From the Archives: "Preparing for VBS" Part 1

September 1, 1924 was a big day in the history of Vacation Bible School. It was the official start of LifeWay's VBS Ministry Department. The department as such no longer exist, but the ministry of publishing VBS curriculum and training church leaders to use it is bigger and better than ever. From time to time, over the next year, I'm going back to the archives to not only honor our past but to glean insight and wisdom from the ages. Today's wisdom comes from a 1997 training outline titled: 62 ... Continue Reading

Evaluating After is as Important as Planning Before

We all know how important planning is to the success of VBS. But why take the time to evaluate after it is over? After all, what is done is done!  I once had a boss who was so convinced of the value of evaluation he held evaluation sessions to evaluate the evaluation sessions. While this may seem extreme, what he taught by example is that we can never stop learning or improving, AND the only way to truly learn and improve is to evaluate the previous event before planning the next one. Here ... Continue Reading

6 Actions That Express Appreciation

  If you are like me you might struggle with expressing appreciation to your VBS team. It's not that we don't appreciate the work and contributions of others. It's not even that we don't think about expressing appreciation. While we are extremely grateful we just do a poor job of expressing it. Here are a few ways to make sure members of your VBS team know they are appreciated and their efforts have not been taken for granted. 1. Public recognition is possibly the easiest way to express ... Continue Reading

Involving Teenagers as Leaders in VBS

My first VBS "worker" assignment was at the ripe old age of 12. My aunt was the teacher of the five-year-old class and she desperately needed a helper. We conducted VBS in the morning, ate a sandwich, and then spent the afternoon getting ready for the next day. We had 10 kids in an 80-square-foot room. For me the week was a huge lesson in flexibility! While using teenagers - or in my case a pre-teenager - is not ideal for multiple reasons, mature teenagers can be the solution to a worker ... Continue Reading