Last Thursday I introduced a series of training posts that will follow the six steps of leading a VBS as outlined in LifeWay's VBS 2015 Administrative Guide for Directors. Step 1: Know Your Purpose and Theme You may think knowing the purpose of VBS seems too elementary to even discuss. After all, don't we all know why we conduct VBS? Of course you know why you conduct VBS, and I know why I conduct VBS, but do we agree?  The truth is, gather a group of VBS leaders in a room and you will ... Continue Reading